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November 19, 2010

Weekly recruiting roundup

Ralph Friedgen will be back in College Park next season and Maryland is still in contention for the ACC championship. According to one recruiting analyst, that stability is helping the Terps on the recruiting trail.

Rivals.com's Mike Farrell was asked this week how the Terps are benefiting from this positive momentum, especially in their efforts to recruit top prospects like Gilman's Darius Jennings.

I expect Maryland to close on a few top guys between now and National Signing Day, mainly Darius Jennings and possibly pull a surprise for Blake Countess, Darian Cooper, Travis Hughes or Brandon Clemons.

• Good Counsel cornerback Blake Countess -- who earlier this week was presented his jersey for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl -- updated Rivals.com with his schedule of college visits.

"I will take an unofficial visit to NC State probably after Thanksgiving," he said. "They recently offered me and I have family in that state. I will take my first official to Michigan on Dec. 3, Georgia Tech on Dec. 10 and Maryland on Dec. 17. I'd like to be able to make a decision after that but there are other schools like Purdue, Louisville and Arkansas that are also high on my list. If I'm not ready to decide, I will take some more officials in January and figure things out then."

• DeMatha kicker Michael Branthover recently picked up two ACC offers, according to The Washington Post.

All-Met kicker Michael Branthover of DeMatha, who recently was offered a scholarship by Maryland, has received his a scholarship offer from Virginia Tech, Stags Coach Bill McGregor said.

Jasper Coleman, an offensive lineman from Midlothian, Va., told Rivals.com this week that he has picked up scholarship offers from Maryland, Marshall, Towson and Bryant.

Maryland of course is the biggest scholarship from the ACC as it came two weeks ago.

“They’re a really big college,” he said. “They are bigger than all the others. I know they also have an animal science program I’m really interested in.

• Terps fullback pledge Tyler Cierski was profiled this week by the Gwinnett (Ga.) Daily Post.

Now here are his numbers. He leads Mill Creek with rushing touchdowns in a game (3), rushing touchdowns in a season (9), rushing touchdowns in a career (19), longest rushing touchdown (80 yards), total points scored in a season (60), total points scored in a career (132), total touchdowns in a season (11) and total touchdowns in a career (21). That is eight school records, yet his coach insists he’s more important.

• Maryland offensive line commitment Andrew Zeller leads Red Lion in a second-round Pennsylvania District 3 playoff game against Dallastown on Friday night.

Nothing quite like rising from the District 3 deck and grabbing that first W, eh, boys? Congrats. Mountainous Maryland-bound Andrew Zeller (77) blocked a conversion to preserve a 14-13 decision over McCaskey.

• Terps pledge Jimmy Stewart's Island Coast (Fla.) squad faces Tampa Catholic on Friday night in a Region 2B-3 semifinal.

[Island Coast coach Joe] Bowen said many college assistants have stopped by to watch Lynch or Pender and have left impressed with other players, such as Maryland commit Jimmy Stewart or Colorado State commit Bryan Bosworth.

• UM recruit Delonte Morton is back in the lineup for DeMatha, which faces Good Counsel on Sunday for the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference championship.

Although he is not full speed after missing most of the season because of a sprained ankle, having 6-foot-3, 251-pound Delonte Morton back in the lineup gives the Stags a more physical option.

• Maryland-bound offensive lineman Stephen Grommer was honored this week for his play last week on Spartanburg (S.C.) High's squad.

Spartanburg offensive lineman Stephen Grommer is the ESPN 1400 AM/97.1 FM Hawg of the Week. The Maryland commitment and Shrine Bowl selection consistently graded out at 90 percent during the season.

Basketball recruiting

• Rivals.com reported this week that Kentucky is now involved with Adjehi Baru. The Terps post target was listed on ESPN.com as one of the best uncommitted 2011 prospects.

Recruiting overview: Not much has changed for Baru over the past 10 days as he continues to consider Maryland, Virginia Tech, North Carolina and Charleston. While he wasn't able to make a decision prior to the conclusion of the early signing period, he reportedly might be ready to make a verbal commitment in the relatively near future.

• Maryland point guard signee Sterling Gibbs watched the Terps' 79-70 loss to Pittsburgh on Thursday night. The Panthers featured his older brother Ashton Gibbs.

“I’m not officially at the University of Maryland yet, but I definitely like both teams,” added Sterling, who attended the game with his parents, Temple and Jacqueline. “But I’m really pulling for Ashton Gibbs.”

Sterling, who starred at Seton Hall Prep just like his brother, was recruited by numerous schools, including Pitt, before signing with Maryland last week.

• Point Pleasant Boro (N.J.) wing Jarelle Reischel, who drew some Maryland interest, has committed to Rice.

... Reischel chose Rice over Seton Hall and Penn State. Reischel had been a focus of the Pirates’ recruiting since shortly after Kevin Willard took the job last spring.

• UM women's commitment Chloe Pavlech is mentioned in Cincinnati.com's girls basketball preview.

Pavlech has orally committed to play college basketball at Maryland and averaged 10.7 points and a team best 6.3 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game last season. Schaefer led the team in scoring at 11.4 points per game and Newbolt averaged 8.1. Hayden said Schaefer and Newbolt especially have stood out in the preseason.

Posted by Matt Bracken at 12:32 PM | | Comments (2)
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Matt:

In addition to Baru and Hubert, are you aware of any interest Maryland has shown, as a potential "fall-back" position, in Matt Gorski. I really don't know anything about him from a skills standpoint (i.e., does he project as an ACC-caliber post player), but he's 6'10", 225lbs, apparently plays a "traditional" center and is from Virginia. If not him, do you know of any other potentially targeted "bigs"?

Terp'nTexas -- Over the summer Maryland showed interest in Greg Whittington, a 6-8 guy from Oakland Mills. His coach raved about his potential. He's a senior, but might have some academic work to do.

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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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