Signing Day Profile: Maryland

Heading into Signing week, Maryland has the No. 15 ranked recruiting class in the top 25. Here's a recap of how they Terps did.

What went right?

Mark Turgeon will officially reel in a pair of top 60 recruits during the initial signing period.

The Terrapins specifically needed to add size and a quality wing prospect. Maryland was able to do both by picking up pledges from Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy standout Bruno Fernando and four-star wing Darryl Morsell.

With Damonte Dodd graduating in the spring, Maryland was focused on finding some size to replace him. Fernando fits that mold.

Ranked as the No. 57 overall recruit, Fernando stands 6-foot-10, is a good rebounder and has improving skill on the offensive end of the floor. Since arriving in the U.S. from Angola, Fernando has made impressive strides to game and seemingly gets more confident on both ends of the court every time out.

On November 2nd, the Terps picked up good news from Morsell, a local standout at Baltimore (Md.) Mount Saint Joseph.

Morsell, one of the breakout stars of July, picked Maryland over the likes of Notre Dame, Dayton, Villanova and a host of others. Although the Terps had to fight to keep him home, it was a big win.

At 6-foot-4, 190-pounds, Morsell is an athletic, versatile wing prospect. Morsell has a quick first step, good leaping ability and has impressive potential as a perimeter defender. Morsell is an equipped scorer, but also a talented playmaker when he has the ball in his hands.

Maryland opens the signing period ranked as the No. 15 recruiting class in the country.

What went wrong?

Although the Terps will sign a pair of very good prospects, and they recovered quite well, they did miss on their fair share of recruits this cycle. Among the players the Terps were involved with but went different directions were Kris Wilkes, Billy Preston, Malik Williams, Brandon Randolph, Chaundee Brown and Nate Watson.

What’s left?

With two in the fold, Maryland now turns their attention to adding one more post player. Turgeon and his staff have been heavily pursuing Ike Obiagu, one of the nation's top shot blockers.  Not only has Obiagu visited Maryland, but also Baylor, Florida State, Long Beach State and Georgia Tech. Obiagu told Scout that he wouldn't be signing during the early period.

Another player that Maryland is looking at closely is Sandro Mamukelashvili, of Monteverde Academy. Mamukelashvili, a 6-foot-9 forward, came to the United States in the summer and has a wide variety of interest.

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