Weekly recruiting roundup
While his future teammates prepared for the Puerto Rico Tip-Off, Shaquille Cleare was making things official with Maryland.
Video surfaced this week of Cleare, a four-star center, signing his letter of intent with the Terps last week at the Village School in Houston. Check it out below.
"I try to attack them when they're young," Hill said. "You have to get the Terrapin name out there early. … I think Maryland got away from that a bit recently. Hopefully we can get them going on the right path again."
In many ways, Hill is more counselor than car salesman. During one phone conversation, he might give a prospect advice on a family problem. The next, he'll talk about studying for a tough history test. Sometimes he'll give instruction on footwork and shot selection. The point is, Hill never touches on the same subject twice, always trying to offer something different, always keeping the topics interesting.
"I was shown some nice and glamorous things," he said. "But, at Kansas State, I saw everything -- classrooms and living situations. I liked how we spent a lot of times on academics and teaching me how I'll get through my day as a regular student. They gave me a good visual."
• The Orlando Sentinel reported this week that Dvario Montgomery, a wide receiver from Winter Park (Fla.) High, eliminated Central Florida from his list and is down to just Maryland and South Florida. The four-star prospect and Rivals.com's No. 167 player in the country visited College Park two weeks ago.
“It was real good,” Montgomery said. “I liked the atmosphere, the only thing about it, it was cold. I could adapt to that fine. Other than that, everything was nice. I loved the coaches. Coach (Randy) Edsall, all of them … they were showing me so much love. They showed me basically everything that happens. The players, everyone was true, there was no messing around … I respected it.”
• Two Maryland commitments will lead Pittsburgh Central Catholic against Upper St. Clair on Friday night in a Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League Class AAAA semifinal.
Central Catholic has two players headed to Maryland -- receiver-defensive back Anthony Nixon and quarterback Perry Hills. Nixon was recruited to play defensive back.
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