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January 28, 2011

Weekly recruiting roundup

With Signing Day less than a week away, a top priority for Randy Edsall and the rest of the Maryland coaching staff will be to solidify the commitment of Bowie cornerback Jeremiah Hendy. reported this week that the Terps target has been looking elsewhere.

The Terrapins would love to find a way to get back into the picture with Jeremiah Hendy, a former strong Maryland commitment who has since shifted his attention to schools such as Virginia, Iowa and NC State. reported that a recent meeting between Hendy and Edsall went well.

Hendy met with Randy Edsall after his hiring and was impressed, but has continued to go on official visits to other schools. Hendy went to Charlottesville last weekend and also is considering Iowa.

• Maryland cornerback target Lafayette Pitts committed to Rutgers but is reportedly considering a visit to another Big East school.

Also, LaFayette Pitts from Woodland Hills - who recently committed to Rutgers - will visit Pitt this weekend and there is a feeling that he may be able to be brought back into the mix. The Rutgers people seem convinced he is a solid verbal and this is a courtesy visit but I've heard some different things about it and while it sure seems like he is headed to Rutgers, he is at least going to listen to what Pitt has to say.

Basketball recruiting

• The Hartford Courant reported this week that Connecticut is "showing interest" in Terps center target Desmond Hubert.

-Desmond Hubert, a 6-9 forward from Cream Ridge, New Jersey. He's class of 2011. UConn is still trying to decide whether it will look to add to the 2011 class that, right now, is Ryan Boatright, a point guard from East Aurora, Ill.

• Terps shooting guard signee Nick Faust's City squad dropped a 72-69 game to Largo on Monday.

City senior Nick Faust, a University of Maryland recruit who repeatedly heard chants of "overrated" from the Largo faithful, struggled from the perimeter through much of the night and missed 3 of 4 free throws in the last two minutes that could have altered the outcome. But Daniel was willing to forgive his senior, who finished with 19 points, and expects the Black Knights to make a serious push for a third consecutive 2A state title over the next seven weeks.

• this week posted a Q&A with Terps women's commitment Chloe Pavlech.

How many times have you had to explain the Maryland “Terrapin” mascot to your friends?

“Too many times. They’re like, ‘Chloe…a turtle?’ It’s a snapping turtle, I tell them to ‘fear the turtle’ every time Maryland wins.

Posted by Matt Bracken at 3:24 PM | | Comments (5)
Categories: Weekly recruiting roundup


Why can't the caching staff close the deal on Hubert? It's a little frustrating they can't sign a big to see what JW can do at the 4. If he stays which he will. Please shed some light as to why Hubert is looking like he's up for grabs?

Too many folks react to how many "stars" are assigned recruits. Look how many "4" star players may be overrated versus "2" stars (i.e. Vellano, Fulper & Matt Robinson) who produce once they are onboard. Accurate evaluations on football players is far more difficult than basketball players.

Uconn. Damn. Lets see what package they have available for Hubert's AAU coach.

Matt- What are your thoughts on Faust? It seems from the coverage of his senior season that he has taken a step back from where he was (or thought to be) in the summer. Do you believe he is a guy who can come in and contribute some scoring immediately for next years team?

wow, if, and i'm just saying if, JW went pro after this season, we will no front court next year, whatsoever.... Padgett and Weijs. We would have to sign a Juco....Don't want to sound desperate, but we need to address this....

ArdmoreAri -- Very tough to say on Hubert. He has to know everything there is to know about Maryland at this point. It's gotta be a little disconcerting for the Terps coaches that he's still thinking it over and listening to others. At the same time, Wake Forest, Georgia Tech and others have already been shed from his list, so the Terps are in a solid spot. It's just a tough one to predict.

TL -- I haven't seen him play this year, but have seen him enough before to know that he can contribute right away. Faust fills a void as a shooter. I think fans should temper their expectations, because he needs to get stronger and he's apparently had some struggles this year. But he is definitely a talented kid who can shoot the ball and proved himself against the country's best, which cannot be discounted.

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About Matt Bracken

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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