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November 12, 2010

Weekly recruiting roundup

One year ago the Maryland men's basketball program received a post-Signing Day surprise when Montrose Christian guard Terrence Ross decided against inking with the Terps during the fall period.

(Ross eventually ended up at Washington, while the Terps quickly rebounded by landing a commitment from Oak Hill (Va.) point guard Pe'Shon Howard, who was last seen shooting Maryland to a last-second win over College of Charleston.)

The early signing period for the 2011 class brought significantly less drama for the Terps, with Seton Hall Prep (N.J.) point guard Sterling Gibbs officially on the board and City shooting guard Nick Faust scheduled to sign his letter of intent Monday during an 11 a.m. ceremony at his school library.'s Evan Daniels ranked Maryland's two-man class the No. 7 group in the ACC. The Terps still have two prime post targets on their wish list: Adjehi Baru of the Steward School in Richmond, Va., and Desmond Hubert of New Egypt High in N.J.

Dick Weiss of the New York Daily News reported that Hubert was down to Maryland, Princeton and Wake Forest. Baru, meanwhile, is still focused on College of Charleston, Maryland, North Carolina and Virginia Tech. A timeline for his decision, however, remains unclear.

• The Fayetteville (N.C.) Observer's Dan Wiederer answered four questions about basketball recruiting in the ACC, including who he thinks is the conference's top 2011 recruit that's not playing on Tobacco Road.

This is a tough call. But as of now, the edge has to go to [Virginia Tech's Dorian] Finney-Smith over Maryland recruit Nick Faust. There's just too much to love about Finney-Smith's versatility and upside. Faust, however, will also bring a lot to the table for Gary Williams at Maryland. He's a wiry 6-foot-6 wing who plays with great confidence and can be used in many ways.

• Former UM center target Norvel Pelle has committed to St. John's.

“It feels like home and away from home,’’ Pelle said on national TV when he announced his decision. “[Red Storm] coach [Steve] Lavin is a very smart guy. He’s a very smart coach. I just loved the way he approached the situation.’’

Football recruiting

• Maryland linebacker target Travis Hughes has set his decision date for Dec. 18. He will take another unofficial visit to College Park next weekend for the Florida State game.

To date, Hughes has taken four of his five official visits to Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia and Virginia Tech. The final one is coming up over the Thanksgiving holiday to Clemson on November 27th against South Carolina.

Hughes ended his Kempsville (Va.) High career by breaking a record.

Hughes’ 354 rushing yards Friday against Princess Anne set a district single-game record, topping the previous mark of 340 by Kellam’s Delmus Coley in 2001. Hughes carried 24 times and scored six touchdowns in a 63-32 win.

• UM fullback commitment Tyler Cierski will lead Mill Creek against Etowah in the first round of the Georgia Class AAAAA playoffs.

The Duluth game had a playoff feel as Mill Creek had to overcome a 23-20 deficit in the second half. Maryland commitment Tyler Cierski had two touchdown runs to put the Hawks ahead. The fullback finished with 104 yards rushing. The Hawks’ defense shut out Duluth in the second half led by Kelsey Griffin’s 10-tackle performance.

• Maryland offensive line recruit Stephen Grommer is gearing up for the South Carolina 4A state playoffs with his Spartanburg High squad.

“We’ve seen what can happen when we think we can win and practice as hard as we can,” the Maryland commitment said. “It’s motivation to know you can beat a No. 4 seed.”

Posted by Matt Bracken at 1:02 PM | | Comments (3)
Categories: Weekly recruiting roundup


Nice reminder, Matt.

After Wednesday's game, I was thinking about all of the crying that was done over Maryland's loss of Ross and the fact that it directly led to the Terps' signing of Howard. I understand that it's early and one game does not make a career, but for those who constantly whine about Williams' lack of effort in recruiting, it appears that some credit for "mining" Howard, particularly as late in the process as it occurred, is due.

To all that do not know Dan Weiderer, he writes as a sports reporter for the Fayetteville Observer. I, being a die hard Terp fan down here, has seen his unbelieveable bias towards the Terps. Last year, he had his power rankings and projected finish with the Terps at 6th and making the NIT. Then, when they finally tie for the reg season, he grudgingly gives the team some props, but continues to tout Duke, and Carolina (who is his real bias). So anything he has to say about the Terps, I'd take with a grain of salt.


As a Terp living in Texas, I can sympathize with you, but, as you said, I'd simply take it with a grain of salt. Frankly, I do that with many of the local Maryland folks who, presumably, have a more active interest and/or working knowledge of Maryland, yet for some reason are overly critical or seemingly remain perpetually clueless.

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Matt Bracken was a lightly recruited football and tennis prospect out of East Lansing (Mich.) High School in 2001, but spurned all (nonexistent) scholarship offers to attend the University of Michigan. Matt graduated from UM in 2005, earned a master's degree in new media journalism from Northwestern University in 2006, and spent the first 11 months of his career as an online producer / videographer / blogger at the Arizona Daily Star in Tucson. He has worked at The Baltimore Sun since July 2007, where he currently serves as the deputy sports editor for digital.

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