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January 26, 2011

Change of plans for DeMatha's Delonte Morton

The Maryland football program's 2011 recruiting class will not include DeMatha running back Delonte Morton.

“He’s not going to go to Maryland,” DeMatha coach Bill McGregor said Wednesday. “… There’s not much you can do. It just is what it is.”

A source close to Morton said the reason he won’t end up in College Park is related to academics. Whether the 6-foot-1 ½, 249-pound senior spends next season at a prep school or a junior college has not been determined. InsideMDSports.com first reported the news of Morton’s situation Tuesday night.

A three-star prospect according to Scout.com, Morton committed to the Terps last March after missing his junior season with a torn ACL.

Morton was hindered his senior season by a high-ankle sprain, rushing for 298 yards and five touchdowns on 40 carries in five games.

Posted by Matt Bracken at 11:33 AM | | Comments (15)
        

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Academics? OK, he'll probably end up at Virginia Tech or Florida State.

I saw another commentor mention this a week or so ago, but could you possibly share some information on the Maryland academic requirements and how they compare to other schools? This seems to be a reason for a decent amount of prospects not coming here. I'm not necessarily against the way we do things, but am curious about how schools compare. Thanks.

Zach -- I think prep school or JUCO is a better bet than another ACC school. An article on how Maryland differs in its admission standards is a great idea, but definitely something for a full-time reporter. I'll pass the idea along to the right person though.

Hey, the kid missed his junior season with an acl and much of his senior year with a high ankle sprain. This was a questionable offer at best - overweight and injury prone. This is not the type of guy worth bending academic standards over.

Chad -- He definitely got in much better shape after his ankle healed. I only spoke to him once, but he seemed like a really good, appreciative kid. Hope everything works out for him.

I think an article about admission standards would be interesting. Citing specific examples of players that were not accepted at one school, but were accepted at another. We hear about it all the time at Maryland, but would like to see some prrof.

GoTerps, Others,

Ok. How long is an NBA career? 10 years? 15 is you are really lucky?

How many MDplayers are in the NBA? 2?3?Wilcox play at all? Greives was drafted last year. Blake still plays.

Just because Garrison was a bust? Who WASN'T a bust?

Wake up. Gary is the worst at developing players than any major D1 Coach. He is without a doubt the most frustrating coach I've ever seen.
He can't recruit a lick.

I would love to see the alternate univers where Jimmer Fredette plays for Gary. I bet he averages about 12 points a game.
Keep defensing Gary right into the 2nd round defeats.
If they even make the tourney, which they haven't now 3 out of 6 years?
Yeah. Awesome.

Garrison?

lol.

Jones, Mosely, Dupree, Ebekwe, Gist, McCray, Bowie, Tucker, and on and on. Every top 150 he has had, with the exception of Williams, in the past DECADE has been totally mediocre at BEST.

@Chris,
Numerous examples have been mentioned on this topic.

Cornell Brown; not accepted to UMD but accepted to VT (football)

Lawrence Moten; not accepted to UMD but accepted at Syracuse (b-ball)

This is an OLD problem/issue, one that dates back to a painful day in June, 1986. You are probably too young to remember what happened that day but 24 years later, UMD is still playing with much strict academic standards.

If this kid announced he's not going to Maryland, his academics are probably in such a shape that he won't get accepted anywhere. Go to Fork Union, get your business settled in the classroom and we'll see you at spring practice, 2012. I'd love to have a 250lb RB.

Tired of hearing from all my buddies who are fans of SEC or other ACC schools that MD is an easy school for players to get accepted for Football and basketball, I would love to show them the comparison with schools such as FSU, VA Tech, TN, Florida, Bama, etc. I would keep a copy of the article in my wallet.

Cierski is a 250lb rb with an offer from Stanford and is sticking with the Terps. Works for me.

Ryan,

Gary refuses to take "one and done" players, which is why you think he cannot recruit for a lick. Gary puts emphasis on being a 4 year player, not a player who plays a year and goes straight to the NBA. He focuses on players earning there playing time, not just giving it to them, and for that I applaud him.

Now saying all of that, that is also why many schools who are focusing on 4 year players are not going far in the tournament, they are refusing to recruit the elite talents. It is what it s, Gary has been here for so long, and brought much success to this program, who do you suggest replacing him with? You'd have to bring in someone with a bigger name than him, and to do that you'd have to wrench that coach away from there program, which probably wont happen.

What's wrong with high academic standards? Isn't that the point? I'd rather have the #1 Comp Sci program than the #1 football/basketball program. IMHO freshmen shouldn't be eligible unless their high-school gpa and test scores place them above avgerage for their incoming freshmen class (as compared to non-athletes).

Extramedium.... We are not an Ivy league institution therefore I think most of us would prefer #1 in football and or basketball as well as high academic standards. The Comp Sci comparison is a joke.

Unlike Maryland, Virginia Tech and Florida State can actually graduate their football players. Florida State ranks #6 in the ACC at 73%, VT ranks #7 at 71%, and Maryland ranks in at #10 with 60%. In this year's Discover Orange Bowl, the Stanford-Virginia Tech game had the highest combined football graduation rate ever for a BCS bowl. Maybe Maryland should focus less on academic requirements and more on recruiting some student-athletes who can actually graduate. It might help you win some more football games.

Ryan - you have taken clueless to another level!

Brad: Maryland could also graduate all their players if the school brought in professors who would issue passing grades for lackluster achievement. It's not only admissions where some schools lower their academic standards.

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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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