Welcome to our next edition of Inside the Shell, the weekly Maryland football recruiting roundup.
Terps Mining Pennsylvania
Maryland was able to pull three recruits from Pennsylvania last year, and the Terps are positioning themselves to make a run at a few more in the 2015 class. While many of the elite Keystone State recruits have already been gobbled up by Penn State or have their sites set elsewhere, there are some emerging talents who have caught the eye of regional programs.
A few names that figure to intrigue area Terps recruiter John Dunn and Co. include Coatesville (Pa.) tight end/outside linebacker Amir Ealey, Central Bucks South (Warrington, Pa.) running back Josh Adams, Malvern Prep (Malvern, Pa.) quarterback Alex Hornibrook, Seneca Valley (Harmony, Pa.) tackle Tyler Hudanick, receiver Freddie Simmons (Bethlehem Catholic/Bethlehem, Pa.) and Hempfield (Landisville, Pa.) lineman Tony Pilato, who just added a UMD offer. This is in addition to longtime target Jazzee Stocker (Coatesville, Pa.), who still has the Terps under consideration.
Pilato received his Maryland offer on the second day of the May evaluation period and now holds verbals from the likes of UMD, Syracuse, UVA, Pittsburgh and Akron. He said he "didn't see [the Terps] offer coming," but admitted he was intrigued enough by Maryland's direction, as well as coach and Pennsylvania native Randy Edsall's message, to visit College Park this summer.
We'll know more about Pilato's true interest in the school in the next few months. For now he's still processing his new offers and all the coaches coming through, and claims no early leaders.
You can read what he had to say HERE.
Another prospect who could eventually land a UMD scholarship is the athlete Ealey, a South Carolina native who is heading into his second season at Coatesville. Of course, the Terps are quite familiar with the Pennsylvania program, having signed Tyler Burke last year and jumping on Stocker early this year. Ealey, meanwhile, said he has been in touch with Dunn since the winter and could get his offer after performing at a Terps' one-day camp.
The 6-foot-4, 230 pounder holds verbals from UVA, Temple, UConn, Rutgers, Syracuse, ODU and Cincinnati and told me the Cavaliers have caught his eye early. However, he also admitted it's early in the game and he'll wait to see what other schools pull the trigger before making any kind of decision.
Ealey has already visited Charlottesville, in addition to Maryland, Rutgers, UConn and Temple and is planning to see Syracuse before hitting the camp trail. UMD could get more involved soon after that, and while Ealey said the Terps might be recruiting him for defense, it might make more sense to give him a look at tight end considering UMD's need at that position.
You can read what he had to say HERE.
One of the more fascinating recruits up north is Josh Adams, a four-star running back. A talented dynamo with game-changing speed, Adams held early offers from Notre Dame, Stanford, Penn State, Boston College, Pittsburgh, Rutgers and Temple, among others, but we're not so sure PSU, UND and the Cardinal will take him right now.
Adams is coming off a torn ACL, which may scare some programs off, but if you're the Terps this guy is probably worth taking a chance on. I'd expect them to get involved at some point and give Adams a long look this spring. Right now, though, Pittsburgh could be in a favorable position considering his sister went there and he's been in contact with the staff for a good while.
The offensive lineman Hudanick, meanwhile, is flying under the radar thus far with offers only from ODU and Toledo. But plenty of FCS schools will be streaming through Seneca Valley this spring, and I'd expect Maryland to be in as well. Hudanick stands 6-5, 285 pounds and would seem to fit the profile of that big, fairly athletic Pennsylvania stock Edsall seems to love. It's possible Hudanick or a guy like him could be this year's David Shaw or Brett Kulka.
Receiver Freddie Simmons was hoping to land a Terps offer when he visited College Park April 11, but apparently the staff wants to see him in camp first. Even so, he had a good time during his second trip to UMD and said he'd definitely consider Maryland should it extend a scholarship. Currently, though, he has firm offers from the likes of Rutgers, Purdue, Wake Forest and a couple others (I'm not buying California), and if UMD doesn't make a strong push this spring he could end up a Boilermaker or Scarlet Knight. Simmons said he would entertain camping at UMD, though that's not set in stone yet.
Then there's the quarterback Hornibrook, who plays at another familiar program in Malvern Prep. A 6-4, 200 pounder, Hornibrook has the measurables, but so far he only claims one offer from Akron. However, Hornibrook impressed in the combine circuit this spring, drawing interest from Rutgers, Pitt, Kentucky, Tennessee and Maryland, among others.
Recall, the Terps are attempting to snag two triggermen in this year's class, and Hornibrook may not be a bad second option if he impresses at a camp and shows solid senior film. He's a name worth monitoring this spring and into next fall.
As for Maryland's No. 1 remaining Pennsylvania target (no, cornerback John Reid is not a realistic option), Stocker is still planning out a return trip to College Park at some point this spring. He just added offers from Cincinnati and Boston College and claims a double-digit scholarship list, but said he's as wide open as ever in terms of leaders. Our guess is he doesn't venture too far from home, though it's way too early to gauge whether or not he'll have the Terps among his final suitors.
Conyers Added to 2014 Class
Maryland scored a significant junior college commitment last Saturday when Butte CC (Oroville, Calif.) corner Denzel Conyers pledged to the Terps while in College Park. The Florida native, who has four years to play three seasons, signed his letter of intent and is set to enroll this summer.
The Terps were the only school to extend a firm offer, but his coach said there were numerous Pac-12 programs that would have jumped on him this spring. Maryland and JUCO recruiter Brian Stewart did well to get him out to campus and show him plenty of love, convincing Conyers to commit before he returned to California.
Conyers is an imposing presence at 6-3, 200 pounds and boasts plenty of physicality and length, which should help against those tall Big Ten receivers. He doesn't have elite makeup speed, but possesses a nose for the football, breaks well and isn't afraid to challenge receivers at the line.
I'd expect Conyers to be used in sub-packages this season as the Terps seem to have three solid starting corners in J.J. Johnson, Will Likely and an emerging Alvin Hill. Conyers could potentially redshirt, but more than likely UMD will bring him in when their opponents feature an equally imposing receiver or bring in an extra tight end.
You can read what Conyers had to say HERE. And you can read his coach's take HERE.
Breaking Down the Spring Game Visitors
I was able to get reactions from many recruits who attended Maryland's spring game April 11, and two others who stayed overnight in College Park. Here's the gist of what each had to say about UMD (you can view the article HERE).
Mbi Tanyi, DT, Bush (Dallas, Texas): Tanyi, who has held a Terps offer for months now (in addition to one other from LA Tech), was finally able to visit College Park, which was his first time leaving the Lone Star State. He indicated he thought about committing after seeing the school and talking to the coaches, but refrained from doing so.
Even so, Tanyi is riding high on UMD right now, and suggested he would be pledging to Maryland at the end of the spring evaluation period -- if not sooner. His UMD recruiter, Keenan McCardell, is currently in Texas meeting with Tanyi's coach, and it wouldn't totally surprise us if he sealed the deal with the Bush defensive lineman in short order.
Ellis McKennie, OL, McDonogh (Owings Mills, Md.): Like Tanyi, a commitment could be imminent. The local guard recruit does hold an offer from Rutgers and wants to give the Scarlet Knights a look, as well as Virginia Tech, but we think Terps recruiter Keith Dudzinski and Co. eventually get this done. McKennie has much love for College Park, line coach Greg Studrawa and head coach Randy Edsall. He has been on campus three times in the last month or so and has raved about UMD following each one.
Wyatt Cook, LB, McDonogh: Cook prefers to stay more reserved in his comments, but he may be just as high on the Terps as his teammate McKennie. The McDonogh MIKE was seeking an offer from Penn State, but he's not likely to get it. Maryland and UVA are his two best options at the moment, and of the two we'll give the Terps an edge. Cook is in no rush to commit, but he likes the idea of representing the hometown school and has a very good rapport with Dudzinski as well.
Ashton White, CB, Bishop McNamara (Forestville, Md.): We've spoken to White several times in the last couple weeks, and each time he's given Terps' fans plenty of hope. The McNamara product has been on campus more times than he can count, loves the coaching staff, believes he fits well into Brian Stewart's defense, and has former teammate and current Terps' signee Damian Prince in his ear. On top of that, White has been talking up Maryland to other recruits, and his parents like UMD as well, the latter a factor that can't be discounted.
Now, could Ohio State make a charge if it decides it wants White? That's a possibility, but currently we likes Maryland's position with the four-star.
Isaiah Prince, OT, Roosevelt (Greenbelt, Md.): The key local recruit remaining in this year's class, UMD is in solid shape early on with the Prince George's County product. Isaiah Prince kind of reminds me of last year's Prince – a kid who is going to have his pick of schools but values his family above all else. Prince has a top four of Florida, Auburn, UMD and Penn State, but said the Terps have the edge at the moment. He has Terps assistant Mike Locksley on him, has been to College Park several times now and feels comfortable around the program.
Prince did suggest he could change his views once he sees UF, Auburn and others, however, so he's not going to be an easy pull. Much like Damian Prince, expect him to drag out his recruitment until next winter when he has a chance to take official visits and procure even more scholarships. But, in the end, the hometown allure might be too much to deny.
Jalen Christian, WR, Damascus (Md.): Christian arrived late and left early April 11 due to track obligations, so the spring game didn't really leave much of an impression on him. He did say he's starting to narrow down his initial top 11 list, and there are a few schools that have started to separate themselves. Christian wouldn't go on record which ones those were, but reading between the lines it looks like Kentucky, Tennessee, Duke, South Carolina and Maryland will make his next round of cuts.
He plans to take a southern visit swing this summer, so we'll learn more after that. For now, though, Christian has the Terps right in the thick of things. (A more in-depth article can be found HERE.)
Ayron Monroe, S, St. John's (Washington, D.C.): Monroe was fairly mum following his most recent trip to College Park, mentioning only that it was "good to see" his brother Andre Monroe in action again during the spring game. When asked where Maryland stood with him at the moment, Monroe did not offer up a response, which is a bit worrisome to UMD aficionados.
For a few weeks now, ever since he visited State College, Pa., Penn State seems to be trending for Monroe. The St. John's safety is typically guarded in his comments, but there's no doubt James Franklin and the Nittany Lions have left an indelible mark. The Terps have some work to do to turn this one around.
Aaron Crawford, DT, Stone Bridge (Ashburn, Va.): Crawford said the Terps are under "good consideration" following his initial visit to College Park. And it had to be encouraging for Terps fans when the big defensive tackle said he planned on returning for a personal visit later this spring or summer. But Crawford, who holds offers from UNC, UVA, Virginia Tech, Wake and Duke, has other prime suitors and should pick up even more this spring. The Tar Heels are considered an early favorite, and the in-state programs hold an allure as well.
A.J. Turner, RB, Centreville (Clifton, Va.): Turner ended up leaving the spring game early due to the rain and sounded a bit less enthused about Maryland than after his previous visit. Even so, he insists Maryland is still on his radar considering the staff wants him there; he could make an early contribution; and Randy Edsall's academics-first message. But Turner also has South Carolina, Virginia and Virginia Tech firmly in play; he visited Charlottesville a day after taking in College Park and had plenty of praise for the Cavaliers.
Rashad Blunt, WR, Creekside (Jacksonville, Fla.): Blunt was perhaps the most intriguing visitor who didn't have a Terps offer. Blunt said Keenan McCardell will be checking him out this spring and he could secure a UMD scholarship after that, or perhaps when he sends senior film early next fall. He already has several FCS suitors, but said the Terps are his No. 1 suitor should they offer. Monitor the situation.
Kareem McDonald, LB, Wilson (Washington, D.C.): He holds the one offer from Toledo and took a visit to ECU following UMD. I'm not expecting a big Terps push at the moment, though he loves Maryland immensely.
Justin Skule, OL, Centreville (Clifton, Va.): He's a big body, but said UMD wasn't really recruiting him that hard. He sounded like he would soon commit to UVA, his only offer to date, at some point this offseason.
Dominic Moore, LB, Briar Woods (Ashburn, Va.): He loves the Terps early and has been in contact with recruiter Lyndon Johnson. But Moore has to impress at camp to get an offer, so we'll see what happens after that.
Qaadir Sheppard, DE/OLB, Iona Prep (New Rochelle, N.Y.): Sheppard holds offers from Rutgers, Syracuse and BC but may have to camp at UMD to pull a Terps verbal. He did have solid praise for Maryland, but I'm not sure he returns to College Park as Sheppard suggested he was content with the three suitors who have already offered. BC, RU and Syracuse are his top three and he'll likely end up at one of those programs unless UMD pulls the trigger in short order.
Kobe Marfo, CB, Hayfield (Alexandria, Va.): Marfo said Maryland has shown increased interest and will be visiting his school soon, but he'll have to camp in order to secure a scholarship. He has high interest in the Terps, however, so if UMD offers down the road it could be in position to land him.
Kesean Strong, RB, Potomac (Oxon Hill, Md.): Strong has visited Maryland multiple times and has made no secret he loves the school. But I'm not so sure the interest is reciprocal since he mentioned the Terps haven't been in touch much recently. Strong will need a stellar one-day camp to jump back onto UMD's radar.
Michael Caggiano, K, Manalapan (N.J.) Caggiano has visited College Park three times now and plans to camp again this summer. He'd love the opportunity to kick for the Terps, but I'm not sure he'll earn a full ride right away. Unless he displays one heck of a leg at camp, I wouldn't count on Caggiano earning an offer, though perhaps he'd consider walking on if no other FCS programs verbal (Rutgers might pull the trigger).
The Overnight Visitors: Camper and Edmunds
I'll make a separate category for the two Virginia recruits who chose to stay overnight last weekend. Cox (Virginia Beach, Va.) tackle Blake Camper was back on campus for a third time April 11-12, while legacy recruit Tremaine Edmunds (Dan River/Ringgold, Va.) got his first look at College Park.
Of all the Virginia Beach recruits Maryland has pursued (and subsequently struck out on) over the years, Camper might just be the guy to end the drought. Each time he's been on campus he's come away more impressed with Edsall, Studrawa, Maryland's academics and the school in general. During this most recent stay, he had a chance to hang with current Terps' lineman Mike Dunn and several others who gave him the lowdown on Maryland. Camper came away saying how comfortable he felt around the guys and on campus.
Meanwhile, his mother and father, who joined him on the trip, have both warmed up to Edsall and love Maryland's academics. Camper is extremely close to his family, and it's important that both his parents have given UMD a thumbs up.
At the same time, Camper insists he has no leaders and is still processing the recruiting game. Virginia is another program in solid position for him, and he has visited Charlottesville multiple times as well. And if Duke, his father's alma mater, jumps into the game the Blue Devils could very easily work to the top of Camper's list. Wisconsin, which Camper recently trekked to, may also get a long look should the Badgers pursue.
You can read what Camper had to say HERE.
As for the outside linebacker Edmunds, the son of former Terps' tight end Ferrell Edmunds, Maryland made up significant ground for his services. Edmunds thoroughly enjoyed meeting the staff and sitting in on defensive meetings. He connected with the players, felt defensive coordinator Brian Stewart had plenty to offer him, and liked the scheme in general.
Like Camper, Edmunds' parents enjoyed their stay in College Park. Both Ferrell Edmunds and his wife chatted up Edsall about UMD's academics and his plan for their son, and Tremaine Edmunds said each gave their approval.
So, what does all that mean? Well, most likely Maryland is in the game, but it's not necessarily going to be Edmunds' landing spot. Recall, both his brothers attended Virginia Tech, and we still think it's an upset if Tremaine Edmunds doesn't head to Blacksburg as well. North Carolina has also caught his eye and will be given strong consideration.
You can read what Edmunds had to say HERE.
Keeping Tabs on D-Line Recruits
I offered up my Mbi Tanyi, Aaron Crawford and Qaadir Sheppard analysis above, but they weren't the only Terps' defensive line targets who generated news last week.
Austrian Robinson, DE, Trinity-Pawling (Pawling, N.Y.): Robinson now holds offers from Boston College, ODU, Rutgers, Wake Forest, Temple and Syracuse after UMD extended the initial verbal a could months ago. The big New York defensive end has since visited the likes of Rutgers and BC, but said he wants to visit Maryland "more than any other school" on his current offer list.
Robinson has been in close contact with UMD recruiter Lyndon Johnson and is trying to schedule a trip to College Park at some point later this spring or in the summer. If he does indeed make it down to Maryland, the Terps could very well become one of his top two or three suitors.
You can read what Robinson had to say HERE.
Neville Gallimore, DE, Canada Prep (Ontario, Canada): The Canadian defensive end didn't add any new offers last week, but he did make a comment that should give Terps' fans some hope. Gallimore -- who now holds offers from UMD (first offer), UCLA, USF, Wake Forest, Eastern Michigan, Nevada, Rice, Mississippi State, TCU, California, Pitt, Minnesota and Wisconsin -- said he "definitely" wants to see Maryland, RU, Pitt, Syracuse and Eastern Michigan. He's remained in close contact with UMD recruiter Keith Dudzinski and is currently in the process of setting a visit schedule this summer.
Ulric Jones, DL, Butler C.C. (Butler County, Kans.): The JUCO defensive line recruit might be SEC bound before it's all said and done, but for the time being the Terps are in play. He said recently he "has real heavy interest in Maryland and Mississippi State" and plans to visit College Park this summer or during the fall. Moreover, Terps assistant Chad Wilt was in Kansas during the evaluation period to check on Jones, so Maryland is making a concerted effort here.
But before we make any definitive statements, let's see if Jones actually makes it to campus. Recall, he told me a little while back Alabama and other SEC schools would likely offer, and if so he'd probably sign with one of those powers. We'll have to see how that situation shakes out first.
Adam McLean, DL, Quince Orchard (Gaithersburg, Md.): McLean committed to Penn State last weekend while on his visit to State College. The James Franklin pizzazz and PSU tradition evidently kept the local D-line four-star from taking his talents to Michigan State, another prime contender. Maryland faded from consideration a good while ago and was not in his top five.
Darius Fullwood, DE, Good Counsel (Olney, Md.): Fullwood doesn't hold a Maryland offer yet, and at this point we're about to write him off. The Good Counsel edge rusher will likely make a summer decision, choosing between the likes of Virginia Tech, Ohio State, Kentucky, Penn State, Georgia Tech, Miami and Michigan State. He's visiting Georgia Tech this week and will take in ‘Bama next weekend. Ohio State looks to be in a good position for his services, as do the Hokies and possibly Kentucky or Michigan State.
Quincy Vasser, DE, Navarro College (Corsicana, Texas): This JUCO defensive end from New York held an early Terps offer but wasn't overly interested in visiting College Park. He told me this week he landed a Georgia verbal and committed practically on the spot. Moving on…
Christian Wilkins, DT, Suffield Academy (Suffield, Conn.): Wilkins, who has over 20 offers, has taken a slew of visits this offseason (UVA, Clemson, Duke, UNC, BC, Stanford, Ohio State, UMD) and did make his way over to Maryland recently. But while the Connecticut plugger has yet to narrow down his offer list, I've talked to folks close to him and the feeling is UMD isn't really in play. Stanford, Notre Dame, Penn State or one of the SEC powers are the main contenders at the moment.
Jon Bateky, DE/OLB, Poolesville (Md.): Bateky said UMD is recruiting him as an outside linebacker, but we'll include him on this list just for the heck of it. He's a new name I broke out earlier this week and already holds early offers from Rutgers, WVU, Western Michigan and Old Dominion.
Bateky has been in touch with the Terps, however, and attended a junior day last month. If Maryland makes a push -- he'll likely have to attend a one-day camp -- it could be in strong position for the local edge rusher. Bateky doesn't have high Terps interest at the moment but indicated he'd give them a longer look should they make a push. If Maryland refrains from pursuing, expect Bateky to end up at RU, WVU or maybe an Ivy League school.
Kareem Ali Still High on Terps
Timber Creek (Sicklerville, N.J.) cornerback Kareem Ali twice postponed his College Park trips last week, first opting out of the April 11 spring game and then again three days later for a proposed personal visit. But while many may take that as a snub, I'm led to believe it was just circumstantial. Ali is still planning to trek to UMD shortly, perhaps as soon as April 21.
Right now, the Jersey corner has the Terps under heavy consideration given his relationship with the staff and the chance to make an early contribution in Brian Stewart's defense. Ali has been a bit unpredictable this offseason, claiming a few different leaders and decision dates, but he seems genuinely interested in attending school in College Park. I've heard the smart money is on Maryland, and he could commit to the Terps before the offseason is over.
Ali did recently announce he has Michigan State, North Carolina, Florida and West Virginia under consideration as well. But I'm not sure the Gators' offer is truly committable, and Michigan State might not be ready to accept a pledge either. North Carolina was thought to be a prime suitor, and the Heels could be Maryland's biggest threat for Ali, though I'm told UMD holds an edge.
The Latest on Kai
Gilman (Baltimore, Md.) quarterback Kai Locksley visited Auburn and Florida State recently, and was impressed enough by both to call the Noles and Eagles his early leaders. But apparently Locksley's definition of "leader" is rather fluid and not meant to be taken at face value.
While the Gilman gunslinger does like AU and FSU a good amount and could eventually end up at either, he admitted there are plenty of other programs, including hometown Maryland, in play. (Expect Oregon, which just offered and Locksley is set to visit April 18, to get a hard look.) In fact, when I talked to him, he kind of laughed at the fans who panicked when he suggested Auburn and Florida State were standing above the rest.
Locksley is currently enjoying the recruiting process and checking out some of college football's royalty. He is not close to making a decision and will likely drag the process out into next winter, causing many a program's fans much angst along the way.
Regardless, expect Maryland to be involved until the end. Locksley, who was last in College Park for last month's junior day, should be back on campus again this summer and for games this fall. He has the hometown school and his father's employer under heavy consideration, and it would not be a surprise if he picked UMD in the end -- although that's far from a lock at this point.
More O-Line News
Besides the new offer out to Tony Pilato and the above comments on Blake Camper, Isaiah Prince, Ellis McKennie and Tyler Hudanick, there were other UMD offensive line targets who had recruiting updates last week.
First and foremost, there was St. Joseph (Montvale, N.J.) center Tommy Hatton, who picked up a potentially game-changing offer from South Carolina. Hatton visited Maryland for an overnight stay a couple weeks back, and afterwards we felt the Terps may have been the team to beat, along with North Carolina (should it have offered). The rugged center has a great rapport with Keith Dudzinski, loves being around the team and enjoys being in College Park.
But Hatton has also gone on record as saying he'd love to play at a school like UNC or South Carolina, and now the Gamecocks are giving him that chance. He called their recent verbal "overwhelming," and the fact that it's his first SEC offer really hit home. Hatton plans to stay overnight at USC -- followed by UNC -- in short order and then make his college decision by July 4.
Hatton basically called South Carolina and Maryland his top two suitors, and it's likely he'll choose between the two. I'm not writing the Terps off here, but the fact the Gamecocks' visit will be freshest in his mind bodes well for USC. We'll see if UMD, which has been in touch longer and pursued Hatton harder, can stem the tide.
I'm not scratching Hatton, but I did just remove two other O-linemen from the hot board. Roanoke (Northside, Va.) guard Chance Hall just picked up a Tennessee offer and is basically a lock to play his college ball somewhere in the South. Based on recent comments I could see him at Virginia Tech, or possibly North Carolina or Virginia. More SEC programs may get involved as well. Either way, he's likely not bound for College Park.
Out in Indiana, I finally had to remove Terps offeree Brandon Knight (Noblesville, Ind.). Knight recently visited Miami, which extended a scholarship, and left raving about the Hurricanes. He also has Midwest programs like Illinois, Indiana, Purdue and Cincinnati under consideration, and is hearing from Michigan State and Wisconsin. Knight gave no indication he intended to visit College Park.
More Hot Board Scratches
Marcus Lewis, CB, Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.): The four-star Zaga corner popped to Florida April 17, which was considered the favorite for a few weeks now. We figured he might wait until transferring to IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., before committing, but apparently he didn't feel the need to prolong the inevitable. Lewis, who had UMD under good consideration up until March, chose the Gators over FSU, Ohio State and Miami. Maryland may haven been fifth in the running but was not under serious consideration recently.
D'Vonta Hinton, LB, Texas City (Texas): Hinton committed to longtime favorite Texas Tech last week. Maryland offered in February and Hinton suggested he'd be checking out College Park, but the talented backer never made the trip north.
Chris Cunningham, TE, Atlantic Coast (Jacksonville, Fla.): Cunningham held a Maryland offer and, like Hinton, said he'd like to see College Park at some point. But Cunningham has given no indication he'll make that trip. In a recent interview he said he'll hit Virginia Tech April 25 before heading out to Louisville, UNC and Wake Forest. Then, in the summer, he might take a Midwest swing to see Purdue and Cincinnati. Again, no mention of UMD.
Quadree Henderson, WR, Alexis I. Dupont (Wilmington, Del.): Maryland never offered the talented Delaware wideout, and from the looks of things Henderson won't be going to a College Park camp to earn one. He holds firm verbals from Rutgers, WVU and Nebraska, among others, while Nebraska could be on the verge. Currently, Henderson seems focused on those four schools and could wind up at one of them.
Chris Garrison, TE, Lawrence Academy (Groton, Mass.): The H-back/tight end holds offers from Boston College, UConn, UMass and Syracuse, while Iowa, Duke, Wake Forest and Vanderbilt are close to pulling the trigger. Garrison expressed some interest in checking out the Terps and perhaps camping at UMD, but most recently he said his focus was on the Hawkeyes, Blue Devils, Commodores, Eagles and Deacons. BC is currently considered the favorite.
Myles Hartsfield, CB, Sayreville War Memorial (Parlin, N.J.): Hartsfield is a talented player, but academic issues may have kept the Terps from offering. He holds verbals from Rutgers, Pitt, Syracuse, Wake, Temple, WVU, Georgia Tech and Cincinnati (Penn State offered but it's probably not committable), and hometown RU may lead for his services.
Dontae Strickland, RB, South Brunswick (Monmouth Junction, N.J.): Like Hartsfield, Strickland may wind up at Rutgers if the Scarlet Knights play their cards right. Strickland had some Maryland interest, but the Terps never offered and don't figure to at this point. He is considering Georgia Tech, Indiana, Syracuse, ODU, Temple, Wake, UVA and WVU, in addition to RU.
Top Terps target Darnell Savage (Caravel/Bear, Del.) recently chimed in that he still has Maryland as a prime suitor. Savage was unable to attend UMD's spring game, but he'll be back on campus at some point this summer.
Savage is also looking at Temple, another school that has offered, and Rutgers, which could verbal this spring. At this point, we'll maintain our position that Maryland is the team to beat. He keeps harping on the fact the Terps were "with me since Day One" and have "stuck with me 100 percent" despite suffering a broken femur last year.
Savage will likely wait until the fall to commit, however, as he wants to prove that he's healthy and can play at a high level. But we think he'll eventually end up with the Terps unless UMD backs off down the road.
You can read what Savage had to say HERE.
More News & Notes
-- The Terps could be close to offering Coffeyville (Kans.) junior college cornerback Wesley Bailey. UMD assistant Chad Wilt visited Coffeyville during the spring evaluation period and has the JUCO corner highly interested in checking out College Park. Bailey holds early verbals from North Texas and Idaho but said interested teams like Maryland and California have caught his eye.
-- Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.) cornerback Sam Morrison said he'll likely make his college selection in the next month or two. He holds offers from Boston College, Temple and Rutgers, while the Terps have shown lukewarm interest. Unless Maryland makes a charge in the next couple weeks, Morrison will probably choose one of the aforementioned three programs and end the recruiting process.
-- The Terps offered a 2016 receiver out of Texas April 16, Courtney Lark (Bellaire, Texas). Lark also holds verbals from Texas Tech and SMU and will undoubtedly blow up nationally, so Keenan McCardell and Co. did well to get in there early with the emerging wideout.
-- A primetime 2016 defensive end is emerging at Bishop McNamara. Olowule Betiku claimed an early Maryland offer, though that's not firm yet. Even so, UMD is highly interested in the talented but raw Nigerian recruit, who already has high Maryland interest given the presence of friend and Terps signee Nnamdi Egbuaba.
Drew Wiley, LB, Hopewell Central Valley (Pennington, N.J.): The Terps stopped in to check out this Jersey backer who to this point holds no offers. He's likely a camp kid who UMD could take a closer look at down the line.
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