Weekly recruiting roundup
Three Maryland football recruits suited up for the North squad Thursday night at the inaugural Chesapeake Bowl at Towson's Johnny Unitas Stadium. The statuses of their commitments, however, vary.
Red Lion (Pa.) offensive lineman Andrew Zeller said that while it was “a shame” to see Ralph Friedgen let go, he’s still on board with the Terps.
“Right now I’m currently committed. I’m going to stay committed,” Zeller said. I need to reevaluate the coaching situation and the whole new staff that’s going to be brought in. They said that a coach should be named by Jan. 4, so that’s just a couple days away. We’re going to see what happens, go down there and check things out and possibly take some more official visits.”
Zeller said the other schools that he’ll consider are Miami, Michigan State and Oregon.
Salesianum (Del.) School center Evan Mulrooney plans to visit another ACC school next month, but like Zeller, he remains committed to Maryland.
“Well with [Maryland offensive line] coach [Tom] Brattan, I still don’t really know what he’s doing,” Mulrooney said. “At this point, it’s still really get hired again or retire. So I’m still committed and everything, but I’m taking my official to N.C. State just for a backup plan and everything. … We’ll see what happens.”
Mulrooney said he bonded with Zeller and Point Pleasant Boro (N.J.) tight end Ryan Malleck in the days leading up to the Chesapeake Bowl, in addition to staying in touch with Charter School of Wilmington (Del.) running back Brandon Ross and Pope John (N.J.) linebacker Cole Farrand. The Terps commitments have discussed the coaching search and their plans for next year. Mulrooney said he’d be intrigued if former Texas Tech coach Mike Leach were hired.
“I know the spread is real quick with a lot of passes and everything,” Mulrooney said. “It would be great to work with someone like him. He just has a real potent offense, he’s just an offensive guru. It would be really cool to be under him. I’m sure whoever he would bring in for O-line is a good guy because they put a lot of numbers up back when he was at Texas Tech.”
Malleck, meanwhile, told InsideMDSports' Seth Hoffman that he could take visits to Miami, Nebraska, Rutgers and Vanderbilt.
“As of right now I’m still committed,” Malleck said. “I just want to talk to the new coach that comes in. I did open my recruiting again, I’m looking at a few other schools. I’ll probably take my four official visits before it’s all said and done.”
As for Rodman Noel, he told the Herald that he still plans on playing football at Maryland, despite the recent firing of Ralph Friedgen (the reigning ACC Coach of the Year).
A 6-foot-8, 240-pound forward who was once committed to Seton Hall, McCrory also lists Virginia, Colorado, Indiana, Wagner, Clemson and Hofstra. He hopes to decide by January or February.
In fact, the Scorpions only basket during the final seven minutes of the second quarter was a put-back dunk by Greg Whittington (14 points, 12 rebounds) with 1:54 on the clock.
The 6-foot-1 sophomore helped the No. 5 Rams to two victories last week, including a hard-fought 42-35 victory over National Christian Academy in which she had 19 points and 17 rebounds. Harrison, a point forward, also scored 22 points and grabbed 18 rebounds in a 68-19 win over Edmondson. Harrison, who averages 19 points and 17 rebounds for the 5-2 Rams, already has made an oral commitment to play for Maryland.