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November 11, 2011

Weekly recruiting roundup

The first recruiting class of the Mark Turgeon era at Maryland was unveiled to high acclaim Wednesday.

Most recruiting analysts were impressed by the Terps' three-man group of center Shaquille Cleare, small forward Jake Layman and combo guard Seth Allen.

Scout.com gave the Terps a No. 12 ranking for their 2012 class. Right behind was CBSSports.com, which handed out the No. 13 ranking. Next came MaxPreps.com, which put Maryland at No. 14 nationally, followed by ESPN.com's No. 17 ranking. Maryland didn't crack Rivals.com's Top 25.

"We're very pleased with our class for 2012 so far," Turgeon said in a news release. "We've added three quality players with great character who will fit in with our Maryland Basketball family."

The first-year coach said he expects to add others to Maryland's 2012 class.

• The Boston Herald was on hand for Layman's signing ceremony. Check out the video below.

• One 2012 prospect who probably won't be part of Maryland's class is Torian Graham. The Terps are "no longer pursuing" the four-star shooting guard, according to InsideMDSports.

• Maryland power forward target Robert Carter signed with Georgia Tech.

A big forward (250 pounds) rated 21st among the nation's seniors according to ESPN, Carter is also ranked seventh among the nation's power forwards by ESPN. He is rated a four-star recruit by Rivals, who ranked him 28th overall and 11th among power forwards.

Daniel Dingle, a 6-foot-7 forward from the Bronx who reportedly received some UM interest, signed this week with Temple.

Dingle rewarded [Fran] Dunphy’s loyalty Tuesday morning, choosing the Owls over Miami, Seton Hall and Auburn.

• The Sun Gazette of Williamsport, Pa., was on hand for the signing ceremony of Maryland women's commitment Tierney Pfirman.

"It was amazing," said Pfirman. "Coming out of South Williamsport and going to a Division I ACC school, I was a little nervous, but signing those papers meant a lot and it's the next four years of my life and to just see the support and the crowd that came out tonight just meant everything in the world to me."

• Terps women's pledge Chloe Pavlech was also scheduled to sign her letter of intent this week.

"In my coaching experience Chloe stands out as the most committed and self-motivated player I have coached," Sycamore coach Paula Hayden said.

As a junior, Pavlech averaged 11.8 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.7 assists.

Football recruiting

• Maryland-bound quarterback Caleb Rowe is one of five finalists for South Carolina's Mr. Football award.

Rowe, who has committed to the University of Maryland, passed for 2,325 yards and 31 touchdowns for Blue Ridge, which saw its season end with a 44-34 loss to York in the first round of the Class AAA playoffs Friday.

• Terps athlete commitment Joe Riddle will not return this season for Linganore's playoff run.

Riddle said his broken fibula is healing properly. He hopes to have his cast removed in a week and replaced by a walking boot.

• The Detroit News this week profiled Good Counsel wide receiver and Terps target Stefon Diggs.

The full vetting of those attributes will take place during official visits. At the moment Michigan and Cal (whom Diggs indicated will receive first official), are the surest destinations. Talk centers around Auburn, Virginia and Florida as the favorites for the other three.

• The Washington Post spoke to Eddie Goldman's father about the five-star prospect and Terps target's visit to Alabama.

“The game atmosphere was mad crazy,” [Eddie] Muhammad said. “Even before the game, the people in the streets, it’s a whole other planet down there.”

Posted by Matt Bracken at 1:02 PM | | Comments (3)
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Any word if we are interested in Jordon Goodman? He just decommitted from his third school, and has a good relationship with Dalonte Hill.

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Josh: I'm just not sure I see it. Goodman has now decommitted from three schools, and I believe he's more of a 3 than a 4. With Layman in the fold, I don't know if the Terps have a need there. Never say never, especially with the DC Assault connection, but I would be surprised if anything happened there. -- Matt

I am not sure about Goodman either. Turgeon seems to be implying that we could add a few more recruits for '12. Any idea on names/positions he is considering?

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Josh: I think Turgeon will look for a shooting guard and a power forward. The only guys still on the board that haven't eliminated Maryland (or vice versa) are Sam Cassell Jr. (who's more of a combo guard) and Charles Mitchell. Guys always blow up during the year, so I'm sure we'll hear some new names once the season starts. -- Matt

At least Turgeon is making a great effort to recruit here and it looks like he's doing fairly well. I'm not sure I would rate this class #12 in the country. But so far, I like Turgeon much more than that guy who's coaching the football team.

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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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