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December 3, 2010

Weekly recruiting roundup

Andrew Zeller has a shot Saturday night at ending his high school football career with a championship.

The Maryland-bound offensive lineman will lead Red Lion against Cumberland Valley for the Pennsylvania District 3 Class AAAA title. Zeller has been dominant on the offensive and defensive lines for the Lions throughout their playoff run.

He's recorded 68 tackles and 61/2 sacks, caused four fumbles, recovered two fumbles and broken up numerous passes.

Zeller and his defensive mates haven't allowed a point in the last seven quarters.

•'s Jamie Newberg recently wrote an ACC recruiting overview, which included thoughts on Maryland's wish list for the 2011 recruiting class.

After being eliminated by five-star offensive tackle Cyrus Kouandjio (Hyattsville, Md./DeMatha), the Terps are still in the hunt for Under Armour All-American athlete Darius Jennings (Baltimore, Md./Gilman School). He would be a great get for this class. Secondary is still a need and Maryland is after Corey Tindal (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Boyd Anderson), Dondi Kirby (Monroeville, Pa./Gateway), Blake Countess (Baltimore, Md./Our Lady of Good Countess) and Steven Montgomery (Hollywood, Fla./McArthur).

• Countess, the Good Counsel cornerback, will visit Michigan this weekend before taking trips to two ACC schools.

The 5-10, 171-pound Countess received an offer from Michigan after an impressive senior season. He is ranked as the nation’s No. 156 overall prospect by He will follow his Michigan official visit with official visits to Georgia Tech and Maryland the following two weekends and could announce a decision at the U.S. Army Bowl on Jan. 8.

• Gilman quarterback and Terps target Darius Jennings has been named the Gatorade Maryland Football Player of the Year.

Jennings is undecided on college, but has narrowed his list to Ohio State, UCLA, Maryland, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest.

“I’m amazed at what Jennings is able to do,” DeMatha Coach Bill McGregor said in a news release. “We’ve played him two years in a row and ‘held’ him to about 550 yards rushing. There’s nothing you can do to stop him, and we worked very hard to try and find a way.”

• UM offensive line commitment Ryan Doyle will lead Wake Forest-Rolesville against Panther Creek on Friday night in a North Carolina 4-AA semifinal game.

The Cougars have a veteran offensive line with four seniors. [Dylan] Intemann, a right tackle, is 6 foot 5 and 300 pounds. The other tackle, Ryan Doyle, is 6-6 and 270. WF-R has the best collection of backs in the Triangle.

• Maryland athlete pledge Jimmy Stewart will play in a Florida Class 2B state semifinal Friday when his Island Coast squad meets University High of Fort Lauderdale.

"We call them the OG - Original Gators," said Bowen.

The OG group includes defensive ends Aaron Lynch and Jimmy Stewart, quarterback Nelson Candelario, linemen Scott and Bryan Bosworth and Quinn Jackson.

• DeMatha kicker Michael Branthover, who reportedly picked up a late Terps offer, has committed to Virginia Tech.

Branthover will sign with Tech in February but won't be on scholarship until January of 2012. He will pay his own way at Tech next fall and compete for the starting punter position. Virginia Tech now has 14 verbal commitments in its 2011 football recruiting class.

Basketball recruiting

• In his Weekly Whispers mailbag,'s Jerry Meyer weighs in on the recruitment of Terps center target Adjehi Baru.

A number of sources surrounding Baru's recruitment feel that the College of Charleston is the team to beat in his recruitment. Maryland has also been pursuing Baru heavily.

• Terps shooting guard recruit Nick Faust was profiled this week in The Sun's winter sports preview.

Faust is focused on building on the past year's breakthrough. He's looking forward to the challenge of stepping up as the team leader in his final high school season and is confident the Knights have the goods to capture another championship.

From there, he's ready to further elevate his game at Maryland, which ['s Dave] Telep believes is an ideal fit. "If you look at this from an evaluation standpoint, he is willing to play for a coach [ Gary Williams] that maxes out the potential of everybody on his roster and I think Nick has the desire to get there," Telep said.

• Maryland women's commitment Chloe Pavlech reached double figures in Sycamore (Ohio) High's 42-28 win over St. Ursula.

Junior Chloe Pavlech scored a game-high 16 points for the Aviators. Sycamore coach Paula Hayden described her offense as a work in progress.

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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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