Is it true when you committed to Maryland you had just met with the coaches, walked out, talked to your dad and then went back in and said, "I want to be a Terp"?
Yeah. [Maryland defensive line coach Greg] Gattuso told me to come down and watch practice to see if I like the way he coaches, if that would fit my style of playing. After the practice it was me, Coach Gattuso, Coach [Keith] Dudzinski and my father. We sat there and talked for two or three hours. I had been to a lot of schools, but that was the first time we had a talk like that and we talked as friends, so I could see a future relationship building right there. I just didn't know how to say it. I walked out and asked my father, "How do I say it?" He said, "What do you mean, how do you say it? Walk back in there and say you want to be a Terp." Coach Gattuso was walking out and he was like, "Roman, what's wrong?" I said, "Nothing, Coach. I want to be a Terp." He threw me over his shoulder and ran into Coach Edsall's office like, "We got him. We got him."
I love Maryland, but I just don’t think that it’s the best fit for me and I’m still looking at North Carolina, but, like I said, I don’t really know what’s going on with their scholarship situation after their latest commitments.
Musgrove said his son is considering seven schools at this point: Kentucky, Stanford, N.C. State, UConn, Villanova, Temple and Ohio State.
Other 2012 power forward targets that Maryland has been mentioned in connection with include Robert Carter, a four-star prospect from Snellville, Ga., and Charles Mitchell, a three-star player from Marietta, Ga.
The Maryland men's basketball program hosted Sam Cassell Jr. on an official visit last weekend, but it'll be awhile before the Terps learn whether or not the Baltimore native will end up in College Park.
According to MidAtlanticHoops.com, Cassell "will not make his decision until spring." The former Towson Catholic combo guard, who is spending a post-grad year at Notre Dame Prep in Fitchburg, Mass., is reportedly also receiving interest from Butler, Missouri, Florida State and Washington, among others.
Cassell, a 6-foot-4, 180-pound prospect in the 2012 class, is in his second year at Notre Dame Prep in Fitchburg, Mass. The Terps first became involved with Cassell over the summer thanks to his play on the circuit with Nike Baltimore Elite.
NBE coach Carlton "Bub" Carrington told Recruiting Report in August that the level Cassell ended up at "was up to Sam."
“If he wants to be a passer first and a scorer second, I think he can play high-major ball because he has skills that translate,” Carrington said. “He can make shots. To what level he goes, it’s really up to him. He’s definitely a high-major talent.”
Check out video below of Cassell from the 2010-11 season at Notre Dame Prep.
The recruitment of Amile Jefferson does not appear -- at least publicly -- to be wrapping up any time soon.
The Daily Orange -- Syracuse's student newspaper -- profiled the Maryland power forward target this week, checking in with coaches and analysts about the five-star prospect's recruitment.
Jefferson, the No. 12 power forward in his class, is currently in the midst of making official visits to schools and meeting with coaches. He's already taken unofficial visits to North Carolina State, Villanova, Temple and Maryland, and he took an official visit to Ohio State last weekend, [Friends' Central head coach Jason] Polykoff said. The head coach said Jefferson also plans to visit Connecticut and is interested in Syracuse, among others.
Cedric Jones coaches Jefferson's AAU team, Team Philly, and said Jefferson met with Stanford on Tuesday. Polykoff said four more colleges were meeting with him at home or in school on Wednesday.
Much of the talk involving Maryland's power forward targets for the 2012 class has centered on Charles Mitchell, Mitch McGary and Amile Jefferson. But there's at least one other highly rated prospect who still has the Terps on his list.
Robert Carter, a 6-foot-8, 245-pound power forward from Shiloh High in Snellville, Ga., was a standout performer at the Under Armour Grind Session in Chicago last weekend. Maryland was one of five schools that the four-star prospect mentioned to ESPN.com's Reggie Rankin.
PF Robert Carter (Thomasville, Ga./Shiloh) has terrific skill and the ability to score inside and out with 3-point range in addition to being able to handle and pass. Carter is visiting Georgia, Georgia Tech, Maryland, Florida and Florida State.
Maryland's 2012 basketball recruiting class of Seth Allen, Shaquille Cleare and Jake Layman will undoubtedly add members sooner rather than later. But for now, the three-man group is considered one of the Top 25 classes in the country.
Rivals.com this week updated its team rankings, and the Terps checked in at No. 20 on the list
Four-star post player Shaquille Cleare is a physical presence who should have a significant impact on the ACC. Layman is a talented combo forward with a smooth shooting stroke and upside. Allen, a shooting guard, rounds out the class.
Other ACC teams listed are North Carolina (11), Florida State (13) and Virginia (16).
Three-star shooting guard Christian Sanders is in College Park this weekend for an official visit, giving the Maryland men's basketball staff a chance to impress one of its top targets.
Sanders, who also has offers from Colorado, Oklahoma State, Stanford, Texas and Vanderbilt, was a teammate of Terps center commitment Shaquille Cleare on the Houston Defenders. Brad Sanders, Christian's father, spoke to InsideMDSports.com this week about his son's visit to Maryland.
“This is not a four-year decision, it’s a 40-year decision. At least that’s the way we view it. I don’t know if that makes us unusual. It’s the way that Christian is approaching this decision,” Brad Sanders said. “The idea for this weekend is to be fully informed. When we’re ready and we feel completely comfortable with a specific situation, we will [make a commitment]. We’re not saying we’re definitely going to go to all of these places, but that’s the plan right now.”
ESPN.com's Adam Finkelstein, meanwhile, provided a short-term and long-term analysis on Layman's Terps pledge.
Short term: Another definite recruiting victory for a suddenly very hot Mark Turgeon. Layman is the No. 53-ranked player in the ESPNU 100 and his commitment boosts Maryland's class into the top 10 in the country. Here's the thing with Layman though, Terps fans are going to need to be patient. While incredibly talented, he's still fairly raw and not used to high-level competition outside of the AAU circuit. Consequently, his learning curve may be a little longer than most would expect from a borderline top 50 prospect.
While the Maryland football team opens its season Monday night against Miami, the Terps men's basketball staff will stay busy by hosting several notable visitors.
Philadelphia forward Amile Jefferson, Wrentham, Mass., forward Jake Layman and Gonzaga (D.C.) junior point guard Nate Britt were among the prospects tentatively scheduled to be in College Park this weekend. The Washington Post's Josh Barr caught up with Britt's father to discuss the Terps.
As for Maryland, in addition to the feeling out process between a recruit and a coach, there is an interest in seeing new coach Mark Turgeon’s style up front and personal.
“You want to see how he is going to coach his team this coming year,” Britt Sr. said. “He wanted to do that before saying, ‘I do,’ because at the end of the day, that [coach] is who he is going to be working for.”
The next couple months could feature a flurry of recruiting-related activity, with the Maryland men's basketball staff working now to line up official visits for several 2012 targets. According to ESPNBoston.com, four-star forward Jake Layman will be in College Park next weekend.
Maryland, whom some have viewed as the favorite, has made the cut, and will be his first visit over Labor Day weekend. Syracuse, Florida, Louisville and Wake Forest will be the other schools he will visit.
Graham has played in the past for D.C. Assault, the Washington-based AAU program where Terps assistant Dalonte Hill got his coaching start. Graham's guardian, meanwhile, told the Louisville Courier-Journal that Kentucky was "at the top" of Graham's list.
In the aftermath of last month's open period, at least three new names have since popped up on the Maryland men's basketball program's radar.
ESPN.com's Dave Telep tweeted Wednesday that the Terps have offered Terry Henderson, a 6-foot-4, 170-pound shooting guard from Raleigh, N.C.
Mom and dad are from [Maryland]. Said he'll officially visit Terps.
The Terps are also now reportedly in the mix with Daniel Dingle, a 6-foot-7, 220-pound forward from the Bronx.
Wing Daniel Dingle, one of the city’s top unsigned seniors out of St. Raymond, was offered by Miami and Maryland. The two ACC schools join Temple, UMass, Seton Hall, Auburn and Arizona in colleges he is considering.
Rivals.com reported that UM has also offered Andrew White, a 6-foot-6 small forward and a four-star prospect. White plays for Mychal Parker's alma mater, The Miller School.
Aaron led the Defenders with 18 points and seven rebounds in the final, while Andrew was a passing machine, notching 10 assists to go along with eight points.
"It really is a lot of fun to have this time with my brother and enjoy this experience," said Andrew. "I trust his abilities and I know he is going to make things happen when I get him the ball. He's pretty much unstoppable."
Scott Phillips, a Scout.com analyst, tweeted an updated list of schools for the twins.
Andrew Harrison gave a top 5 of Villanova, Kentucky, Baylor, Maryland, and Texas. Added interest from Kansas, Georgetown and Texas A&M.
There appears to be a trend emerging when it comes to Maryland basketball recruiting.
First, the Terps decide which players they want to target. Then those targets give interviews about their recruitment to various media outlets, and when asked which programs are recruiting them the hardest, Maryland is frequently mentioned.
The latest example of this comes from Northstar Basketball, which caught up this week with Garland, Texas center Prince Ibeh.
Although he is still raw, Ibeh listed offers from Texas, Maryland, Vanderbilt, Florida, Texas A&M, Baylor, Arkansas, "and a couple others."
Ibeh said he does not have any favorites, but said of who is coming after him the hardest, "Probably Texas, Maryland and Vanderbilt."
Turtle Soup contributor DBR spoke this week to Ibeh's high school, Jeff Clarkson, about his star player.
With coaches calling him almost daily and new schools trying to get involved, Clarkson didn’t speculate on Maryland’s chances but indicated that the recent visit to College Park helped the Terps. “He went from being leery to definitely considering it.”
Boston Amateur Basketball Club forward Jake Layman was one of many Maryland targets that impressed this week at the Peach Jam in North Augusta, S.C.
Rivals.com's Eric Bossi noted that the Wrentham, Mass., native is drawing quite a bit of high-major attention.
One of our contemporaries dubbed Layman "40-love" because he moves like a jumbo sized tennis player. Boston College and Providence have been well represented for him and Maryland appears to be making a push while Texas is looking to get involved. He shoots, moves extremely well for a 6-foot-8 guy and seems to have high upside.
Layman spoke to Adam Zagoria at the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League event and named Maryland his favorite. Check out the video below.
In the end, Britt — perhaps tired in his second game of the day after an overnight bus trip — struggled a bit against the 6-foot-6 Harrison’s size, and finished with 10 points, Harrison had 19 and Houston squeaked out a 65-64 victory.
Maryland is still in the mix with Amile Jefferson, but the Terps have plenty of company in the competition for the four-star forward's services.
Jefferson spoke to NBE Basketball Report this week after the Rasual Butler All-City Classic in Philadelphia. The Friends Central (Pa.) rising senior provided an updated list of schools and discussed some of his summer plans.
“Soon I’m hoping to get a visit down to NC State, hope to get a visit to Maryland,” Jefferson said. “I talked to a coach at Ohio State [and I am] hoping to get a visit there [and] however many schools I can.”
A legitimate 6-foot-8, he looks like a genuine small forward. He has a pretty shot with deep range, is swift in the open floor and an excellent finisher on the break. According to Layman Providence, Boston College and UMass have offered while Maryland and Notre Dame have been showing more recent interest.
He is long and skilled. He can shoot the long ball, showed some ability to put the ball on the floor, can get out and fill a lane and has very good athleticism at the rim. He reminds you of a Gordon Hayward type but with more length and athleticism. Could be a face up four, but I think he is skilled enough to eventually move to the wing. With added strength, he can be a very good player at the college level and possibly beyond.
By switching his commitment from Maryland to Virginia this week, Montrose Christian small forward Justin Anderson left the Terps' 2012 recruiting class with a gaping hole at small forward.
The Terps coaching staff, however, wasn't caught flat-footed by Anderson's decision. The Washington Post's Josh Barr wrote Thursday that Maryland could "intensify its effort to recruit" Episcopal (Va.) forward Arnaud Adala Moto.
“I think that there is a lot of people in the area who believe that since Anderson is heading to Virginia, that Arnaud might be a natural wing player Maryland might go after,” Episcopal Coach Jim Fitzpatrick said. "But the impression I get from Coach [Mark] Turgeon and his staff is that they are not going to move hastily. I think Coach Turgeon needs to see him with his own eyes in the July recruiting period. I guess they’re going to have interest, but how strong that interest is remains to be seen.”
Anderson is believed to looking around after Maryland’s new coach Mark Turgeon opted not to retain assistant coach Rob Ehsan, who had done much of the work recruiting Anderson. Virginia had been one of Anderson’s final choices and Virginia Tech might be in the mix if, as expected, Ehsan joins the Hokies’ coaching staff.
Seth Allen, a 6-foot-1 junior guard from Fredericksburg Christian, is scheduled to visit College Park with his family and high school coach on Saturday. Turgeon had offered Allen – who is friends with Montrose Christian forward Justin Anderson, a junior who committed to Maryland in March - a scholarship to Texas A&M before making the move to Maryland.
The gist from those brief conversations is that those three Terps recruits -- I haven't reached anyone close to Martin Breunig -- will wait and see who Maryland names as Williams' successor before making a decision on their commitment statuses. Stay tuned to baltimoresun.com/sports throughout the weekend for more on the coaching search. As Williams said today, "things will be moving very quickly here."
Goff, who will have two years of eligibility, signed with Oklahoma last fall. But the three-star prospect came back on the market this week.
Goff signed with OU in November prior to his sophomore season at Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College. When Goff signed, it was to play for former Sooner coach Jeff Capel. When he was fired last month, it led to a change of heart. He asked OU to release him from the letter of intent.
McGary indicated that he’s already received offers from Maryland, Mississippi, Miami (FL), Marquette, Purdue, Indiana, Oregon State, etc. He indicated that over the past few weeks he’s also heard from the likes of Texas, Arizona, Florida, Florida State, West Virginia, Connecticut, Duke, Cincinnati, Illinois, Michigan, Rutgers, Iowa, Iowa State, Pittsburgh, Villanova, Providence, and Washington State amongst others.
SLAM also offered a scouting report this week on the Terps target.
[McGary] has no problem getting a defensive board, begin the break himself, and finish with a crazy dunk. You don’t see guys who can eat up space in the middle with those type of skills, which is why schools ranging from the up and down PAC-10 to the slower paced Big Ten are all throwing their names in the Mitch McGary lottery.
The pickings appear slim for other available post players. Two prospects who have reportedly drawn interest from the Terps are former Bladensburg star Wally Judge -- a Kansas State transfer -- and Charis Prep (N.C.) forward Jared Guest.
Justin Anderson's quest for a national championship got off to a good start Thursday afternoon.
The Maryland-bound small forward scored 11 points and grabbed eight rebounds in Montrose Christian's 64-59 win over John Carroll in the first round of the National High School Invitiational at Georgetown Prep.
Anderson’s best moment came late in the third quarter, when he stole the ball and went in for an uncontested dunk, then grabbed a loose ball in the lane and scored just before the buzzer, giving Montrose Christian a 51-43 lead.
The Mustangs will play Boys & Girls of New York at 3:30 p.m. this afternoon. The game will be televised on ESPN2.
Anderson joined Stu Vetter's Montrose Christian program as an athletically precocious, nationally known ninth-grader. Vetter said Anderson was a natural leader for the Mustangs from Day One.
"Justin had what embodies a leader the day he walked onto the court," Vetter said. "Unfortunately, when you’re a freshman, you’ve got [upperclassmen] like Mouph Yarou and Isaiah Armwood and Josh Hairston, those kind of guys. As an underclassman, you don’t take over. Now he’s moved on as a junior and assumed a lot of leadership skills. Next year, as we always do, it’ll be his team. It’s his senior year, he has to be a leader. He expresses himself very well. He’s one of the more personable guys you’ve ever wanted to meet. He handled the press conference [Thursday] like a veteran NBA player."
Anderson quickly proved to be "one of the best athletes" Vetter has ever coached. While the expectations for Anderson "were way too high," the future Terp has developed into a vital player for the powerhouse Mustangs -- the top-ranked team in Washington.
"He’s playing at the highest possible high school level, and he’s done very, very well," Vetter said. "He’ll continue to develop and he will have an impact at Maryland from the beginning. I think he should be a McDonald’s All-American and be an outstanding recruit for Coach [Gary] Williams at the university."
Sterling Gibbs is just one win away from ending his high school career with a state championship.
The Maryland-bound point guard turned in a clutch performance for Seton Hall Prep on Wednesday night in the Pirates' 55-47 win over St. Peter's Prep in the North Jersey Non-Public A tournament championship game.
Senior Sterling Gibbs, who connected on 10 of 13 free throws in overtime, led Seton Hall with 23 points and junior Dallas Anglin chipped in with 17 points, hitting four 3-pointers.
Then he can turn his attention to another matter. He still hasn't announced whether he'll accept a college scholarship offer from Maryland or North Carolina. He's hoping to have plenty of time before making that choice.
"No, I haven't decided yet," Hubert said. "Hopefully, I'm going to decide as soon as the season's over. I just want to finish out the high school season and get to a state championship first."
Breunig, who joins Seton Hall Prep (N.J.) point guard Sterling Gibbs and City shooting guard Nick Faust in Maryland's 2011 class, picked the Terps over Virginia and several mid-major schools.
Maryland still has one scholarship to give for the 2011 class. So with Breunig's pledge, where does that leave the Terps in their pursuit of Oakland Mills forward Greg Whittington?
Scorpions coach Jon Browne said in a text message Thursday night that Maryland coach Gary Williams visited Oakland Mills for a practice that day. Williams "specifically told me that there is a full scholarship for Greg should he choose to attend Maryland," Browne wrote.
Even before the coaching transition from Ralph Friedgen to Randy Edsall, the Terrapins were not having a great recruiting year in-state. The coaching change definitely did not help that matter however, and they ended up with only one player ranked in the state's top ten. That one player is defensive back Jeremiah Hendy, who re-opened his recruitment after the coaching change, but re-confirmed back to Maryland on signing day. Joining Clarke from Fork Union will be Tyrek Cheeseboro, who also originally signed with Maryland last year but needed a prep year.
Analysis: It was a solid class for first-year coach Randy Edsall, but nothing flashy. Maryland loaded up on offensive tackles, and finished with a good mix of skill players. It’s an unheralded class with three two-star recruits and three unranked players who we’ll find out more about once they see some playing time.
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.
Rivals.com 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.
FootballNewsNow.com 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.
Three Maryland football recruits suited up for the North squad Thursday night at the inaugural Chesapeake Bowl at Towson's Johnny Unitas Stadium. The statuses of their commitments, however, vary.
Red Lion (Pa.) offensive lineman Andrew Zeller said that while it was “a shame” to see Ralph Friedgen let go, he’s still on board with the Terps.
“Right now I’m currently committed. I’m going to stay committed,” Zeller said. I need to reevaluate the coaching situation and the whole new staff that’s going to be brought in. They said that a coach should be named by Jan. 4, so that’s just a couple days away. We’re going to see what happens, go down there and check things out and possibly take some more official visits.”
Zeller said the other schools that he’ll consider are Miami, Michigan State and Oregon.
No matter whom Maryland names as its next football coach, at least two of the Terps' commitments from Florida are planning to be in College Park come fall.
The Naples (Fla.) Daily News spoke this week to cornerback Makinton Dorleant and safety Lukas Foreman, both of whom committed to the Terps this month before the coaching change was announced. Both players told their hometown paper that their commitments stand.
“Mike Leach is a great coach and will bring a high-powered offense,” said Dorleant, who has ran a 4.37 seconds in the 40 yard dash. “Coach [Don] Brown told me he’s staying, and if he’s there, I’m there. If he were to go, I’m sure Coach Leach or whomever they hire would come talk to me. I’d see what he has to say.
“The ACC is where I want to be.”
... “I’m committed to Maryland,” Foreman said. “I’m sad Coach Friedgen is gone, but I’m looking forward to playing safety for them.”
While there was plenty of uncertainty regarding Maryland's head-coach-in-waiting, it didn't stop the Terps' staff from continuing to plug away at the 2011 recruiting class. Maryland landed four commitments over the past week: Lely (Fla.) cornerback Makinton Dorleant, Quince Orchard linebacker Alex Twine, Naples (Fla.) safety Lukas Foreman and DeMatha cornerback Michael Williams.
"He was a hell of a lot more consistent this year than he was last year," [QO coach Dave] Mencarini said. "He just started making plays from the very first practice all the way through the last game of the year. I mean, the plays that he was making are plays Division I players make."
A three-star center from New Egypt, N.J., Hubert heard this week from the North Carolina coaching staff. Testudo Times offered its analysis on the Tar Heels' interest and how it affects Maryland.
North Carolina was a big player with Adjehi Baru and needed a top-flight big. Now they'll be as empty-handed as Maryland if they don't land Angelo Chol, and that's not gonna fly in a down-trodden (for the moment) Chapel Hill. Hubert happens to be one of about two or three legitimate top-150 bigs left on the board, so it's no surprise that Roy Williams would see it as a smart move to get involved.
Andrew Zeller has a shot Saturday night at ending his high school football career with a championship.
The Maryland-bound offensive lineman will lead Red Lion against Cumberland Valley for the Pennsylvania District 3 Class AAAA title. Zeller has been dominant on the offensive and defensive lines for the Lions throughout their playoff run.
He's recorded 68 tackles and 61/2 sacks, caused four fumbles, recovered two fumbles and broken up numerous passes.
Zeller and his defensive mates haven't allowed a point in the last seven quarters.
• ESPN.com's Jamie Newberg recently wrote an ACC recruiting overview, which included thoughts on Maryland's wish list for the 2011 recruiting class.
After being eliminated by five-star offensive tackle Cyrus Kouandjio (Hyattsville, Md./DeMatha), the Terps are still in the hunt for Under Armour All-American athlete Darius Jennings (Baltimore, Md./Gilman School). He would be a great get for this class. Secondary is still a need and Maryland is after Corey Tindal (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Boyd Anderson), Dondi Kirby (Monroeville, Pa./Gateway), Blake Countess (Baltimore, Md./Our Lady of Good Countess) and Steven Montgomery (Hollywood, Fla./McArthur).
"In our last game, (defensive tackle) Andrew Zeller had eight solo tackles, four assisted tackles, three tackles for a loss, one sack and one pass deflection," Red Lion coach Pat Conrad told the York (Pa.) Dispatch.
Ralph Friedgen will be back in College Park next season and Maryland is still in contention for the ACC championship. According to one recruiting analyst, that stability is helping the Terps on the recruiting trail.
I expect Maryland to close on a few top guys between now and National Signing Day, mainly Darius Jennings and possibly pull a surprise for Blake Countess, Darian Cooper, Travis Hughes or Brandon Clemons.
"I will take an unofficial visit to NC State probably after Thanksgiving," he said. "They recently offered me and I have family in that state. I will take my first official to Michigan on Dec. 3, Georgia Tech on Dec. 10 and Maryland on Dec. 17. I'd like to be able to make a decision after that but there are other schools like Purdue, Louisville and Arkansas that are also high on my list. If I'm not ready to decide, I will take some more officials in January and figure things out then."
The early signing period for the 2011 class brought significantly less drama for the Terps, with Seton Hall Prep (N.J.) point guard Sterling Gibbs officially on the board and City shooting guard Nick Faust scheduled to sign his letter of intent Monday during an 11 a.m. ceremony at his school library.
Scout.com's Evan Daniels ranked Maryland's two-man class the No. 7 group in the ACC. The Terps still have two prime post targets on their wish list: Adjehi Baru of the Steward School in Richmond, Va., and Desmond Hubert of New Egypt High in N.J.
Dick Weiss of the New York Daily News reported that Hubert was down to Maryland, Princeton and Wake Forest. Baru, meanwhile, is still focused on College of Charleston, Maryland, North Carolina and Virginia Tech. A timeline for his decision, however, remains unclear.
Faust said he made his decision “probably about a week ago” after sitting down with his family. Staying close to home was “kind of a deciding factor” for Faust. He told the Maryland coaches of his decision earlier in the week.
“They were just very happy for me,” Faust said. “But I don’t think they were too happy because they wanted it to actually [be said] nationally.”
Faust said the Terps’ staff is expecting a lot from him, but they’ve cautioned him that he has “to fill some shoes.” A good connection with the Maryland coaches was also an important factor for Faust. He called Gary Williams a “great guy” who was very straightforward throughout the recruitment.
Another high-major program may soon get involved in the Adjehi Baru sweepstakes.
The 6-foot-9 center from the Steward School in Richmond, Va., had narrowed his choices to College of Charleston, Maryland, North Carolina and Virginia Tech. But now it appears Kentucky is interested in the four-star prospect, according to a tweet from Scout.com's Evan Daniels.
"Kentucky is definitely heavily interested in Adjehi Baru, but despite rumors has not stepped up with an offer yet. They'll see him soon."
The Washington Post's Hokies Journal blog noted that Baru was in attendance last weekend for Virginia Tech's Late Night with the Hokies.
With the signing of Dorian Finney-Smith a few weeks ago, Virginia Tech already has the No. 12 recruiting class in the nation according to ESPN, and grabbing a commitment from Baru would likely launch the Hokies into the top 10. I will say this, though. Baru looked pretty bored Friday night except for when Greenberg was cracking jokes during one portion of the program. Hopefully for Virginia Tech, the visit went well otherwise.
Forward Antwan Space (DeSoto, Texas/ DeSoto) showed why he has turned heads on the recruiting trail this summer. He is a long, active athlete who excels in transition. Arkansas is in strong position for his services as he said he "loves the Hogs."
The 6-foot-5, 235-pound Malleck, who has made a non-binding commitment to the University of Maryland, will line up at both wide receiver and tight end on offense. He had 20 receptions for 364 yards and two TDs in the nine regular season games last season. A safety on defense, he had four interceptions, one of which he returned for a TD.
With the fall signing period for basketball three months away, the Maryland staff continues to identify new targets for the 2011 recruiting class.
InsideMDSports.com's Jeff Ermann reported this week on Jacob Lawson, a 6-foot-8, 230-pound power forward from Oak Ridge (N.C.) Military Academy. The three-star prospect is considering the Terps.
Lawson is focused on six schools, said his father, Louis Lawson: Maryland, Ole Miss, Purdue, Seton Hall, Tennessee and West Virginia. Others, such as Georgetown, Wake Forest and Virginia Tech, have offered, and Lawson's father said he hasn't shut the door on anything.
The city's best high school basketball players will take the court Saturday at The Dome in East Baltimore.
Bmorehoops.com's sixth anniversary celebration will feature seven games, starting with youth boys at 1 p.m and leading up to the showcase event for seniors at 8:30.
Two seniors with Maryland offers are scheduled to play in the main event -- City shooting guard Nick Faust and St. Frances center Greg Lewis. Other seniors slated to play include St. Frances point guard R.J. Williams, Huntington (W.Va.) point guard Kevin Smith, St. Frances shooting guard Sam Cassell Jr., John Carroll combo guard Ronald Scott and John Carroll forward Jarred Jones.
The game for juniors, set for 7:15 p.m., will feature Digital Harbor point guard Daquan Cook, Glenelg Country forward Isaiah Miles, City forward Charles Tapper, Dunbar forward Jamel Artis, City guard Lionel Greene and St. Frances center Josh Forney, among others.
The sophomore game, scheduled for 6 p.m., will include Patterson point guard Aquille Carr.
The Madison Square Dome is located at the corner of Biddle and Eden. There's no charge for admission. Visit bmorehoops.com for more details.
If there was one glaring omission from the All-Tournament team, J.O.B. was it. The stocky 6-foot-10 center owned the paint for USA West all three days while averaging 19.3 points and 12 rebounds a game.
Rivals.com's Jerry Meyer said this week that he'd put O'Bryant as a bench player on his all-star team for the class of 2011.
And at center, the problem here is that the best low-post players in the class aren't physical players. [Anthony] Davis would be my pick, with James McAdoo of Norfolk (Va.) Norfolk Christian School right behind him. But then I would want a physical grinder like Johnny O'Bryant of Cleveland (Miss.) East Side to come off the bench.
City shooting guard Nick Faust is spending his weekend on the West Coast.
The 6-foot-6 Maryland target will suit up for USA East in the Nike Global Challenge in Hillsboro, Ore. The eight-team tournament features three regional U.S. All-Star squads, plus teams from Asia, Brazil, Canada, France and Nigeria.
Faust wasn't a huge name coming out of his junior year at City College in Baltimore, but he has blown up on the summer circuit.
Kansas fan site The Shiver spoke with Faust -- who will visit Louisville on Sept. 4 -- about his feelings on the Jayhawks.
“I know a little bit,” said Faust about Kansas. ”Not really though. They just recently, like last week, got on board,” he added about Kansas getting involved in his recruitment.
He has a long, lean frame that oozes potential and a feathery touch from the outside. His stroke is effortless out to 22 feet, but it's not as consistent when he has to shoot it off the bounce because he has a tendency to drift. In addition to his shooting, he even posted up and dropped in a nice-looking jump hook. ... He has Gonzaga, Maryland, Texas A&M, and FIU tracking his talents.
Rivals.com's Jerry Meyer was also impressed with Space's game.
He is a crafty four man with a deadly stroke from behind the arc. Although he is not a great athlete, he has a feel for the game, plays with energy and is guaranteed to stretch the defense.
As usual, he burned up the nets from deep but it was what he did off the dribble, as a passer and as a defender. There's no fluff to his game and he's a kid who is about his business and nothing else when he hits the floor. Cal's Mike Montgomery and and Maryland's Gary Williams watched his move. Word is Kansas may be looking to make a move so it wasn't a surprise to see Bill Self tailing him closely. Washington's Raphael Chillious, among others, was on the trail as well.
FlagrantFouls.com's Alex Schwartz thought Brown was the catalyst in the Drew Gooden Soldiers' dominating performance against Wisconsin Playground Elite on the first day of the Peach Jam.
An elite 2011 prospect, Brown had over twice as many points as any other player on the court with 32 (12/21 FG, 1/3 3P, 7/8 FT) as well as 8 rebounds. Johnson is a special player due to the fact that he is an elite sharpshooter who also possesses phenomenal athletic ability. A strong, sturdy two with a quality handle, Brown was one of the top three performers I saw.
Maurice Harkless' reintroduction to the recruiting process has gotten off to a seemingly ideal start.
The 6-foot-6 small forward from Queens, N.Y., who withdrew his commitment to Connecticut last month, spent the past week at the Hoop Group's annual elite camp in Reading, Pa., earning Most Outstanding Player honors for his efforts.
This week he picked up additional offers from DePaul and South Florida, to go with Memphis, Rutgers, St. John’s, Maryland, Arizona and Xavier. “He’s the best player here and he’s one of the better ones I’ve seen in a [while], he’s got it,” former Syracuse star John Wallace told [Harkless' adviser Nate] Blue.
St. Frances center Greg Lewis has spent all summer traveling the country with Nike Baltimore Elite on the AAU circuit.
Last weekend, the rising senior and Maryland target showed off his game locally at the D.C. Metro Showcase, helping Nike Baltimore Elite to the 17-and-under championship. i95ballerz.com reported on the action.
[Nick] Faust recently received an offer from Maryland, as did Elite teammate, rising senior forward Greg Lewis. The Terps hosted both after they participated in the NBAPA Top 100, an event Lewis enjoyed as he had “more flexibility, they allowed me to play my natural position of power forward instead of center”. He is 6’8”, weighs around 220 pounds and believes Maryland’s flex offense a good fit.
Harkless said he hasn’t heard from any schools yet, but [adviser Nate] Blue said his phone was ringing off the hook Monday. Blue said he received 16 scholarship offers from schools in high-major conferences, including St. John’s, Maryland and Memphis.
One wouldn't call the skinny 6-foot-5 wing's jumper conventional, but Faust gets it off quickly and has legitimate NBA range already. He can score in transition and isn't one to back down. Would like to see him attack a little more off the dribble.
Pelle hasn't even begun to narrow a list of more than 20 suitors that includes UCLA, Washington, Kansas, Syracuse, Maryland and Miami. But he said he likes the excitement that's surrounding St. John's.
Local basketball fans who missed April's Super 60 Showcase at St. Paul's have another chance Saturday to see the best players Baltimore and Washington have to offer.
The third annual I-95 Elite Challenge is scheduled for Saturday at Baltimore City Community College, with tip-off for the first game set for 2 p.m.
St. Frances center Greg Lewis, former Lake Clifton small forward Durand Johnson and ex-Baltimore Freedom Academy point guard Kevin Smith are just a few of the top prospects playing for the Baltimore team in the Class of 2011 game.
The Class of 2012 game features a loaded Baltimore squad, including Glenelg Country forward Isaiah Miles, Digital Harbor point guard Daquan Cook, Dunbar forward Jamel Artis and several more. Montrose Christian forward Justin Anderson, a prime Terps target, is scheduled to play with the Washington team.
Headlining the Class of 2013 game will be Patterson's Aquille Carr, the 5-foot-6 point guard and first-team All-Metro selection. Carr is fresh off a standout performance with Team Melo at the Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions in North Carolina. North Star Basketball ranked Carr the top player at the event. Others to watch on Baltimore's team are Glenelg Country forward Warren Powers Jr. and IBE forward Anton Waters. For the Washington squad, Princeton Day Academy point guard Chris Thomas and Bishop O'Connell point guard Will Ferguson -- a standout at the Super 60 Showcase -- lead the way.
InsideMDSports.com launched an occasional series this week looking back at the past 15 recruiting classes for the Maryland men's basketball team.
For the first installment, Jeff Ermann highlighted the Terps' three-man group from 1995: center Obinna Ekezie, small forward Laron Profit and point guard Terrell Stokes.
A highly-sought recruit who gained notoriety while starring alongside eventual North Carolina and NBA star Rasheed Wallace at powerhouse Gratz, Terrell Stokes was considered the gem of the class. Rated among the top point guards in the country, he chose Maryland over Temple moments before his announcement press conference was to begin.
• Norcom small forward Dorian Finney-Smith, a Terps target, was named the Associated Press Group AAA Boys Basketball Player of the Year in Virginia.
Finney-Smith averaged 19.7 points, 13 rebounds, six assists, three steals and two blocks.
He also was the Virginia High School Coaches Association State Player of the Year and the All-Tidewater Player of the Year.
One Baltimore junior made the cut for both lists. City shooting guard Nick Faust is a four-star prospect and the No. 91 player nationally on Scout, while Rivals rates him a three-star prospect and the No. 125 player in the country. Lake Clifton small forward Durand Johnson also cracked the Rivals150, checking in at No. 116.
The 6-foot-10, 210-pound center from Harcum College in Bryn Mawr, Pa., was a late discovery by the Terps' staff. InsideMDSports.com caught up with Weijs soon after his pledge. The Netherlands native explained how a random trip to play pickup ball in College Park three weeks ago led to his Maryland commitment.
At that point Weijs wasn’t expecting anything to come out of playing—just some experience. But he asserted himself against Maryland’s players, and they began talking. They told the Terps’ coaching staff, which is not allowed to be present for pickup games, that Weijs could play.
About a week later, Weijs returned to participate again. Same result. Freshman center Jordan Williams, Weijs said, was particularly impressed. The staff invited Weijs to take an official visit this week.
Atlantic Christian (N.J.) forward Luke Piotrowski reportedly has offers from Maryland, Arizona, Arizona State and Oregon State, but the 6-foot-11 junior might not necessarily go the high-major route.
Piotrowski's older brother Mat recently committed to Boston University. Tom Piotrowski, the boys' father, told the Press of Atlantic City that Luke will also consider mid-major programs.
"Luke's got quite the following," Tom Piotrowski said. "The question for Luke is what is the most important criteria for his college selection. He has the potential to play at the highest level. But he might be a kid who says I can do what I want to do and get where I want to go at a mid-major. I get the feeling that may be the direction he goes."
"Sterling came into my office and started talking about Maryland, asking what I thought about it," [Seton Hall Prep coach Bob] Farrell said. "My exact words were, 'Go home, talk it over with your parents and if you want to go public with it, let me know."’
Click here and here for more on Gibbs' commitment.
One year ago, local basketball fans were treated to the inaugural I-95 Elite Challenge, a Baltimore vs. Washington all-star event featuring Mychal Parker (Maryland), Will Barton (Memphis), Eric Atkins (Notre Dame), C.J. Fair (Syracuse) and a host of other high-major prospects.
On Saturday, the Maryland Super 60 Showcase will attempt to do the same. The Baltimore vs. Maryland all-star event -- presented by InsideMDSports.com, DTLR and World Fed Apparel -- features three games Saturday afternoon at St. Paul's.
The event tips off at 1 p.m. with the class of 2013 game. For the Baltimore team, two players to watch are Patterson point guard Aquille Carr and Glenelg Country forward Warren Powers Jr. Carr, a 5-foot-7 freshman and Baltimore Sun first-team All-Metro selection, is already being recruiting by Maryland. Powers, 6 feet 4, is the son of the former Terps football player of the same name. On the Maryland team, Princeton Day Academy point guard Chris Thomas is the headliner. The 6-foot-5 freshman from Denver could be another future Terps target.
The class of 2012 game is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. On the Baltimore squad, Mount Carmel forward John Crowder (6-8) and Digital Harbor guard DaQuan Cook (6-2) are ones to watch for Maryland fans. Cook, according to event organizer Dwayne Wise, is hearing from Maryland, Indiana, Kansas State, Tennessee and Xavier, among others. The Maryland team, meanwhile, features at least two Terps targets in Montrose Christian swingman Justin Anderson (6-6) and Glenelg Country small forward Isaiah Miles (6-7). Gilman forward Ryan Ripken -- son of Cal -- will also suit up for the Maryland squad.
The 2011 game is scheduled to tip off at 4 p.m. A trio of St. Frances juniors (point guard R.J. Williams, shooting guard Sam Cassell Jr., center Greg Lewis), Friends forward Jon Schmidt (6-7) and City forward Rashaun Rasheed (6-5) will headline the Baltimore squad.
There is some work left to be done. Georgia Tech is not Rod Days’ only opportunity. As the 12th-ranked small forward in the country (per Scout.com), he has a lot of them. From more than a dozen offers he has narrowed his choices down to five favorites: Georgia Tech, Richmond, Maryland, Michigan and Wake Forest.
The first day of the ESPN Rise National High School Invitational at Coppin State's Physical Education Complex saw one future Terp's high school career come to an end, and another survive to play at least one more game.
Oak Hill (Va.) Academy dropped a 59-53 decision to Mountain State Academy (W.Va.). Maryland-bound combo guard Pe'Shon Howard reached double figures in the loss for the Warriors.
Pe’Shon Howard, committed to Maryland, added 11 for Oak Hill.
“I told Pe’Shon he had to be more aggressive in the second half because I was getting tired,” [Doron] Lamb said.
Cook matched his career high with 30 points and the Stags' other top players also shined as they beat No. 3 Gonzaga by a surprisingly comfortable margin, 71-52, before 4,000 at American University on Monday night.
Parker, who is headed to Maryland next season, cashed in on two three-point plays and scored 12 of Miller’s 19 points in the third quarter to give the Mavericks some breathing room against a pesky FUMA squad.
“My coach kind of got on me at halftime and told me I needed to step it up. That kind of got in my head and I didn’t want to let my team down so I had to step it up and play my game,” Parker said.
With 10 points tonight in the second round of the 4A-II boys hoops tourney against height-blessed Chandler Seton Catholic, Santa Rita point guard Terrell Stoglin can bypass Portland Trailblazers guard Jerryd Bayless - a Phoenix St. Mary's grad - for third place on the state's all-time scoring list.
The 6-foot-2, 200-pound combo guard committed to Maryland last month, has improved his scoring ability throughout the season and become something of "a hoops socialite" on the circuit. Earlier this week InsideMDSports.com profiled the future Terp.
To top off all of the above, Howard has proven to be something of an advanced scout for the Warriors. A gym rat with an outgoing personality, he’s gotten to many of the top high school players in the country, both personally and in terms of learning their abilities and tendencies on the court. His phone is filled with numbers of other players, and when Oak Hill is facing a tough opponent, [Warriors coach Steve] Smith knows where to go for a scouting report.
I’ve basically got the same list of schools: UCLA, Oregon, Connecticut, Florida, Kentucky and N.C. State. That’s pretty much it. I’m looking to set some visits up soon. I’m not sure when, but my next visit will be to Florida. I’m still looking to cut my list down, I just have to find time to do that.
"I’m not going to talk about it other than to say that Terrence has withdrawn from Montrose," [Mustangs coach Stu] Vetter said. "It was a parental decision, and we wish him well."
Now it appears that Ross, a Portland, Ore., native, is headed back west. Yanda reported Thursday that Ross' destination will likely be Westwind Academy in Phoenix.
Assuming Ross does, in fact, end up at Westwind Academy, he will be coached by Gary Trousdale on a team that currently is 24-2. Among Trousdale's former coaching stops, he once was an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at the University of Portland. A call to Trousdale's listed work number at Westwind Academy on Thursday was not immediately returned.
Vetter told Recruiting Report in December that the Terps were "still very much in the picture" to land Ross. His transfer from Montrose Christian, however, has likely closed the door on that possibility.
The third quarter indeed proved to be a long one for the Eagles. Parker took over for Miller in the period, knocking down two deep 3-pointers and gliding to the rim for a one-handed slam while pouring in eight of his team-high 18 points in the frame.
[Montverde coach Kevin] Sutton said Maryland coach Gary Williams stopped by practice Wednesday afternoon, and there have been other offers from Central Florida, South Florida, Vanderbilt and Harvard. Palsson, an honors student, is considering top-flight academic schools but says his long-term goal is to play professionally.
Two Maryland commitments have cracked the ESPNU 100 for the class of 2010.
The list, which was updated Thursday, includes Miller School (Va.) small forward Mychal Parker at No. 44 and Tucson (Ariz.) Santa Rita point guard Terrell Stoglin at No. 98. Former Maryland pledge Terrence Ross checked in at No. 26 on ESPN's list.
“They don’t feel that the bone is healing properly so it might be much more of a long-term thing and we feel bad for him,” St. Anthony coach Bob Hurley said of Pankey. “At this point right now it doesn’t look good for his return during the season.”
HSH: When did you first start to think about backing out on Maryland? TR: A few months ago. I just started to second-guess my decision. I didn’t think that I made the best decision. I wasn’t 100 percent at the time. It was more like 80 percent. So I waited and thought about it and talked to my mom and told her I wanted to weigh out my options.
Eric McKnight's decision to spend his senior season at Princeton Day Academy in Lanham has proven to be a good one.
PDA coach Van Whitfield reports that coaches from Maryland, Wake Forest, George Washington and Virginia Commonwealth, among others, were on hand Thursday to see McKnight help the Storm to a 79-68 win over Montpetit Prep of Quebec.
6'4" senior guard Ryan Woodard led all scorers going a perfect 7 for 7 from the field, while 6'9" senior forward - and current PDA Student of the Month - Eric McKnight notched a double-double with 10 points and 12 blocked shots.
"I have nothing to prove to anybody, so it wasn't different for me at all," said Stoglin, the Star's three-time Player of the Year. "But I was kind of surprised how good they were. We played poorly at times and that needs to change for the next one."
Maryland still has a chance to land Montrose Christian shooting guard Terrence Ross, but the Terps now face stiff competition for the four-star shooting guard's services.
Montrose Christian coach Stu Vetter told Recruiting Report on Thursday that Ross withdrew his commitment to UM “within the week.” He is now looking at Duke, Kansas, Kentucky and Maryland.
“Maryland has done an outstanding job of recruiting him and Terrence is very familiar with Maryland and he likes Maryland a lot,” Vetter said. “They are still very much in the picture.”
Scout.com recruiting analyst Dave Telep told Recruiting Report on Thursday that Ross’ stock has risen dramatically. It would be a “tough pillow to swallow” for Maryland to lose him.
“When you get to this point in the year, the guys of his caliber are just not out there in quantity,” Telep said. “It would be very difficult to replace him at this stage. ... It’s still a nice class, but definitely there is no way to replace Ross at this stage in the game. So it’s not a Top 25 class. It’s a Top 25 class with him. When you remove him from the equation, obviously it takes a hit.”
Click here for Testudo Times’ analysis of the situation and here for The Washington Post’s story on Ross’ recruitment.
When Edmondson defensive end David Mackall committed to Maryland in July 2008, he was an under-the-radar prospect who had just two other scholarship offers (East Carolina, Eastern Michigan).
Much has changed since then. The 6-foot-3, 240-pound Baltimore native spent this past season at Fork Union (Va.) Military Academy is now ranked as Rivals.com's No. 5 prep school recruit in the country.
Defensive end David Mackall checks in at No. 5 and has been looking around at Michigan, Rutgers and other schools, but he continues to be committed to Maryland. The 6-3, 240-pounder was all over the field for Fork Union.
• Jake Wheeler, a 6-foot-7, 240-pound offensive tackle from Plantation, Fla., has committed to Maryland, according to ESPN.com. Testudo Times breaks down the commitment here. Check back with Recruiting Report next week for more on Wheeler.
His father, Bryan, said Maryland did nothing wrong and that the family was impressed with Maryland’s coaching staff and recruitment. “It was not what Maryland does not have. Kentucky was just a better fit and choice,” Brian [sic] Laughlin said.
A late offer from the hometown school wasn't enough to make Devin Burns change his mind.
The Maryland quarterback pledge from Carver High in Columbus, Ga., was offered a scholarship by Georgia on Tuesday. But according to Carver coach Dell McGee, Burns remains firm in his commitment to the Terps.
The quarterback and his family spoke on the phone with Bulldogs coach Mark Richt on Monday night, and Burns met with Georgia coaches Mike Bobo, Jon Fabris, John Lilly and Stacy Searels on Tuesday but declined their offer, according to McGee.
“Devin just told them he was still committed to Maryland,” McGee said. “His heart is in Maryland. He said he appreciated the offer, but that he was going to stick with his commitment to Maryland.”
Burns plans to enroll at UM in January, according to the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer.
"The campus was nice. They have a solid foundation they are building on. I loved the stadium and they have a lot of fan support. I also wanted to play in the SEC. I think it's the best conference in college football. It was also closer. Distance played a huge factor."
• Maryland quarterback recruit Devin Burns will lead his Carver High team against Flowery Branch tonight in the Georgia Class 3A quarterfinals. Carver coach Dell McGee discussed Burns' play in an interview with AccessNorthGa.com.
We’re led by our quarterback, Devin Burns. He’s committed to Maryland. He’s a dual-threat quarterback. He’s been passing the ball well; he’s passed for about 1,700 yards this year, and he has about 5-600 yards rushing right now.
After this weekend, the Maryland men's basketball program could have another addition to its 2010 recruiting class.
St. Anthony (N.J.) forward Ashton Pankey, who took an official visit to College Park last weekend, was scheduled to visit Houston this weekend. After that trip, the three-star prospect will make his decision.
“He really liked Maryland and I know he wants to be able to compare Maryland to another school,” [St. Anthony coach Bob] Hurley said.
Several sources feel Pankey, a Bronx, N.Y., resident, is a lock for the Terrapins, but it's the policy of coach Bob Hurley that players visit at least two schools, developing a point of reference and allowing comparison of programs.
Offensive lineman Max Garcia of Norcross, Ga., is scheduled for his official visit to Clemson on Nov. 6. A week or two later, he plans to have a decision between the Tigers, Maryland and Vanderbilt. Maryland is his favorite going into the final visit.
Then the weekend of November 7 they will travel to West Virginia. The following weekend they will visit Maryland with a final visit to Georgia Tech scheduled for November 16 and 17 following the Maryland visit.
“He loves Maryland,” replied Hart. ”He’s pretty high on Maryland. I think he still has his scheduled visit (next weekend) to Maryland. Maryland has recruited him longer than anybody, probably. Nothing else is scheduled right now, but Auburn, Alabama, Miami, and UCLA are all showing interest. ”
“I’m excited, it should be good,” said Dix Hills (N.Y.) Half Hollow Hills West forward Tobias Harris, who leaves Friday for Kentucky’s “Big Blue Madness.”
“I heard it’s a really great atmosphere at the Midnight Madness so it should be fun.”
Harris, who still plans on visiting Maryland this fall, has been spending a decent amount of time with several Syracuse commitments, according to The Daily Orange.
The sales pitches are getting easier by the game. Waiters, Harris and fellow Orange commit C.J. Fair are all part of the Unique All-Stars, a top-flight team in the elite Nike iS8 fall classic. The team is attempting to recruit another SU commit, center Fab Melo, for the playoffs, which begin Oct. 23 in New York.
The Unique All-Stars allow the current Orange commits to play with Harris, a coveted recruit who has narrowed his college selection to seven schools - including Syracuse. Coached by Harris' father, the team gives Harris a unique preview into a future with the Orange, something that he won't get with any of the other six Division I programs knocking at his door.
This fall, Leslie had in-home visits with the coaches from Kentucky, Florida, Maryland, Oregon, Georgia Tech, Georgetown, N.C. State and Florida International, which is now coached by Isiah Thomas, one of Leslie's favorites when he was growing up.
But, he said, the University of North Carolina is no longer recruiting him.
Six ACC basketball programs have top 20 recruiting classes thus far for 2010.
So where does Maryland stack up against its in-conference rivals? According to Rivals.com’s recently updated class rankings, the Terps are 10th nationally and fifth in the ACC, behind North Carolina (4), Wake Forest (5), N.C. State (7) and Virginia (8), and ahead of Florida State (19).
Maryland is experiencing a recruiting resurgence with its 2010 class. Gary Williams locked up a couple regional four-star prospects in Ross and Parker. Ross is an athletic wing who can shoot with range. Parker is a skilled and versatile combo forward. Williams looked westward to land Stoglin, a Rivals150 scoring guard out of Arizona.
Any day now, five-star prospect Tobias Harris is expected to narrow his 11-team list to five.
Maryland remains one of the 11 in contention for the Dix Hills, N.Y., power forward’s services. Adam Zagoria this week gave his take on Harris’ recruitment.
In the coming days, Tobias will cut his list down and then take his official visits. Look for UConn, Kentucky and Syracuse to be three of the schools in the mix down the stretch.
The Terps are also waiting to see where they stand with Holly Springs, N.C., power forward C.J. Leslie, another five-star prospect. Rivals.com’s Jerry Meyer thinks Kentucky -- which picked up a commitment from four-star forward Stacey Poole this week -- and North Carolina are Leslie’s favorites.
There were questions about whether North Carolina has officially offered him, and those questions haven't necessarily been answered. Leslie and UNC coach Roy Williams, however, have been communicating. Leslie claims that Williams gave him the "we would love to have him when you are ready to commit" line. And North Carolina canceled an in-home visit with five-star power forward Terrence Jones, producing speculation that the Tar Heels are focusing on Leslie.
Ian Evans committed to Maryland last spring with little fanfare.
But for the Hammonton, N.J., defensive end -- whose stock has risen since making the commitment -- picking a college was a monumental event. The Press of Atlantic City profiled Evans earlier this week.
"I never thought I'd go to college," he said.
His mother Doreen Lynch is determined not to let him squander the opportunity.
"I'm a single parent," she said. "I would never be able to do this for him. Maryland is really great school. It's a great opportunity. I feel like I hit the lottery."
The end utilizes both his strong upper body and his advanced technique to shed blockers and get to the football in a hurry when it is coming his way. He is quick and aggressive to the ball when it is moving on the opposite side of the field, which is often. Evans helped Hammonton to a 9-3 record and a trip to the South Jersey, Group 3 final last year, where it fell to Shawnee of Medford. Committed to Maryland.
Maryland is experiencing a recruiting resurgence with its 2010 class. Gary Williams locked up a couple of regional four-star prospects in Ross and Parker. Ross is an athletic wing who can shoot with range. Parker is a skilled and versatile combo forward. Williams looked west to land Stoglin, a Rivals150 scoring guard out of Arizona.
In his weekly mailbag, Rivals.com’s Jerry Meyer discusses what Maryland needs to do to remain in the top 10.
Maryland will likely need to land a quality big man to hold onto a top-10 national ranking. If Maryland were to land four-star Damontre Harris, who will officially visit next month, they will hold their ground in the top 10. Land a ringer like elite power forward Tobias Harris, and the Terps would rise as high as No. 2 nationally and No. 1 in the ACC.
Earlier this year, Mychal Parker became friends with eventual Maryland commitment Terrence Ross of Montrose Christian (Md.), another top-50 prospect and like Parker, an extremely athletic wing player. Parker considers himself a shooting guard but said he's unsure -- and unconcerned -- about who will be considered the shooting guard and who will be the small forward.
"I don't know, I just know that me and T-Ross are going to be tearing it up," he said, in a rare moment of bravado from a normally understated, quiet high school senior. "Him committing to Maryland really put an edge on me committing."
“It feels great to sign with them; it’s a blessing,” Parker said. “They have such a great tradition, and Gary Williams is just a great coach. He lets you play your game and relax, but he also takes no stuff from you either.”
“I committed to North Carolina tonight,” Fitzpatrick confirmed late Thursday evening in an interview with Rivals.com. “I’ve kind of had it in my mind that UNC is the right place for me for about two weeks or so. I talked with my coach and my family about it and I prayed about it a lot. It was a tough decision so I factored all that in.
There are similarities between Mitchell and Perry Jones. Both are elite athletes with size and talented but raw skill games. They both have helped their stocks tremendously in Vegas. Jones has gone from borderline elite prospect to potential No. 1 prospect. Mitchell has established himself as a five-star prospect and bona fide NBA prospect.
At 6-foot-7 and with a live body, Mitchell is a legitimate small forward with an explosive first step. He is a developing three-point shooter who also has a post up game. And on the glass, he can rebound with the best of them.
Terrell Stoglin was somewhat of an unknown commodity when he committed to Maryland last spring.
Those days of national anonymity are officially over thanks to the Tucson (Ariz.) Santa Rita point guard’s play at the adidas Super 64 AAU tournament in Las Vegas this week. During the first day of play, Stoglin earned rave reviews from MaxPreps.com.
Maryland is getting a good one in Stoglin. The Santa Rita High School (Tucson, Ariz.) guard kept Pump-N-Run in the game against Canada Grassroots Elite when it looked like things could get ugly. Stoglin drilled four big 3-pointers, teamed up for the play of the day on an alley-oop to teammate Erik Swoope and never let the defensive pressure of the Canadians take him out of his game.
Very few class of 2010 recruits have had a better July on the AAU circuit than Tobias Harris.
The Long Island, N.Y., power forward and Maryland target was a clear standout at the Peach Jam in North Augusta, S.C., this week.
Speaking of forwards who are difficult to guard, no four man in the class scores like Harris. Composed and efficient with the ball in his hands, Harris puts up points that will easily translate to the next level. His stock is rapidly rising.
“He’s the best offensive forward in the country,” the coach said. “He can face up, he can post up, he can drive. He can do everything. If they took a picture of his body from last year and compared it to this year, he can make millions of dollars doing body sculpting or weight loss ads. He looks thin, quick and bouncy.
Harris would like to pattern his game after Carmelo Anthony, another big player who made a name for himself in New York state and can play every position on the court.
"I just like the way how he's 6-8 and he can shoot and do everything," Harris says.
Maryland remains on Harris’ lengthy list of schools, which he plans to trim to five next month. Harris’ father, Torrel, mentioned one piece of criteria to Zagoria that will be used in narrowing the list.
The family values loyalty and thus the coaches who have attended most of Tobias’ summer games will have the edge.
“If the head coach ain’t recruiting Tobias, they don’t have a chance,” Torrel said.
Four-star forward Mychal Parker said Maryland is at the top of his list with Virginia, Miami and Kentucky following in that order. All but Kentucky has offered. Arkansas and USC have offered and Alabama and Georgia Tech are showing interest.
Pilgrim, 6 feet 8, spent his first two years of college at Hampton before transferring to Kentucky last year. After sitting out the 2008-09 season due to NCAA transfer rules, Pilgrim would have been eligible to suit up for the Wildcats this coming season.
According to a source close to the situation, Calipari and Josh Pastner are working together to bring Pilgrim to Memphis. Calipari, the source said, will support Pilgrim's case to the NCAA.
Though Pilgrim said he probably wouldn't make a commitment until he sits down with his family, he acknowledged the urgency of picking a new school so that he can start the appeal process. Pilgrim has also visited Oklahoma State.
“I just recently got on the map about a month ago” confided Coleman. “I sat out my whole tenth grade year and half my 11th grade year”. That respite from hoops was due to friction with the coach at his previous high school, Louisa. This year, after moving, he transferred to Henrico.
• CharlottesvilleNewsPlex.tv conducted a video interview with Maryland small forward target Mychal Parker during last weekend’s NBPA camp.
When asked about his interest in the University of Virginia, Parker confirmed that they are on his list of schools that include Maryland, Miami, Virginia Tech, Virginia, and Clemson and that everything, "Is still up in the air." Parker will visit other schools as the summer goes along.
• Christchurch, Va., shooting guard Michael Gbinije -- a rising junior who was named Most Promising Player at the NBPA camp -- took a recent trip to College Park.
Frank Gbinije, Mike’s dad, shared his son is being recruited by “Georgetown, Texas, UVA, Virginia Tech, and Florida”, most if not all of which called him June 15th, the first day college coaches can call the homes of perspective Class of 2011 recruits, per NCAA guidelines. Mike also unofficially visited Maryland several weeks ago. Other colleges will be evaluated.
Unlike [Wake Forest-bound Travis] McKie, Coleman is still waiting for a scholarship offer. Coleman, who said he's not sure which high school he'll attend in 2009-10, sees the camp as an opportunity to raise his stock.
After the first day of play in Charlottesville, Va., the Maryland target and three-star prospect from Richmond did just that. Rivals.com’s Jerry Meyer gave Coleman rave reviews for his play at the camp.
Whether he was dunking, finishing difficult layups or nailing jumpers from well behind the arc, Coleman was constantly on the attack offensively. He is a high-level athlete with a impressive motor who has a skill game that will continue to develop. Mark him down as a four-star when the rankings are reshuffled before the July evaluation period.
When Lance Stephenson was scheduled to announce his college choice in March, Kansas, St. John’s and Maryland were the three schools on his list.
Nearly three months later, only the Terps remain from that trio. Meanwhile, other schools that got in the mix after Stephenson’s non-announcement at the McDonald’s All-American game have also fallen by the wayside.
This week CBSSports.com’s Gary Parrish quoted a Florida source who said there’s a “zero [percent] chance” the Gators take the Brooklyn (N.Y.) Lincoln shooting guard.
And when you consider that Arizona's Sean Miller also seems skeptical, that leaves Maryland and Memphis as the lone schools still believed to be genuinely open to taking Stephenson, although sources close to the Memphis progam have long insisted Josh Pastner and his staff do not have a good feeling for where they stand, don't really know what's happening with Stephenson or what he's thinking.
One is Memphis, which has continued to court Stephenson while dealing with the NCAA investigation into who at the university knew about Rose’s allegedly fraudulent SAT score. The other is Maryland, where for years coach Gary Williams touted his ethical standards in recruiting. But now he’s also trying to right a program that has struggled since winning the 2002 national title and could use a young star.
“Maryland is going through their process where they want to pick a player and they’re not putting any rush on us,” Lance Sr. said. “They want Lance to be sure if he does want to go to Maryland, that he really wants to be there. Maryland has been really patient in working with the family.”
As for Antonio, he's no slouch. Rated three-stars by Rivals, he's got offers on the table from five schools, none of whom are SU, though the Orange have shown some interest. There is some overlap on both of their lists and many have wondered if the brothers are indeed a package deal, i.e. if you want Will you gotta take Antonio too.
The list of high-major programs involved with Portland, Ore. forward Terrence Jones is lengthy and impressive.
Thanks in part to Maryland’s commitment from Montrose Christian shooting guard Terrence Ross, Jones’ former teammate, the Terps have a spot on the list.
Rivals.com’s Jerry Meyer broke down Jones’ game and touched on his recruitment in his weekly mailbag.
As to where Jones will end up is a tossup among a bunch of schools. He has said that he is not anchored to the West Coast; he has family scattered across the country and his former teammate and friend Terrence Ross is a Maryland commitment attending Montrose Christian on the East Coast. Schools such as Arizona, Florida, Georgetown, Indiana, Maryland, Oklahoma and a number of Pac-10 schools have offered, and a couple of traditional powers in North Carolina and Kansas are keeping up with Jones.
It’s amazing how in the matter of three weeks Coleman has gone from a virtual unknown to one of the hottest names on the East Coast. He raised more eyebrows on Saturday when he dropped 25 points in the first half against Nike Team Florida. He had it all working. He hit five three-pointers, threw down a dunk and nailed a hanging jump shot from the free-throw line.
It will be interesting to see if this case gets settled out of court or dismissed before then, but if it goes the distance, that puts Sean Miller in a tough spot: Does he try to land Stephenson before the case is over, only to possibly have him later found guilty? Or does he keep waiting, since UA could add him in mid-summer without any real harm done except him missing the start of summer classes, which most freshman take.
The Sporting News’ Mike DeCourcy thinks the chances of Stephenson landing in Tucson are low.
It's unlikely Arizona will add guard Lance Stephenson, the New York prep star who lists the Wildcats among his finalists. Stephenson is a talent, but [Sean] Miller will concentrate on landing players who have a serious future with the program.
Off the court, Stephenson and teammate Darwin “Buddha” Ellis will have to wait until June 29 to face sexual assault charges stemming from an incident last fall.
Stephenson and Ellis were charged with allegedly groping a 17-year-old female student outside Lincoln High on Oct. 3.
"Right now, I think it's more Terrence Ross recruiting him than Maryland recruiting him, but that's just me speaking for him, so you'd have to talk to him," said Jefferson coach Pat Strickland.
... "He can play all five positions and he can guard all five positions, from point guard to center," Strickland said. "As a sophomore, he played point guard for us 75 percent of the time. He has a great feel for the game. His passing really stands out. And he's a very good shot-blocker and rebounder."
Speaking of jumps: Will Barton. Maybe everyone should have seen this coming? Either way, his state championship at Lake Clifton was legit and so was his exhilarating performance at the Boo Williams earlier this month.
Barton, Smith, Ross, Parker and a host of other Maryland targets will take part in Saturday’s I-95 Elite Challenge at St. Frances Academy in East Baltimore. The four all-star games pit Baltimore’s best against D.C.-area players. The class of 2013 game tips off at 3 p.m. The 2010 contest starts at 7 p.m. Click here for rosters and additional info on the event.
On Thursday, Oklahoma City shooting guard Xavier Henry, a former Memphis signee, committed to Kansas. The Jayhawks were long thought to be Stephenson’s favorite, but Henry’s commitment leaves KU without another open roster spot.
Don't expect Lance Stephenson or John Wall to be talking about Kansas anymore.
Bill Self isn't. He said Thursday that he is done recruiting the 2009 class.
"For this year, it looks that way," Self said. "We can really focus in on the young underclassmen."
I have reported all along that Maryland was out and that it would come down to either Kansas or St. John’s. I also hear that the Maryland coaches are not that optimistic about landing Stephenson. That said, head coach Gary Williams made a trip to Coney Island last Friday to meet with the Stephensons.
Word is that Stephenson does not want to stay local at St. John’s and thinks that Gary Williams‘ system at Maryland is too structured. Both of these things make sense, but both St. John’s and Maryland have put the fullcourt press on recently.
[Cameron] Wright's spot in the 2010 recruiting class could be filled by 6-7 J.D. Weatherspoon of Northland, who rescinded his commitment to Xavier two weeks ago and is again being recruited by Ohio State. Coach Thad Matta was at Northland yesterday to talk to Weatherspoon's counselors and get a copy of his academic transcript, Northland coach Satch Sullinger said -- typically a precursor to a scholarship offer.
“He likes Maryland. He went up there and visited Ralph Friedgen and all the guys,” he said. “He’s been to Pittsburgh too and liked Coach Wannstedt. He has also been in touch with Coach Schiano, but right now he likes everybody and is real excited about the process. He likes everybody.”
Notre Dame is also one of Coxson’s newest offers and he said the Irish are intriguing because of the great history that program has enjoyed. Virginia Tech and Syracuse are also now involved along with Florida, Pittsburgh, West Virginia, Boston College, Maryland and Georgia.
The forgotten suitor, Maryland would love to land Stephenson. It would be a major coup for Gary Williams, who has come under fire recently for his recruiting. Given Stephenson’s enigmatic nature, the fact that teammate James Padgett will be a Terrapin, and the school’s close connection to Under Armour, Maryland is not totally out of the picture.
“It’s a done deal,” claims one source who is close to the St. John’s coaching staff.
• FiveBoroSports.com named Stephenson its Brooklyn Player of the Year this week, while Lincoln teammate and Maryland-bound power forward James Padgett earned a spot on the first team.
Quiet and unassuming, he was easy to be overlooked, particularly since the senior struggled the first half of the year with an ankle injury. There was no coincidence that Lincoln started to turn it on just as Padgett got healthy. He followed up a solid regular season with an unforgettable postseason, averaging 16 points and 13 rebounds.
The multitalented 6-8 junior forward, who led Long Island Lutheran to the Federation basketball championship, has transferred back to his old high school, Half Hollow Hills West, and will begin classes there next week.
• Lake Clifton shooting guard and Terps target Will Barton made Rivals.com’s list of the top nine performers at last weekend’s Boo Williams AAU tournament in Virginia.
Barton is a scoring machine in the mold of something between Rip Hamilton and Michigan's Manny Harris. Despite his thin frame, Barton's length and strength with the ball allow him to make plays against contact. His funky dribble game is sure to create space for his accurate jumper, and his instinct for coming up with loose balls gets him bonus buckets.
“I am going to UVa next year,” wrote the versatile 6-foot-7 Spurlock, who had been recruited for some three years by former Virginia coach Dave Leitao. Spurlock’s decision comes as a sigh of relief to Cavalier fans – not to mention new coach Tony Bennett.
“They’re getting closer to making a decision,” a third source said of the Stephenson family. “They [the coaches] are all making their last minute pitches and I think this is St John’s last chance to beat the other couple [schools, including Maryland]. This is their best opportunity right now. This is their last chance right now.”
Kansas coach Bill Self will make the trip to Stephenson’s Coney Island home tonight, according to the New York Daily News. Maryland is probably running third to the Jayhawks and Red Storm, according to the Daily News.
Sources still are saying that Stephenson's first choice is Kansas, but the Coney Island product may wind up signing with St. John's by default. That's because Stephenson is still waiting on Xavier Henry - a 6-6 guard from Oklahoma City who is ESPN's No.1-ranked player in the country - to make his official commitment.
A decision from Stephenson could come early next week, according to the Daily News.
He told NBC29's Lindsay Murphy that right now his chances of coming to UVA is 60 percent. Spurlock said, "Right now, I'm going to take my visit to Virginia. This weekend will determine a lot of things. I'm going to visit the campus, visit the school again, hang out with the players, then Monday, I will make my decision to the public, and let everyone know what I'm doing."
Another thing the Terps have going for them is that his dad, Tyrone Furman, played nose guard there. “Obviously, he likes Maryland and would like me to go there but he isn’t pushing them or anything,” he said.
“I’m getting interest from Maryland, Michigan State, Pittsburgh and Virginia Tech sent me something,” he said. “There are a few colleges I’d like to attend. At first I was looking at Penn State, I liked the atmosphere, it felt like home. Maryland is definitely interest. I’ve always wanted to go to Virginia Tech and I like Miami, but I’m definitely keeping my options open and am wide open right now.”
The first commitment of Maryland’s 2010 basketball recruiting class is on the board.
Tucson (Ariz.) Santa Rita point guard Terrell Stoglin pledged to the Terps late Wednesday night.
The 6-foot-1, 160-pounder, who averaged 27 points and seven assists as a junior, told Recruiting Report that he chose UM for a variety of reasons.
“I was weighing my options, and as a matter of fact, I was going to wait until the summer [to commit],” Stoglin said. “A couple of days ago my family sat down at the dinner table and discussed it. I like the D.C. area, and I like the climate. I like the way Coach Williams coaches and I like the program overall. Maryland has a great guard history and I just thought I’d pull the trigger.”
Two of his best games over the past two seasons came while being guarded by current USC freshman DeMar Derozan (in winter of 2007) and Abdul Gaddy (winter 2008) in prestigious national tournaments in San Diego. Stoglin scored 35 on DeRozan and 30 on Gaddy.
"He called me (at 11:45 p.m. Thursday) and told me he gave Coach DeChellis his commitment," Bishop Maginn coach Rich Hurley said. "I told him, 'If that is where you want to go, I support you 100 percent.' He is a Nittany Lion."
Buie picked Penn State over offers from Maryland, Georgia Tech, Marquette and Notre Dame.
The source said Stephenson held off on announcing for Kansas on Tuesday because of the uncertainty surrounding the Calipari/Henry situation and of similar uncertainty surrounding the futures of Kansas players Cole Aldrich and Sherron Collins. Either or both of them could go pro.
Zagoria later reported that Henry is now considering staying with Memphis, which could push Stephenson back towards Kansas.
If Xavier remains at Memphis, it could open things up for Lance Stephenson to go to Kansas, as he had originally planned. Alternatively, Stephenson could still go elsewhere -- Maryland or St. John’s -- and Kansas could wind up empty-handed.
St. Frances forward Terrell Vinson: All-Met as a junior at Montrose Christian, the Baltimore native transferred closer to home. He had committed to play for Loyola Marymount but now is considering other options after a midseason coaching change. He is averaging 25 points and 11 rebounds this season.
On Sunday, Vinson will headline the Baltimore All-Star team against the U.S. All-Stars at the Charm City Challenge at the Towson Center. Maryland power forward commitments Jordan Williams and James Padgett will suit up for the national team. Click here for the rosters and here for more info on the game.
• Two quick links from TerpCenter.com. First, the Maryland recruiting site is co-sponsoring the I-95 Elite Challenge, a Baltimore vs. D.C. all-star event on May 2 that will pit the area's best players from the classes of 2010-2013 against each other. Click here for more information. Second, on this week’s edition of TerpCenter Radio, publisher Jeff Ermann and Adam Zagoria discuss the Lance Stephenson recruitment. Click here to listen.
Dara Taylor will likely start at the point guard position next season for Maryland in replacing All American Kristi Toliver. Taylor did not have a great game, but was very impressive in practice, defending and shutting down nearly every guard in the game.
Forbes and Ferguson were both just picked to play in the Army All-American Bowl, which features some of nation's top high school players, next January in San Antonio. Right now, they are the only Maryland players chosen for that prestigious game. Both are also ranked among the nation's top 100 prospects in the Class of 2010, regardless of position, by Rivals.com -- Ferguson is No. 15, and Forbes is No. 97.
Old Mill junior RB/LB Josh Furman received a scholarship offer from Oklahoma today. The Sooners join a list that's sure to keep expanding, but currently includes Duke, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, Pitt, Virginia, Virginia Tech and West Virginia.
“Penn State and Pittsburgh are my two top schools,” he said. “I’ll probably end up going to one of those two. I’m from Pennsylvania and it’s close to home, I’m from Pittsburgh. I’m looking to get back up north. Plus, all my family is up there.”
The countdown to Lance Stephenson's announcement is at four days, but several reports say all signs point to Kansas.
The five-star shooting guard from Brooklyn (N.Y.) Lincoln will choose between Kansas, St. John’s and Maryland on March 31 -- one day before he plays in the McDonald’s All-American Game in Miami. But NBE Basketball Report quoted “a source close” to Stephenson that said he’ll “definitely” be a Jayhawk.
“They went pretty hard, he had a great visit, and they essentially sent (former NBA player) Danny Manning as the Mariano Rivera in this situation to close the deal.”
The source continued, “Lance understood the magnitude of this decision. He flirted with the idea of revitalizing the St. John’s program and sort of sprouting into a New York City icon by putting SJU and New York City back on the map. But realistically, he wants to win at a big-time program and Kansas is a perfect fit for him.”
The New York Daily News also predicts Stephenson to Kansas, but notes that some UM sources are still holding out hope.
"It appears (Kansas coach) Bill (Self) has one up on (St. John’s coach) Norm (Roberts)," a source said Wednesday. The source would be "shocked" if Stephenson chose Maryland over Kansas and St. John's.
Maryland officials, however, said last week that they believe they are still in the Stephenson sweepstakes.
Lance says it was between Kansas, Maryland and St. John’s, but several sources said Maryland is not in the picture and one source very close to the decision-making process said Kansas is a heavy favorite.
The 6-foot-10 center averaged 35.7 points per game this season, most of which were against arguably the top league in Connecticut. Williams is now the all-time leading scorer in school and Naugatuck Valley League history.
The Register also produced the video below, highlighting Williams’ senior year.
No player in the area was more consistent or versatile than Barton, who averaged 18points, 10 rebounds and four assists. Along with his multiple skills at both ends of the court, Barton's enthusiasm, energy and confidence made his teammates better.
Barton discussed his recruiting this week on TerpCenter Radio. Scott Van Pelt and ESPN 980’s Kevin Sheehan were also guests on the weekly podcast. Click here to listen.
The Montrose Christian transfer immediately took on the role of the team's go-to player and leader. The 6-foot-7 small forward, who averaged 23 points and eight rebounds, was a constant mismatch for opposing defenses. He was able to score from outside or down low. He led the No.2 Panthers to undefeated seasons and tournament titles in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference and the Baltimore Catholic League, showing a knack for providing whatever it took to close out wins.
Tyrone Garland, John Bartram: The lone junior in the group led the city in overall scoring (26 games, 750 points, 28.8 average) while showing a dizzying array of moves, and finishes. His hairstyle and competitive spirit lead some to call him "Braidheart." Paced the Braves (18-7) into the second round of the state playoffs. Averaged 4.9 rebounds, 5.1 assists, 4.0 steals. Already receiving national recruiting interest. Boasts 1,510 career points.
• Testudo Times’ Ben Broman took a look this week at Maryland’s 2010 recruiting picture, identifying all the major Terp targets at the wing and post positions and at the guard spots.
“I was right underneath the basket and I saw it going in the whole way,” said Jordan Williams (17 points, 15 rebounds, 5 blocks), Desmond’s more storied brother as a 6-foot-10 center heading for Maryland.
Stephenson, who, along with teammate Darwin (Buddha) Ellis, would become the first player to win four PSAL city titles, said he has based his pick on the caliber of coach, the kind of players he will be surrounded by and what program gives him the best chance to win an NCAA championship. Kansas is the defending national champions while Maryland is a perennial contender.
The 6-foot-7 Vinson had 13 points and 12 rebounds, Williams 12 points, five rebounds, five assists and four steals, and Holmes and Lewis 10 points for St. Frances. Lewis, a 6-foot-8 sophomore, also had four blocked shots and four steals.
Naji Hibbert had 17 points and four steals and Victor Oladipo 13 points for DeMatha (31-3), the Washington Catholic League champion. Four others had eight points, including Mikael Hopkins, who had eight rebounds and five blocked shots. Quinn Cook dished out eight assists and had six rebounds.
On Saturday, Barton set the tone in the Lakers' 75-50 win over Friendly in the title game, scoring 10 of his game-high 20 points in the first quarter, hitting two three pointers and a highlight dunk. He added nine rebounds and three assists.
He averaged 18 points, 10 rebounds and four assists for the season. Barton, who made the honor roll this year at Lake Clifton, hasn't selected a college.
“Miami, Virginia, Maryland, Seton Hall, Temple, LaSalle and a couple of other schools” are recruiting him, shared Antonio.
Could the [Barton brothers] end up a package deal? “It’s some schools that want him that don’t want me, and there are some schools that want me that don’t want him” he said. “If it’s a school that we both like, that we both want to go to, that would happen”.
Townsend, who sat for the final 12:51 of the first half after being whistled for three fouls in 43 seconds, started the second half, but was back on the bench after being called for her fourth 40 seconds into the third quarter.
“I’m still getting letters from Maryland, Connecticut, Georgia, Boston College and Virginia Tech,” he said. “Schools haven’t really gotten that personal yet, so I’m not sure who is most interested in me.
“I kind of like Maryland though. It’s close to home and I like the setup of the facilities I’ve been there twice.”
Previously it was believed Penn State may be in the forefront, does the Florida offer change anything?
“This makes my decision a whole lot more complicated,” he said. “This decision determines my life, my future and is really big. I’m not going to rush it. I still plan to announce before the football season or this summer. I’ve got a lot to think about and my coach is a big part of this too.”
“I’ve heard from a lot of people,” State College (Pa.) State College Area offensive tackle Jack Deboef said. “I’ve gotten full rides from Buffalo, Maryland, Temple, NC State and I just got one earlier this week from Purdue.
“Alabama wants to recruit him and Princeton is engaging him along with Utah. Illinois came to the school and has sent a lot of paperwork. Colleges keep talking, but he has the same four offers, BYU, Maryland, Rutgers and Boise State.”
The No. 20 that Jordan wears follows the family line. His dad, Leron, an assistant at Torrington, wore it for the Raiders, as did Murray. And Murray wore No. 20 at UConn from 1987-91.
"It means a lot to me to follow them," Jordan said. "And I feel real good because I talked to [Maryland coach] Gary Williams and he said I've got No. 20 next season. But before that I'd like to wear my Torrington No. 20 for a few more games."
Kansas figures that if Stephenson wants to develop into an NBA player at a high-level program, who better to teach him than Manning, the No. 1 overall pick by the L.A. Clippers in the 1988 NBA Draft?
Stephenson, the No. 1 recruit in the Class of 2009 according to the Hoop Scoop and No. 9 by Rivals, will likely choose from among Kansas, Maryland and St. John’s and hopes to announce March 21 at Madison Square Garden after the PSAL championship game.
"We really did want to take it one game at a time," said junior forward Will Barton, who had 18 points and nine rebounds. "People thought we were playing, but you see how focused we are out there on the court. When teams make a run at us, we don't panic, we don't start fussing - we just stay together, and now we have one more to go to accomplish all our goals."
The Pats advance to the state quarterfinals, where they will meet Pennsbury on Saturday at a site and time to be determined. Penn Wood improved to 25-4, while Bartram's season, despite a stellar, 21-point performance by Tyrone Garland, ended with an 18-9 mark.
In its return to the state tournament, though, it was Springbrook (26-0) that seemed in control of the game, only to allow Walbrook (23-4) to stay just close enough. Star forward Roscoe Smith, a highly-touted junior, had 14 points and 11 rebounds for the Warriors.
The 6-foot-6 junior poured in a game-high 26 points, 10 of which came from the free-throw line. Parker made timely baskets throughout and also helped key a pivotal third-quarter run for the Mavericks.
When he wasn’t doing the scoring, he often found open teammates Brice Kofane, Marshawn Powell and Hippolyte Tsafack underneath. Parker also grabbed nine rebounds and snagged a pair of steals in the win.
Battle's mother, Denise Murphy, is visiting Indianapolis from Albany along with her next oldest son -- Taran Buie -- a junior at Maginn who is also being heavily recruited to join his big brother at Penn State.
Dara Taylor (20 points) tried to get off a 3-pointer but could not, and with four seconds left she drove in and scored, hoping to draw a foul. The Riders avoided contact and won.
"We let their pressure get the best of us when we shouldn't have," Taylor said. "I take full responsibility for that. We got to a fast run-and-gun game and completely changed what we did in the first half. We got out of hand and played right into their hands."
The 5-foot-7 senior point guard led the Buccaneers to a 14-11 record and the quarterfinals of the state tournament this season, averaging 17.8 points, 5.5 assists, 5.0 rebounds and 5.0 steals per game.
O'Hara outscored Wilson 15-4 in the second quarter and appeared to be in command when it took a 10-point lead 2:05 into the third. Natasha Cloud hit a 3-pointer to put the Lions up 34-23 with 5:55 left in the fourth.
“I have one offer from Maryland,” he said. “I’m in touch with Pittsburgh and Duke. I’m also receiving letters from Michigan State, Northwestern, Boston College, Rutgers and Tennessee. New Mexico is very interested in me.
Lance Stephenson had a triple-double of 39 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists and James Padgett followed with 21 points and 13 rebounds for No. 1 Lincoln (18-10), which faces No. 9 Transit Tech in the PSAL Class AA quarterfinals Saturday afternoon at St. John’s University at 5 p.m.
Stephenson, the No. 1 senior in the nation according to the Hoop Scoop and No. 9 by Rivals, is one of the few elite seniors who has yet to pick a college and will likely choose from among St. John's (a Nike school), Kansas (adidas) and Maryland (Under Armour).
Yet the young man they call "Born Ready" has repeatedly said that the style of play (he prefers an up-tempo approach), the talent level of his future teammates and his relationship with the coach will be the determining factors. The sneaker affiliation of the school, he said, will have no bearing on his choice.
“It came down to two championship players -- (Torrington center) Jordan Williams and (Crosby point guard) Anthony Ireland -- living up to their billing,” said Torrington coach Tony Turina, whose team took its first lead of the game (68-67) with two minutes left on a pair of Desmond Williams (8 points, 7 assists, 8 rebounds) foul shots, then got trades from their leaders as Jordan (52 points, 21 rebounds, 3 blocks, 2 steals) and Ireland (29 points) made athletic layups at opposite ends of the court to wrestle the lead back and forth.
[Bishop Maginn coach Rich] Hurley felt the brothers playing in the same backcourt again would be "neat," but was worried Battle's senior-year priorities might shift if he had Buie's collegiate adjustment to worry about.
Battle said it would be fun recreating the high school days with his brother on the Bryce Jordan Center hardwood, but the point guard won't count on it for the time being.
Mychal Parker and Brice Kofane rounded out the offensive effort with 14 and 13 points each, and the two were both efficient and effective as shot blockers. Parker had three blocks and a pair of steals and Kofane finished with five rejections.
"We struggled a little bit this season," said Dara Taylor, the Caravel senior point guard and Maryland signee who terrorized St. Georges offensively and defensively.
"This is to show everybody we're serious about making a championship run, and it's ours to take. It didn't matter who we were playing. We still had to play defense, play with energy, make shots, and come out sharp."
The Hawkins twins will be playing their final prep games together at the NACA championship; 6-foot-3 Tianna will play for Maryland next year, and 6-0 Tierra has one more year at Riverdale (though she said she'd love to join her sister in College Park in 2010). They said they'll miss playing side by side in the low post, something they've done on common teams since seventh grade.
"I'm going to miss those bullet passes," said Tianna, the team's leading scorer (16.5 ppg). She said one of her best memories was in December at a tournament in Phoenix, where Tierra scored 37 points in four difficult games. "Arizona, that was the best. Every time we got the ball we looked for each other -- and it was her turn to shine."
At 6-6, Essence Townsend of Paterson Catholic is enough of a deterrent to make penetrating point guards think twice about driving the lane. When they determine it's safer to attack off the wing and to gain a better perceived angle to the basket, they discover quickly how fast Townsend covers ground to get in position to challenge any interior shots. She had 10 blocks and cleared a dozen rebounds in a 52-33 victory over Teaneck on Jan. 4.
Great Valley (25-4) vs. Central Dauphin (28-1). The Patriots are pitted against the defending state champions. Alyssa Thomas, a Maryland recruit, averages 19.5 points and 13 rebounds a game.
Pick: Central Dauphin, 62-43.
• Maryland was the first of 10 schools to offer Thomas Johnson linebacker Nick Forbes, according to Scout.com.
Although it wasn’t for a junior day, Forbes has been to Maryland several times. “I like that they are closest to Baltimore and Washington, DC,” he said. “It’s one of those places where you’ll never get bored.
“Plus they also have good academics,” he said. “I plan to major in mechanical engineering and coach Ralph Friedgen says that Maryland has good connections to get an internship and that he knows people at Clark Construction. Getting an internship at a company like that would definitely help my career.”
“Maryland was fun,” he said. “I went up there and got a little visit in. Basically I got a whole tour of the campus and got to see the student center. The whole team was in there bowling. I chilled with them a bit.
“I really like the business school up there and the opportunities when you graduate. I little more than 90% of the kids graduate and get jobs in D.C. or Baltimore.”
The five-star prospect sat down for a video interview this week with SNY.tv, which also mentioned Wake Forest as a potential destination. Stephenson discussed the programs on his list, and shot down a rumor involving the Terps.
There has been speculation that Stephenson might consider Maryland because Maryland has a deal with Under Armour, which has also given gear to Lincoln. But Stephenson plays in Nikes and said the sneaker affiliation of the school had no bearing on his choice.
“Ah, no,” he said. “I’m just going in there and see what’s best for me and my family and how do I fit in the program. That’s it.”
Jordan Williams scored 16 of his game-high 45 points in the first quarter and now is just 13 points shy of 2,000 points as Torrington beat host Wolcott, 93-61, Tuesday in the NVL.
• Long Island (N.Y.) Lutheran forward Tobias Harris wrote about his trip to College Park in his most recent diary for Syracuse.com.
My most recent visit was to Maryland on Sunday, and it looks like a picked good date to go. The Terps upset No. 3 North Carolina 88-85 in overtime. The fans were crazy and the atmosphere at Maryland is great. It was a huge win for them (and no, sorry I did not rush the court haha).
"This is a huge honor," the 5-foot-7 Taylor said Monday afternoon. "When you look at it, only 12 girls made the team, and only 24 [will be at the game]. Twenty-four out of every senior in the whole country?
Senior Tianna Hawkins, a University of Maryland recruit, and junior Tierra Hawkins teamed to score 36 points, including 10 during a decisive 12-2 spurt in the fourth quarter, as the Crusaders pulled away from the Wildcats in Gambrills, 65-46.
[Peters Township’s Nick] Wilcox also had 10 rebounds and offset an 18-point, 15-rebound performance from Seneca Valley senior C.J. Brown, who hit two free throws late in regulation, sending the game to overtime.
"I was really surprised they offered me so soon," said Wilson, who is the third player to commit to Maryland in the Class of 2010. "When they offered it to me I wasn't sure what to say or what to do. I talked it over with my family and decided it would be a good choice for me."
Cornerback Louis Young (6-1, 175), previously committed to Stanford but now exploring all options, is getting the most interest, holding additional scholarship offers from Maryland, Virginia Tech, Boston College, North Carolina, N.C. State, Pittsburgh and Kansas State.
“I got an offer from Maryland about a week ago on Tuesday,” DeMatha safety Michael Coley said. “My coach came and told me. I like the school, it’s a great school, but I’m not trying to make any decision. I’m continuing to stay humble and see how the season goes and what happens from there.”
Knocking Michigan off its perch could be a difficult task for the competition, but it's not impossible. Christian plans to visit a number of campuses in the coming weeks to get a better feel for what each program has to offer. A trip to Michigan is scheduled for March 19. Visit dates to Illinois, Maryland and West Virginia are in the planning stages.
This week, the five-star shooting guard from Brooklyn (N.Y.) Lincoln received some retribution by being selected to play in the McDonald’s All-American game.
“I think McDonald’s is more important than anything,” said the 6-5, 200-pound Stephenson, who on Sunday became the all-time leading scorer in New York State history and who will make an official visit this weekend to Kansas. “If I didn’t make the McDonald’s I’d be more mad, but the McDonald’s I’m happy to be in it.”
Earlier this week Stephenson told Rivals.com he was considering visits to UCLA and Wake Forest, but SNY.tv’s Adam Zagoria reports that those trips aren’t set in stone.
Stephenson recently told me he had no immediate plans to visit any other schools.
“As of right now, no,” he said. “The list that I gave everybody, I’ll make sure I go to all of them. But right now I’m just worrying about Kansas and my season.”
So [Jordan Williams’ parents] went to [Maryland athletic director Deborah] Yow to determine what was going on. "The toughest part [of the rumors] is who is telling you the truth and how to sift through all this," Leron Williams said.
He said Yow told them Gary Williams would remain. To further assure them, Yow said she would put her claims in writing.
… Williams (19 points, 23 rebounds, 3 blocks), averaging 36 points a game, showed Holy Cross more mobility in the first half, coming out to the high post and the wing on offense, lunging for every shot on defense.
But Turina’s bigger hope came from the development of other players since that first game. Sure enough, they came through. By the half, Williams had 11 points, but three other players had significant points toward Torrington’s seven-point lead, 40-33.
“Whenever any of my kids are being recruited by Maryland, I can’t say, ‘Oh, Gary is a great guy,’” Malone said. “Because I don’t know Gary. But I would never do anything to push a bad relationship even though I don’t know how it got the way it did. I will show Maryland basketball that Curtis Malone can be a friend of Maryland basketball.”
Vinson, a 6-foot-7, 210-pound forward rated as the nation's No. 81 overall prospect by Rivals.com, is still considering Massachusetts, Maryland, Cincinnati and USF, according to Mark Karcher, his coach at St. Frances Academy in Maryland.
Keeping in mind that adding more size to the roster is a major focus, Beilein is in heavy pursuit of Will Regan, a 6-8, 235-pound center/power forward from Buffalo. Regan has had interest from many programs, but reportedly has the Wolverines high on his list.
Thomas, who pumped in a game-high 20 points, helped the top-seeded Rams piece together a titanic 19-5 second-half run that induced a 54-34 District 3-AAAA first-round victory Tuesday over Lee's Cougars.
With Central Dauphin nursing a 20-18 lead just seconds after the break, Thomas hauled in 10 of CD's 23 third-quarter points, shocking the Cougars.
10. Riverdale Baptist (Upper Marlboro, Md.) 19-2 (2-0) -- Last four of five games the Crusaders have scored between 65-69 including wins of 28 and 21 points last week. Senior post Tianna Hawkins leads the squad with averages of 16.2 points, 11.0 rebounds and 2.3 steals per game.
Defensive lineman Ego Ferguson Jr. (6-3 260) of Frederick, Md., is one of the most heavily recruited prospects on the East Coast with over 30 offers thus far. Those include Clemson, USC, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Penn State, LSU, California, Maryland, N.C. State and Illinois. He went to a junior day at Maryland and might go to one at North Carolina. He also is considering an unofficial visit to Tennessee. He does not claim any favorites.
Torrington resumed its game the following afternoon, with Williams setting a school record for points in a single game.
In a two-handed dunk, putting back a Martin Mitchell shot off the rim with 2:36 left in the game, Williams shattered the Naugatuck backboard. When other options were exhausted, the teams finished the game Wednesday afternoon at Torrington High School in a 92-70 Red Raider win, including five more points by Williams, for a record 52 points.
“When I broke the backboard, I couldn’t believe it. I didn’t go up trying to break it,” said Williams, who came away from the explosion with minor glass slivers in his neck, arms and shoulders, but no serious injuries.
I can’t imagine why these guys aren’t in it, but it’s a bad job by the folks at Jordan. If it has something to do with Lance wear-testing Under Armour gear for Lincoln, then shame on the Jordan folks.
“Yes, that’s terrible,” Lincoln coach Dwayne “Tiny” Morton wrote in a text message. “I don’t believe that, in New York City at the Garden. He played at their [Nike] camps. He loves Jordan shoes. I know he wanted to play in that game.”
• Washington Post reporters Eric Prisbell and Steve Yanda wrote a three-part series on Maryland’s post-national championship recruiting under Gary Williams this week. Part two takes an in-depth look at Williams’ relationship with local AAU coaches.
In recent years, Williams has displayed a "total unwillingness to engage third-party aspects in recruiting, and that eliminates so many kids from consideration," said a recruiting source intimately involved in the AAU scene who considers Williams one of the nation's best coaches. "If the situation looks anything less than high school coach, kid and parent, Gary doesn't even mess with it. It is so commonly known that he doesn't like AAU guys. It is almost impossible to think he can invite one into his office, have a meaningful conversation and repair the relationship."
Tobias Harris blocked a shot with two seconds remaining for Long Island Lutheran to seal a 60-58 win over Jersey City St. Anthony last night in a non-league boys basketball game. Harris sat much of the second half with four fouls but had 11 points and seven rebounds for LIL (12-8).
Buie's mother, Denise Murphy, has roots in Pennsylvania, and said Sunday she's weighing a move back to the state.
"We have been talking about this for six years," [Bishop Maginn coach Rich] Hurley said. "What I have always told Denise is you have to do what you think is best for your family. If you feel it is in your best interest to leave, then you have to go. It is going to be up to Denise. Taran and I have never talked about this. I don't want Taran to go, and it isn't just about basketball."
Nichols went on a 9-0 run to end the third to take an eight-point lead and led throughout the fourth quarter. Will Regan had 32 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks and Conner Vander Griff added 12 points. St. Mary’s got 19 points from Vince Kazmierczak.
He will arrive on campus in 2010. According to Life Center coach Wilson Arroyo, Quarles' final list also included Syracuse, Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia and Virginia Tech. Kansas, Duke and Florida also stopped by for a visit.
"When [Arnett] played Boys and Girls Club, he played for my father and he was a fat, crying kid back then, and now look at him," Harley said. "And then, in time, when he came to Forestville in ninth grade, [he was] still tall and kind of uncoordinated but didn't know what to expect. His sophomore year, we were pretty good, and he was pretty dominant for that team. That's when we realized this kid had the goods to be a great football player."
"I felt most comfortable at Maryland. They stuck with me the longest, and I really liked the coaches and facility," Fulper said. "Getting up there and playing hard is what I am looking forward to. As far as the ACC goes, it will be a big stage, and I know everyone is watching every move you make, and the competition will be tough."
What it all means to the real world of college football ... Since taking over the job earlier in the decade, Friedgen has never had much problem bringing top-notch athletes to Maryland. This recruiting cycle is no different. He protected his own backyard, getting a slew of terrific young athletes to work with on offense and defense. Now, he and the staff have to find a way to turn that talent into more wins than the Terps have seen in the last five years.
• The Washington Post’s Josh Barr has updates on three in-state Terps targets for the class of 2010: Forestville wide receiver Antonio Belt, Dunbar (D.C.) linebacker Javarie Jackson and Old Mill running back/linebacker Josh Furman.
Maryland offered its in-state talent first. Josh's dad, Tyrone, was a nose tackle for Bobby Ross. Josh also visited LSU's junior day last weekend. The Terrapins and Mountaineers are first in on the second-team All-State junior.
Oklahoma, Tennessee, Clemson, LSU, Miami, Nebraska, North Carolina and Penn State are just a few of the schools vying with Maryland for his commitment. Illinois was first to offer last season, while Maryland was also among the first schools in the mix.
"He gets so much mail, it's hard to keep track of it. He had nine or 10 offers at the end of the season, and it seems like every week three or four more offers have come in," [St. John’s-CP coach Jimmy] Ward said.
Ego Ferguson and Robby Havenstein: It looks like Lion assistant Larry Johnson will be spending a lot of time in Frederick, Md. in the next few months. Ferguson is a 6-3, 260-pound defensive end, Haverstein a massive (6-7, 330) offensive tackle.
One potential Division I signee for next year is Handley's Jeremiah Wilson. The Handley junior running back/defensive back is already being looked at by several FBS teams.
Rayburn said that Wilson recently went to Maryland for a junior day camp, and both Virginia and Virginia Tech have shown interest in the elusive runner. Last year, Wilson ran for 1,400 yards and scored 19 touchdowns to lead the Judges to the Region II, Division 3 final. Wilson was also standout at defensive back and was named first-team All-Northwestern District.
The five-star shooting guard from Brooklyn (N.Y.) Lincoln added the Terps to his top four, and spoke to SNY.tv’s Adam Zagoria this week about his recent visit to College Park.
“Maryland, I had fun,” he said. “We talked about Padge [6-8 Maryland-bound forward James Padgett of Lincoln], how we’re going to get him ready for Maryland,” Stephenson said. “That’s a good look for me and him to go to. I’m just looking at different schools and trying to see where the best fit is.”
He added: “They’re kind of high on my list. I didn’t go and visit all the other schools. I just visited that school. It’s the first official visit. I’m just going to see what the other schools look like and pick by that.”
[Lincoln coach Dwayne] Morton has seen improvements in every part of Padgett’s game – from defense to rebounding to his soft touch around the hoop. He is averaging 15 points and 10 rebounds in 13 Brooklyn AA league games – one of the reasons the Railsplitters recently won the regular-season division crown – but Morton has been more impressed with the strides he has made as a leader.
“He’s been more vocal,” the coach said, stressing that when Padgett talks, others listen.
The Torrington boys basketball team (10-4) beat Ansonia (4-10) at home Monday evening by the same 20-point margin, 86-66, as last Thursday’s over Woodland.
But Monday’s effort brought a smile to coach Tony Turina’s face versus Thursday’s frown.
“This was a good team win tonight,” Turina said, who saw just two constants between the games. Jordan Williams had 42 points Monday versus 41 last Thursday. Justin Duksis (12 points Monday versus 9 Thursday) had his second career game in a row.
"Yeah, I we lose Dave Neal off this year's team. We've signed Jordan Williams and James Padgett, and I think we're in a pretty good position. I really believe we can be a top 25 team preseason next year."
I have to say the rehab for my ankle went really well. My physical therapist really helped me get through this injury and have me back playing as soon as he thought the time was right. Needless to say, physical therapy was NOT easy, I would leave there with my t-shirt drenched with sweat the therapist wouldn't take it easy on me. Those people are brutal! But I would have to say the worst part about the therapy was the ice bath that I had to put my ankle in afterward. It was just way to COLD for me.
5. MARYLAND TERRAPINS: Maryland signed five four-star recruits among its 24 signees: DL De'Onte Arnett (Capitol Heights, Md.) DB Travis Hawkins (Gaithersburg, Md.), RB Caleb Porzel (Olney, Md.) and OL Pete White (Washington, D.C.). Scout.com ranked White the No. 5 offensive guard in the nation. Defensive lineman Justin Anderson of Blythewood High signed with Maryland.
With the struggles of [Josh] Portis and [Jeremy] Ricker in particular, Maryland probably needs one of this year's signees to develop into something more than just a competent option.
"I think C.J. Brown has that potential," rivals.com recruiting analyst Mike Farrell said. "He's improved every year under center in high school, but most importantly he's very smart and can learn the offense at Maryland. Guys like Jordan Steffy, Josh Portis and Jeremy Ricker all had great athletic ability and live arms, but none of them had the football smarts of Brown, and in Ralph's system, brains are the most important thing."
Despite Virginia making a late run, Fulper had already decided on Maryland over James Madison and a handful of other Division I-A and I-AA schools. While playing left tackle this past season, the 6-foot-5, 291-pound lineman also played center in his first three seasons with Gretna, which could be where he winds up at Maryland.
• Scout.com’s John Wallpher conducted a Q&A with Terps defensive end recruit David Mackall just days before Signing Day.
Scout.com: You had many offers, why Maryland?
Mackall: Going into the summer of my senior season, Maryland, East Carolina, Eastern Michigan, Clemson and Syracuse offered me first. I committed to Maryland right away. A few other schools showed a lot of interested like like Georgia, Kansas State and Florida, but I committed to Maryland before they could offer.
• Note: I spoke to the guys at TerpCenter.com about UM's football recruiting class for the Web site's weekly Maryland podcast. Other guests include Danny O'Brien, C.J. Brown, Dexter McDougle and Adam Zagoria. Click here to listen to the podcast.
On Tuesday night, Williams’ Torrington (Conn.) team fell to Crosby, 73-70. But the UM commitment scored 50 points, grabbed 23 rebounds and blocked four shots while breaking a long-standing school record.
For 22 years, Murray Williams was the all-time scoring leader for Torrington High, but those 22 years came to an end Tuesday night when his nephew, Little Jordan -- all 6 feet, 10 inches of him -- passed him.
With 5 minutes, 44 seconds remaining in the third quarter, Jordan Williams scored on a put-back, and officially the torch was passed from one Williams to another.
The 6-foot-7 senior forward led No. 2 St. Frances to three victories last week, including two over ranked teams. Vinson, a transfer from Montrose Christian, scored 34 points and had 14 rebounds in the Panthers' 83-76 double-overtime win against No. 5 Mount St. Joseph; 23 points and 12 rebounds in a 68-49 victory over No. 14 John Carroll; and 22 points and eight rebounds in a 96-38 win against St. Maria Goretti. Vinson has a 3.0 grade-point average and averages 27 points, eight rebounds and 3.3 blocks.
Ross, who lives just off campus with other out-of-county players, has drawn local attention from Maryland and Georgetown. According to Rivals.com, he has offers from Washington, Arizona State, California and Oregon State. Ross mentioned Kentucky, Louisville, Villanova, Oklahoma, Memphis, Tennessee and 2008 National Champion Kansas as other programs that interest him.
A report last May by ESPNU said "Ross may be considered the No. 1 two-guard prospect out West in the Class of 2010," referred to his frame as "Jordan-esque" and called his athleticism "off the charts."
While highly touted junior Tobias Harris (18 points) made his second appearance since missing 12 games because of torn ligaments in his ankle, [Achraf] Yacoubou was the hero for LuHi for a second straight day against a New York City team.
Memo to Taran Buie: After spending Saturday night in State College watching your brother, Talor Battle, help Penn State beat Iowa before 10,000, I couldn't help but envision you and Talor in the backcourt together. Penn State's program is on the rise, and I can see the headlines now: Buie and Battle lead the Nittany Lions to another win, and a spot in the Final Four.
Kayla McBride, a 5-foot 11-inch junior guard, led Villa Maria (14-3) with 18 points. McBride place tough defense on 5-foot 10-inch junior guard Natasha Cloud, who was scoreless. Cloud has verbally committed to Maryland.
Klemm - a 6-foot-6, 280-pound tackle - was 100 percent committed to BC but that was before offensive line coach Jack Bicknell Jr. took a job with the Giants. The Wheeler standout went on an official visit to Boston College on Dec. 12.
After just returning from an official to Maryland this past weekend, Klemm’s recruitment status now comes down to a two-team race between Boston College and the Terrapins.
“It’s pretty tough to deal with something like this,” Klemm said. “It’s very hard to build relationships in a short amount of time. Boston College hasn’t named an offensive line coach yet, and that’s someone you want to know. You’ll be with that person throughout your college career.
Getting into school early is far from a guarantee of playing time. But regardless of where Drakeford and Murray fit in, they are going to get a ton of work during spring practice.
Consider that Maryland loses five of its top eight linebackers from last year's two deep --- Chase Bullock, Rick Costa, Trey Covington, Moise Fokou and Dave Philistin. Then, consider that Alex Wujciak and Ben Pooler will both sit out after undergoing knee surgeries.
Under Armour All-American linebacker Jelani Jenkins (Wheaton, Md./Good Counsel) is considering Penn State, Florida, USC, Notre Dame and Stanford. Speculation centers around the Nittany Lions and Gators having the inside track with perhaps Urban Meyer's team being the top choice. Jenkins will announce his decision on Wednesday on ESPNU.
There was some movement in the Rivals.com postseason Maryland Top 20. Of course Wheaton outside linebacker prospect Jelani Jenkins still resides at the top spot. But now at No. 2 is Forestville strong side defensive end DeOnte Arnett. Another strong side defensive end recruit who made his way up the rankings is Gaithersburg's Jason Ankrah, who now sits at No. 4. He moved past cornerback Travis Hawkins and defensive tackle Terrence Stephens, two of his teammates, in the state rankings. Speaking of cornerbacks, four of the top seven play this position. Baltimore strong side defensive end David Mackall moved into the No. 10 position.
114. RB D.J. Adams, Norcross, Ga., 5-10, 210. Powerful runner has surprising open-field moves. Rushed for 1,462 yards and 11 touchdowns as a junior in 2007. Committed to Maryland.
• The Washington Post’s Josh Barr reports that Good Counsel linebacker Jelani Jenkins made an official visit to Penn State last weekend, and the Nittany Lions occupy one spot on Jenkins’ list of five schools.
Jenkins' only other official visit was to Florida last month. He also is considering Notre Dame, Southern Cal and Stanford.
• Jenkins’ Good Counsel teammate, two-star cornerback Mike Wallace, pledged to Penn State this week. Scranton (Pa.) Times-Tribune reporter Donnie Collins analyzes the commitment.
1.) He goes to Good Counsel High School in Maryland.
2.) Wallace's best friend is Jelani Jenkins, who coincidentally, also goes to Good Counsel.
While the Mountaineers visit proved to be a lot of fun, he says the campus itself that stood out was at Maryland. “It’s a great campus,” he said. “It’s all in a big circle and not all spread out or anything.”
Another thing going for the Terps is that he’s friends with sophomore defensive back Antwine Perez. “He played at Wilson High School so we knew each other,” Glaud said. “He first signed with USC but transferred back because he says he really wanted to be close to his family. He told me that’s the most important thing…to have that support around you.”
Atco (N.J.) Winslow Township High School middle linebacker Ka’Lial Glaud who seems to be down to West Virginia and Rutgers right now with Iowa on the outside looking in. Glaud has said for a long time now that WVU was the favorite, but Rutgers has made up some ground.
Nunez (6-3, 234 pounds), who is from Hoboken, NJ, chose the Panthers over scholarship offers from a number of other schools, including Michigan State, Rutgers, Oklahoma and Maryland.
He is ranked as the 19th best overall prospect from New Jersey and one of the top 40 defensive ends nationally by Rivals.com. He is also rated as a three-star prospect by the web-site. He runs the 40-yard dash in 4.76 seconds, bench presses 300 pounds and squats 450.
His father, Ken Watson, who is now the pastor of Rock Hill Bible Fellowship, played at Maryland in the mid-1970s. Asa's older brother is Ben Watson, a tight end for the New England Patriots who played at Duke one season before transferring to Georgia.
According to his father, Asa Watson chose State over Duke and Maryland and had about 10 major scholarship offers.
Bond entertained offers from Duke, East Carolina, Maryland, Michigan, N.C. State, South Carolina, Wake Forest and Virginia Tech before settling on UNC.
“He liked what Carolina had to offer,” Bertie coach Tony Hoggard said. “The atmosphere was good for him. It was like home to him. He didn’t want to go too far from home. He wanted to be somewhere his mom could easily get to his games without it being a burden.”
He's the top uncommitted defensive prospect in [Virginia], but at least he's not the only top-notch recruit in the state without specific college plans yet. Collins is torn between the three final schools on his list of considerations: Virginia, Virginia Tech and Penn State.
"Last year at this time, I never thought it would take this long," said Collins, a 6-foot-4, 240-pounder considered by many recruiting analysts to be one of the nation's top 40 defensive end prospects. "I was hoping it'd be all over with by now."
Although Terrell Vinson still doesn’t hold his release from Loyola Marymount, when he does receive it he’ll become one of the more highly recruited prospects in the 2009 class.
A quick glance at Scout.com’s top ranked power forward explains exactly why Vinson should get plenty of attention from college coaches when he gets his release from LMU. Of the top 35 power forwards, only Renardo Sidney and Vinson are available.
Sidney’s recruitment has a bit of a mystery and only a handful of schools are involved. With Vinson there’s a chance to get involved with a Top 100 prospect, that will likely start the recruiting process all over.
The game showcased two of the state's top prospects -- [Chelsea] Davis and Taylor. One, Davis, is a 6-foot-3 forward-center headed for Florida State University and she had 27 points, 20 rebounds, four blocks, four assists and three steals.
The 5-foot-7 Taylor is a point guard headed to Maryland and she also had 27 points.
“Virginia Tech and South Florida” along with Providence are all possible suitors, plus “definitely Maryland” said [Vinson’s father James] Gilyard, with more to surely be evaluated. According to him, Terrell initially “liked the weather (Southern California provides), but now he’s at the point where he wants to go where he’s wanted and playing time will be available”.
The 6-foot-10 Williams, who has averaged 32 points per game this season, had just seven points at halftime and none in the third quarter before finishing with a season-low 13 points.
The reason was three-fold: Holy Cross' Ryan Kolb (game-high 23 points, seven rebounds), Kyle Murphy (20 points, 16 rebounds) and Trevor Platt (10 points, seven rebounds). When they weren't scoring on the offensive end, defensively they swarmed Williams from every angle, preventing the University of Maryland recruit from getting the ball down low.
..."We couldn't let Jordan Williams beat us," Murphy added. "I think this was the first time we kept him under 40 points.”
"I sat down with my family and all my AAU coaches," Epps said. "They were talking about what would be better for me, and said that in the Big East there are better guards. I wanted to try and play in that conference."
Epps chose the Panthers and head coach Jamie Dixon over Maryland, Rutgers and Seton Hall, saying that while he likes both the ACC and the Big East, he felt most at home at Pitt.
Will Regan scored 37 points to surpass 1,000 in his career as Nichols downed St. Francis, 83-71, in a Monsignor Martin Association basketball game Friday night. The junior center also had 19 rebounds as the Vikings moved to 11-1, 3-0. Nichols led, 47-46, at halftime.
But Miller (9-3, 1-1) got a big-time performance from Mychal Parker, who poured in a game-high 23 points to go along with seven rebounds and three steals. Hippolyte Tsafack also had a productive outing, contributing 12 points and pulling down a team-high 12 rebounds.
It is a talented, interchangeable group. All five starters are headed to Division I schools. Star senior center Stephanie Holzer, bound for Vanderbilt, once walked through O'Hara with a halo around her right leg, unable to walk up and down a court, let alone run. Natasha Cloud, the lone junior starter who verbally committed to Maryland last month, was once the starting quarterback of her grade-school football team. Danielle Callahan (La Salle) and Alicia Manning (Lafayette) each come from rich basketball bloodlines, and Alysha Womack (Monmouth) somehow manages to find time to breathe in between juggling three varsity sports.
One local player who had committed to BC, Everett defensive back Jim Noel, now has scheduled visits to Penn State and Maryland. Everett coach John DiBiaso said yesterday that Noel, who was recruited by Spaziani and defensive line coach Jeff Comissiong, would look positively at a Spaziani hire.
“He’s just waiting to see what happens with the coaching situation,” DiBiaso said. “He’s got a good relationship with the current staff. They’re the ones who recruited him and he’s comfortable with them. I don’t know how he’s going to decide though. Right now it’s up in the air.”
These next two weeks will be huge for UF, as some of the top talent is expected on campus. The Jan. 16 weekend lineup currently stands at Reid, Gadsden, Ala., Gadsden City cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick, Alabama running back pledge Trent Richardson, of Pensacola, Tampa Plant tight end Orson Charles, Irvington, N.J., athlete Joshua Evans, Gaithersburg, Md., Quince Orchard defensive back Travis Hawkins, Columbus, Ga., Carver linebacker Jarvis Jones, Miami, Gulliver Prep linebacker/safety Frankie Telfort and Fort Pierce, Westwood defensive tackle Luther Robinson.
... Clarksburg's two-time 2A shot put state champion, Avery Graham, an All-Gazette first-team linebacker, placed sixth (50-0.25).
... Graham continued his strong performance by taking second in the 55-meter dash, clocking a time of 6.35 seconds. He finished less than one-hundredth of a second behind Damien Thigpin of Stonewall Jackson (Va.).
Mathis said he also had scholarship offers from Maryland, Kansas State, Wake Forest, Clemson, N.C. State, New Mexico, Syracuse and Liberty. He arrived at Virginia with his parents for an official visit Friday and committed before heading home to Bowie, Md., Sunday.
“UVa was the perfect fit,” Mathis said. “It just made sense. UVa’s not just building football players, they’re building young men in their program.”
Randolph was offered scholarships by 13 schools, among them Penn State, Tennessee, Maryland, West Virginia, Michigan State, Syracuse, Illinois, Louisville and Connecticut. He said that he was glad to have his decision made so he can return to a normal life.
"It was crazy," Randolph said. "When I went to N.C. State I kind of had the pressure relieved off me. It felt like the right choice. I'm glad I can stay close to home."
The Terps' main focus was to stock up on linebackers, especially with the departure of Rick Costa, Moise Fokou and Dave Philistin. Maryland will have to replace three seniors on its offensive line, and that was the staff's second priority. The Terps are still shopping in that department, but have a good start with three commitments in Pete DeSouza (Hyattsville, Md.), Bennett Fulper (Gretna, Va.) and Ryan Schlieper (Wexford, Pa.).
Maryland cornerback recruit Travis Hawkins won't arrive in College Park this month as originally planned.
The Quince Orchard standout intended to graduate high school early and enroll at Maryland this semester. But according to The Washington Post, Hawkins is shy of a qualifying SAT score. He’s still committed to the Terps, but he may visit other schools.
"He's really close, but at this point he can't take it again before you have to enroll," [Quince Orchard coach Dave] Mencarini said. "He is still committed to Maryland, that's what he has always said. He has said in the past to Ralph [Friedgen], 'If I don't graduate early, I still might take some other visits.'"
“Maryland is number one right now,” Nunez says. “I’ve been there a lot and I feet really comfortable with all the coaches and players already. There’s probably about an 80-90 percent chance I’ll go there.”
The Terps still lead solidly over Pittsburgh and Michigan State, who he is visiting on Jan. 9 and 17 respectively.
“If I get that feeling at Pittsburgh or Michigan State it could change things,” he said. “I want to compare them to Maryland and see how the other schools are. I need to see how they stack up and how I feel when I’m there.”
"I went to West Virginia, and I felt like I was part of the family. ... Besides, I thought I would play earlier at West Virginia. I did my homework, and West Virginia leads the Big East in Rhodes scholars. They graduate a lot of their players."
He also watched the Meineke Car Care Bowl between his top two choices, West Virginia and North Carolina. The Mountaineers won, 31-30.
"I did watch the game, but I pretty much had my mind made up by then. I wanted to see the different styles between the Big East and the ACC. I was glad that West Virginia came out on top," he said.
UM has a good chance to land Plantation American Heritage tackle Jared Wheeler (leans toward Miami over Vanderbilt) and Newark, N.J. (sic)-based Malcolm Bunche. UM also is in contention for Washington-based Peter White (UM, Maryland and Tennessee are finalists), Cleveland-based Marcus Hall and Hargrave's Bobby Massie (the No. 1 prep school player).
• Good Counsel linebacker Jelani Jenkins, who was selected to MaxPreps.com’s All-American team this week, has scheduled an official visit for next weekend.
Good Counsel All-Met linebacker Jelani Jenkins, who played in the UnderArmour All-America game on Sunday night, plans to take his next official visit to Penn State on the weekend of Jan. 16-18. He visited Florida last month and does not have any other official visits scheduled, according to his father, Maurice.
Six-foot-10 All-State center Jordan Williams (30 points, 21 rebounds, 6 blocks), who averages well over 30 points a game while dominating the middle on both ends of the court, had two fouls in the first quarter and a third by the half. He started the third period, but picked up a fourth foul with 4:45 left in the third, then sat on the bench until there was just 6:33 left in the game, fourth quarter.
[Lincoln’s Lance] Stephenson, the nationally known college prospect, got his points – 37 of them and the Railsplitters’ first 12 – but the Kangaroos shut down everyone else. Only senior forward James Padgett finished with Stephenson in double figures, scoring 12.
Unfortunately, I have only played 3 of the 8 games this season. In practice after our win versus Holy Trinity, I came down and rolled my ankle really badly (I hope it's not "the curse of Ryan's blog").
The next morning i got MRI results stating that the ligaments in my ankle were torn. It was devestating news for me. But everything happens for a reason and what doesnt kill you makes you stronger. The doctor said I'll probably miss six to eight weeks.
Top-ranked Riverdale Baptist and No. 12 Wise, along with Northwestern, Largo, C.H. Flowers and DuVal, took part in the three-day event at Flowers. Riverdale (10-2 through Monday) won the tournament, capturing the final by a decisive 24 points over No. 4 Forest Park of Prince William County. Sisters Tierra and Tianna Hawkins each averaged 14 points per game. Tierra, a 6-1 junior, also pulled down 12 rebounds in the finals, and Tianna, a 6-3 senior headed to Maryland, grabbed 16.
On Monday, Forest Park and Riverdale played again (a previously scheduled contest), and the host Crusaders again prevailed, 54-41, behind a powerhouse, 19-point, 16-rebound effort from Tianna Hawkins.
The two other guys in the front seven who stood out today were a pair of east coast defensive ends in David Mackall and Andre Civil. Civil, at 6’5, 250, is long and athletic and when they went live, he was constantly in the backfield harassing the quarterback and meeting the running back behind the line. Mackall looked like one of the more athletic of the East linemen in drills and then made a couple nice stops during team play.
"I am down to three schools -- Maryland, Miami, and Tennessee," White said. "I took an official visit to Maryland about two weeks ago. In about two weeks I am going to Tennessee and then the week after that I am going to Miami."
North Gwinnett quarterback Mike Tamburo engineered the North's most promising drive in the second quarter. His 18-yard pass to Norcross running back DJ Adams gave the squad its first first down of the game.
Lanford Collins: He's a top-50-caliber defensive end, but the 6-4, 240-pound recruit from Brooke Point High in Stafford could end up at linebacker depending on which college he winds up attending. Collins has visited U.Va. and Penn State this month, and he's slated to visit Tech Jan. 23. He's also interested in Maryland.
Near the end of regulation, which featured nine ties and 10 lead changes, Gwynn Park held a 51-43 lead, with 47 seconds showing on the clock, having utilized a spread offense to kill much of the previous three minutes, seemingly sealing the win.
But a Will Regan three-pointer, with 38 seconds showing on the clock, cut the Yellow Jackets' lead to five and started the comeback. Gwynn Park missed its final four free throws, while Nichols' Chris Stegemann hit his two chances, cutting the lead to three, setting up Meyer as the hero.
"This is bad. It is definitely not a good feeling," Bishop Maginn junior guard Taran Buie said. "The locker room is totally different. It is definitely a feeling you don't want to have. I haven't felt this way since the sixth grade."
It was evident that the Lions would have the mismatch inside, especially with three players 6-feet-6 and taller -- Plainfield has just one player listed at 6-feet-6. But the Cardinals were supposed to have the edge in the backcourt, led by highly touted junior Isaiah Epps, who has received offers from Pittsburgh, Maryland, Seton Hall and Rutgers and has also drawn interest from Kansas and Marquette.
Well, Loughlin dominated there, too. Led by Anthony Hamer, the Lions pressured all over the court, forcing numerous turnovers. Epps scored just eight points on two field goals. Anthony Baskerville and Tyrone Johnson led Plainfield with 16 points apiece.
Caravel (6-2) nursed a 38-37 lead for more than three minutes in the fourth quarter. Arielle Chard put Caravel ahead 40-37 on an 18-footer with 1:27 left, and then Dara Taylor (20 points) assisted Chard for a 42-37 lead at 0:55.
Dave Stinebaugh, who is headed to Maryland when he graduates, showed his athleticism and versatility as he lined up at tight end, split end, slot receiver, and was also the punter. The 6-foot-4, 220 pound Stinebaugh held his own in run blocking, however the stats won’t show it as the team only rushed for a total of 15 yards. The highlight of Stinebaugh’s day was a 2-yard touchdown grab, as he hooked up with quarterback Kevin Fulton to bring his team to within two points at the end of the first half. Dave punted the ball four times, averaging 29.8 yards per punt, with a long of 35-yards.
Glaud's most recent visit was to Maryland on Dec. 12. "It was cool," he said. "It was different from Iowa and West Virginia because it's in the city. We got to go into DC and hang out in the ESPN Zone and there's a lot to do there.
"I also think that Maryland is still getting better," he said. "They had a pretty nice season but I think they'll be real good next year."
Shrine Bowl TE Asa Watson (6-3 216) of Rock Hill has picked up offers from Duke, NC State and Maryland. Watson, the brother of New England Patriots tight end Ben Watson, has taken an official visit to Duke and will visit Maryland January 10th and NC State January 17th. He doesn't have a favorite. This season Watson had 20 catches for 450 yards and one touchdown.
"It was just what I saw when I went there," he said. "It felt like home, like another home."
Ankrah said he picked Nebraska over Maryland, Michigan and about 15 other schools. He is rated as the nation's 26th-best defensive end by Scout.com and the 10th-best by Rivals.com. Both recruiting services tabbed Ankrah a four-star recruit.
Though he says he is trying to play every game the same way, [Sacred Heart’s Josh] Turner admitted that he needed to elevate his game against Torrington and 6-foot-10 center Jordan Williams, who is headed to the University of Maryland.
Williams scored a game-high 30 points with 14 rebounds and five blocked shots. Overall, the Red Raiders had trouble getting the ball inside to their best option, with Corey Andrews defending Williams well in the post.
Maryland-bound James Padgett, who is nursing a sore ankle, had nine of his 15 points in the first half and he shot 7-of-7 from the field in the game.
“I was happy with everybody in the first half, especially Padgett,” [Lincoln head coach Dwayne] Morton said. “He’s injured, but he’s the only one not giving me no bull. He’s injured; he’s trying to run. I’m happy with Padgett, happy he played the whole tournament.”
All-State center and top University of Maryland recruit Jordan Williams (39 points on 14-for-18 shooting, 17 rebounds, 5 steals) is going to leave that sort of impression on lots of teams this year.
“Williams was outstanding. What else can you say?” said Watertown coach Rico Brogna, whose team suffered through a 2-18 season last year, but showed lots of hustle and much more promise, despite the score, on Wednesday.
The team must also deal with the Division I prospects of its guards. University of Maryland head coach Gary Williams made an appearance at the Cardinals' scrimmage at Bridgewater-Raritan, presumably to take a look at Epps, who has also drawn interest from Pittsburgh and Georgetown.
Taran Buie scored 24 points, Shavar Fields had 14 points and nine rebounds and Bishop Maginn clamped down defensively in a 63-60 win over state heavyweight Long Island Lutheran Saturday at the Pioneer Classic in Poughkeepsie.
Regan, the 6-foot-9 junior who is being recruited by major Division I schools, led Nichols with 21 points. He picked a great time to show off his outside range by hitting a three-pointer from the left side off an inbounds play to put Nichols up, 56-55, with 1:48 left.
Lake Clifton got 17 points from forward Will Barton, 15 from forward Cleveland Melvin and a collective shut-down performance on defense to come away with the surprisingly comfortable win. The Lakers improved to 4-0 this season, while City fell to 3-2.
Central Dauphin junior standout Alyssa Thomas reached the 1,000-point plateau for her career Wednesday night as the Rams shuffled past Mid-Penn Commonwealth rival CD East 62-43.
Thomas, a 6-1 forward who has a verbal commitment to play collegiately at the University of Maryland, finished with a game-high 27 points. She entered the tussle 10 points shy of 1,000 and reached the mark on a free throw with 4:23 remaining in the opening half.
That is what jumps out immediately with this Washington Team. With a backfield of Devon Smith (PSU) and Caleb Porzel (Maryland) there is no doubt about the big play capability. Smith looks incredible with his vision and cutting ability without losing a step. Porzel adds a little more power and got behind the defense from slot receiver whenever he wanted it seemed.
Randolph: Maryland is home so they will always have a chance with me. I’m just starting the process where I will narrow things down and pay attention to the schools and what I want for the next four schools of my life so Maryland has a legitimate chance.
He's considered by many analysts to be one of the nation's top 25 offensive-tackle recruits. He's still looking at BC, but he also is giving offers from U.Va., Maryland, Rutgers and Iowa serious looks, too. He has visits set up for Maryland and Rutgers.
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"Maryland has always been right there, they've been recruiting me from the start," Ankrah said. "Michigan has tradition and opportunity and a great football atmosphere. Nebraska's Coach [Bo] Pelini is a defensive coordinator-head coach type, plus their D-Line coach went to my high school so we have a great relationship."
Williams said he is keeping his options open and still lists Alabama, West Virginia, Pittsburgh, Maryland and Rutgers as his top five schools.
His trip this coming weekend to Rutgers will be the first of his five officially allowed visits. Williams canceled his trip the weekend of Nov. 29 to Alabama and is looking to reschedule a visit to West Virginia for next month.
As of now, Rutgers is the only school Williams has lined up for a visit.
“I’m thinking about going to Maryland on December 19th for an official,” he said. “I will be in Miami in January for a visit. I don’t know if I’ll take any other visits. For now, those are the next two.
“I just want to see what the campuses are all about, the weight rooms and most important I want to get to know the offensive line coach. I want to talk to them since I’ll be with them the next four years. That’s most important.”
Caravel's Dara Taylor had 23 points as the No. 1-ranked Bucs beat No. 2 and host Delcastle 49-41 in a nonconference girls basketball game Tuesday afternoon. The University of Maryland signee was 7-for-8 from the free-throw line in the final 49 seconds and scored 14 points in the fourth quarter.
"They are a very good team and they play very aggressive defense," Taylor said. "We were rushing things in the beginning and we figured it out in the second half and we started to settle down."
Bernardo Nunez visited College Park in November and is scheduled for a return trip this month.
The Hoboken, N.J., defensive end visited Maryland unofficially for the Florida State game. Nunez told Scout.com he’ll make his official visit to Maryland next weekend.
"I like Maryland because they keep in contact the most and call whenever they can," Nunez said. "They just show the most love. Plus, they are close so they've been to some games and we go down there whenever we can. I've been to campus a lot and love it.
"The program had a rough season, but are still going to a bowl game, so that's cool," he said.
He says that the Terps now lead slightly over Pittsburgh and Michigan State.
• St. John’s (D.C.) offensive guard Peter White was supposed to make an official visit to Tennessee last weekend, but plans changed and he couldn’t make the trip to Knoxville. According to Rivals.com, the Volunteers are still in the mix along with three other schools.
He plans on taking an official visit to Maryland on December 12, and he is also hoping to set up at least two more official visits.
“I’m going to Maryland then, and I still want to set up trips to Miami and Oregon,” he said.
“I’ve pretty much narrowed it to Maryland, Miami, Oregon and Tennessee. They’re good programs and good schools. I just like them a lot.”
"I chose Virginia first and foremost because of academics," Hill said following his announcement at Lafayette on Friday. "I think Virginia is just a couple of pieces from turning the corner in football."
• Penn State and Maryland have a similar wish list for the defensive line, based on this Nittany Lions recruiting update from The Pocono (Pa.) Record.
There are plenty of players, ends Lanford Collins of Stafford, Va., and Williamsburg, Va.'s Will Hill and tackles Isaac Holmes of Hoboken, N.J. and Brandywine, Md.'s Raynard Randolph, left. Hill, who will enroll in January, was at Penn State on Nov. 15 for an official and came away impressed, while Randolph could visit in the near future.
Boston College, Maryland, Syracuse, North Carolina State and Connecticut have been in contact with him recently and after the performance he’s been putting on down the stretch this season, it wouldn’t be surprising to see him come up with a few more offers by signing day.