Terps land forward Jake Layman
On a night when Maryland's football team made headlines with a nationally televised win over Miami, the Terps basketball program got some good news of its own.
"I like Coach [Mark] Turgeon's style of play, his offense is a good fit for me," Layman told ESPNBoston.com. "The ACC is a good conference for me, too. I think it's the most skilled conference in the country, I like it a lot. I've spent a lot of time with the players [on my visits], I know them real well, and they're easy to talk to, so that’s good. Plus, I have the opportunity to be an impact player my freshman year."
Layman, rated a four-star prospect and the No. 53 player in the 2012 class by ESPN.com, canceled visits to Florida, Louisville and Syracuse after deciding on the Terps. He is the third commitment of Maryland's 2012 class, joining Seth Allen, a combo guard from Fredericksburg (Va.) Christian, and Shaquille Cleare, a center from The Village School in Houston. King Phillip coach Sean McInnis told Recruiting Report in July that Layman was a fan of Maryland's coaching staff.
“Turgeon and [assistant coach Scott] Spinelli are two dynamic people,” McInnis said. “They are outstanding, family type of people. They do such a great job recruiting. They have been watching Jake and have been involved with Jake since [they were at Texas] A&M. They have been tremendous. They’re both tremendous people. Jake is extremely interested in Coach Turgeon as a person and a coach. He loves the Maryland area. His family has some very strong connections to the Maryland area.”
Check back with Recruiting Report on Tuesday for more on Layman's commitment.