Welcome to our next edition of Inside the Shell, the weekly Maryland football recruiting roundup.
The Washington, D.C., NFTC Breakdown (2015 Recruits)
The entire area Scout team (myself, Rachel Klein, Mike Clark, Brian Dohn, Jacquie Franciulli) hit the NFTC combine in Clifton, Va., hard April 26, and as you can see, the stories are still flowing through from the massive event. There were numerous Terps targets from the D.C.-Virginia corridor in attendance, and one of the team was able to get the latest and greatest with pretty much every viable prospect there. Here's the brief rundown of the Maryland targets/potential targets:
Juwuan Briscoe, CB, Thomas Stone (Waldorf, Md.): Briscoe has had several updates since I interviewed him at the combine April 26. Three days after NFTC, the rising star added offers from Clemson, Maryland and N.C. State, giving him a list that includes Rutgers, Toledo, ODU, UNC Charlotte, UMD, CU and State. West Virginia just came in May 1.
Briscoe, who ran a 4.4 40-yard dash at Nike, has already visited Rutgers and has the Scarlet Knights under consideration. He plans to return to Piscataway, N.J., with his mother this offseason. But while RU is in the game, two of his most recent verbals seem to have caught his eye early. The hometown school, Maryland, is scheduled to get a visit May 5, which will be Briscoe's first time seeing the football facilities and meeting the coaches in College Park, Md. Briscoe said what stands out about UMD most right now is mainly the Big Ten shift, as he doesn't know much about the school yet.
Clemson, however, has caught his eye early. He called the Tigers' offer a "dream," and is eager to visit Death Valley in May. Of the verbals on the table so far, Briscoe seemed most infatuated with Clemson. And if CU holds the scholarship (certainly not a lock considering the Tigers hand out offers like they're Halloween candy), Briscoe could wind up there.
N.C. State and WVU also will get looks, but I don't see him heading to Raleigh, N.C., or Morgantown, W.Va., for college at this time.
Briscoe said he wants to wait until after the season before committing. Right now he's enjoying racking up offers and getting this new attention. Ohio State, WVU, Michigan State, Iowa and South Carolina are all monitoring him. (INTERVIEW.)
Keiron Howard, DT, Potomac (Oxon Hill, Md.): This 6-foot-3, 280-pound local had been sitting on offers from Tennessee, Temple, ODU, Buffalo and Hampton for months. But during the spring period the local school, Maryland, pulled the trigger, in addition to Marshall. The feeling here is that UMD has a solid shot at landing Howard given the fact that he doesn't strike me as the type who wants to travel too far from home. Plus he has Terps assistant Mike Locksley on him, and that's never a bad thing in the recruiting game.
However, Tennessee, if it still wants him, still should be considered the favorite (he's been rumored to be committing there for a couple months now), but the Terps will have a shot to make a strong push. Howard is scheduled to visit College Park May 5, and we're inclined to believe UMD might be able to swing things in its favor.
Of course, Howard probably won't commit while on campus. His coach, Ron Crump, isn't likely to let that happen. The Potomac defensive tackle is set to see numerous schools this summer, including a return to UT, so don't expect a pop until after he and his teammates are off the road. (INTERVIEW).
DeShawn McClease, RB, Oscar Smith (Chesapeake, Va.): McClease generated some buzz when he name a "top three" of Maryland, Virginia Tech and North Carolina, but it was fairly obvious that list is subject to change. McClease has no plans to commit until after the season, and he acknowledged other schools could work into the mix once they offer. Ohio State, Michigan State and others are some of the schools he's looking for scholarships from.
At this point, if things stay status quo, Virginia Tech looks like the favorite, with UNC running second. But one factor that could be working for Maryland is both the Hokies and Heels have plenty of running back depth. The Terps? They could use a stud backfield burner immediately -- and McClease knows it.
McClease is still in the process of scheduling visits and wants to see all three of his top suitors this spring/summer (he's visited Tech multiple times and has not seen UMD or UNC yet). He doe like UMD's message to him and thinks it's exciting the Terps are heading to the Big Ten, but he needs to see College Park in order to have an informed opinion about the school. (INTERVIEW).
A.J. Turner, RB, Centreville (Clifton, Va.): Turner's recruiting had a meteoric rise once college recruiters took a gander at him this spring. In the last week he's added verbals from Ohio State, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Clemson, UConn, ECU, Marshall and Minnesota, to go along with previous held scholarships from Boston College, Duke, Maryland, ODU, South Carolina, Pittsburgh, Virginia and Virginia Tech.
Recall, Turner had the Terps under solid consideration following two visits to College Park, Md. Now? Maybe not so much. While he insists he has no leaders, Turner admitted programs such as Ohio State and Clemson have caught his eye, and he will visit both this offseason. Nebraska and Wisconsin also figure to get plenty of consideration, while longtime standout South Carolina is in play as well. Turner did not mention Maryland when probed about some of the schools that popped into his head.
Ashton White, CB, Bishop McNamara (Forestville, Md.): White told me his top three suitors are Maryland, Ohio State and Penn State, though PSU hasn't offered yet and we're not positive OSU is legitimate either. Either way, White remains high on the Terps. He loves UMD coordinator Brian Stewart's defense, how Mike Locksley has recruited him and is intrigued by the idea of staying home for college.
White said PSU, which will be monitoring him during the evaluation period ("they'll be offering real soon," White said), has plenty of "swagger" under head coach James Franklin, and loves the idea of Ohio State's tradition as well. But, again, we're just not sure either of those schools are ready to take the McNamara corner.
White, who just received Illinois and Boston College offers, mentioned that he's also been hearing from Michigan State, Clemson and West Virginia, among others. He plans to visit a few more campuses this offseason, and will be back up at Maryland at some point as well. Expect him to make a decision before his senior season. (INTERVIEW).
Kai Locksley, QB, Gilman (Baltimore, Md.): Locksley said all the right things about Maryland and continues to reiterate how the Terps are under heavy consideration. But right now, the savvy Gilman gunslinger may be taking the political approach as it's unlikely he'll publicly eliminate his father's place of employment from consideration.
The vibe on this end is Locksley is concentrating on a few national programs such as Oregon, Texas, Florida State, Ohio State, Ole Miss or Auburn, with Baylor and Virginia Tech in play as well. Locksley also acknowledged that Louisville and Florida, two schools that recently stopped by Gilman, could work into his top 10 too.
Locksley is planning to visit Maryland May 15, however, so we'll see what comes of it. By that point the Terps should know whether or not Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.) quarterback Nick Johns is coming to College Park or heading to Virginia, and that imminent decision will play a key role in how Locksley views Maryland -- and vice versa.
Nick Johns, QB, Gonzaga: Johns remains status quo after our last Shell update. His decision will likely come down to Maryland and Virginia in the next couple weeks, with N.C. State running third. This looks to be a true 50-50 split, though UMD may hold a slight lead given his familiarity with the school and the zone-read offensive system. Johns said Miami, Duke, BC, Va Tech, Clemson, Wake and PSU are still monitoring him and will watch him throw, but as of right now his focus seems to be on the Terps and Wahoos.
Tyler Green, DB, DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.): One of the more interesting comments from Green's end actually had nothing to do with recruiting. He mentioned that a lot of schools are giving him a look at cornerback instead of safety, which is intriguing because he stands 6-3, 190 pounds. If Green is fast enough to hang on the edge, well, that's one imposing cornerback matching up against an opponent's big, physical wideout.
As for the recruiting game, Green added an offer from Indiana and holds verbals from Maryland, N.C. State and IU. The DeMatha defensive back said he'd like to visit the Hoosiers this summer, but I'm not so sure that'll be his college destination. State and UMD have been on him the longest, and he's had the most praise for both.
Green said he's been in touch with UMD receiver Stefon Diggs, while recruiter Mike Locksley has done well here too. The fact that Green is familiar with the school and knows plenty of current Terps helps Maryland's cause.
At the same time, N.C. State's coaches have developed a rapport with Green as well, and former Stag-turned-Wolf Deonte Holden is in his ear about joining him in Raleigh.
Of course, Green should have more options than the aforementioned three. He said WVU could be close to offering, while his personal favorite, Ohio State, is in touch too. Green wants to trek to Columbus, Ohio, next month, and he's hoping the Buckeyes pull through with a scholarship.
Green also would like to visit Alabama, Florida State and WVU this summer. Expect him to return to Maryland as well, since it's nearby and the coaches will undoubtedly invite him over. (INTERVIEW.)
Quarvez Boulware, OG, Friendship Collegiate (Washington, D.C.): Boulware claimed a top five of Maryland, Wake Forest, UNC, FSU and PSU. He said those were the five schools that felt the most "like home" when he visited. Boulware went on to mention how he would like to return to each of those programs and then form a top three off of that. The D.C. guard also just added an offer from Clemson and said the Tigers have caught his attention as well.
Boulware, who is originally from North Carolina, said that's why he is giving UNC a look, while another Carolina school, Wake, has caught his eye due to the coaching staff. The tradition of Penn State and the fact FSU just won a championship are the reasons he has those two stalwarts under consideration.
Maryland, however, remains in a favorable position. Boulware has a rapport with Locksley, has been on campus multiple times and likes the fact that his immediate family is nearby.
Boulware would like to make his decision by early fall instead of waiting until January or February as he previously stated. (INTERVIEW).
Aaron Crawford, DT, Stone Bridge (Ashburn, Va.): Crawford had plenty of Terps praise following his March visit to College Park, but he's always seemed to favor the southern schools. Currently, in-state UVA and Va Tech look to be in good position, with North Carolina right in the game as well. He'll also undoubtedly procure even more options as the spring and summer move along. Minnesota, for example, just offered and numerous ACC and Big Ten programs are on the verge, including Penn State. He wants to make his decision before his senior season.
DeAndre Kelly, OLB/TE, DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.): Kelly, who Maryland may be looking at for tight end, has continued to stay in touch with the Terps. He'll have to prove he can run and catch in camp, however, in order to garner serious attention. Kelly does like the hometown school, and if UMD pulled the trigger it could probably reel him in.
But right now Kelly is still looking for his first verbal. He said Arizona, BC, Toledo, ECU and ODU are in touch. He's visited Zona, Arizona State, ECU and Villanova this spring and will see more campuses -- including a return to UMD for a one-day -- in the summer.
Kesean Strong, RB, Potomac (Oxon Hill, Md.):: Strong now holds offers from Marshall, Toledo and Buffalo, with ODU on the verge. He said Maryland, a school Strong has visited multiple times and has high praise for, remains in touch and could offer following a solid camp performance. At this point, we don't see a huge push coming, but it's conceivable UMD could take a flyer on him if it's in need of another running back or return man.
Strong will visit numerous schools with his team this summer, including UMD, Ohio State, Georgia, PSU, Cincinnati, Tennessee and others.
Ryan Adzima, QB, Wallington (N.J.): Adzima doesn't hold any offers yet, but he said Maryland remains in touch with him. In fact, he said the UMD staff has had more contact than any other FCS program's thus far. He could be another option down the road. We'll see if the Terps act after Adzima camps at UMD this summer.
Patrick Allen, OL, Franklin (Reisterstown, Md.): Allen, who we've kept on the hot board because he still may yet secure a Terps offer following camp this summer, seems to be focused on southern schools. Tennessee, LSU and FSU are in the game, while recent offeree Georgia just entered the picture as well. Auburn, which is monitoring him, could be a game-changer should it pull the trigger. Allen may also give Michigan a look, though he admitted he's more comfortable down South, which is where he's originally from.
Josh Teachey, CB, McDonough (Pomfret, Md.): Teachey holds the one offer from Toledo but several FCS programs have been tracking him. Most notably, the Terps are intrigued and keeping him on the radar, according to the McDonough corner. Teachey has much love for UMD, so if Maryland decides to take a late flyer they could probably land him.
Kareem McDonald, LB, Wilson (Washington, D.C.):: McDonald now holds offers from ODU, Toledo and UNC Charlotte. He continues to ride high on Penn State and Maryland, but we don't think either school is going to make a push. FCS programs like Duke, Boston College and NC State have sniffed around so far, though he may fit best at that MAC or I-AA level.
The Washington, D.C., NFTC Breakdown (2016 Recruits):
I'll briefly touch on some of Maryland's top 2016 targets who were at the combine.
Devante Brooks, TE/DE, St. John's (Washington, D.C.): Brooks had offers from UMD, Va Tech and Illinois, and just picked up NC State, Iowa, Tennessee and Nebraska. Michigan, PSU, Pittsburgh and OSU are in touch as well. Brooks has UMD firmly on the radar as his former teammate, Will Ulmer, a Terps signee, has pushed the school. In addition, he's building a bond with Mike Locksley and always seems eager to visit Maryland. We like the Terps' position early, although some of his most recent offers are grabbing his attention. Virginia Tech is an attractive option for Brooks and his family, while he had praise for Tennessee and Nebraska too. (INTERVIEW).
Rahshaun Smith, OLB, St. Frances (Baltimore, Md.): Smith still has UMD on the radar even though his offer list is now 30-plus and counting. He has a solid relationship with the staff, knows several current Terps and likes being close to home. At the same time, this guy is a national recruit with his eyes on Oklahoma (could be an early leader), Alabama, Notre Dame, Florida and Florida State. He's not going to be an easy pull.
Tino Ellis, WR, DeMatha: This elite speedster holds offers from West Virginia, Maryland, Rutgers, Virginia and Virginia Tech, while Nebraska, Penn State, Notre Dame, Georgia, Wisconsin and others are monitoring him. He does like UMD, Stefon Diggs and his recruiter, Locksley, but there's a long way to go in this one. Expect Ellis to return to College Park this summer, as well as numerous other campuses such as PSU, Georgia and the Florida programs.
Shane Simmons, DE, DeMatha: The top in-state 2016 recruit now holds offers from Miami, Wisconsin, WVU, Wake Forest, Arizona State, Cincinnati, Florida State, Maryland, Nebraska, North Carolina, Rutgers, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and UVA. It's way too soon to name any leaders, but FSU may have caught his eye at this stage. Simmons will be visiting schools throughout the South this summer, including Texas. He is considering the local program, however, and should return to College Park this summer.
Jauan Williams, OT, Archbishop Carroll (Washington, D.C.): Williams recently added FSU, Florida, Temple, Michigan State and Michigan offers to go along with Clemson, UMD, Illinois, Iowa, UNC, OSU, PSU, Tennessee, UCLA, UVA and Va Tech. He has no early favorites, though he's always thought highly of Maryland (his head coach, Rich Houchens, is a Terps backer). Williams has visited Maryland before and this offseason plans to see OSU, UF, PSU and possibly others.
J.P. Urquidez, OL, DeMatha: This rising star, who currently lives in Texas, is set to transfer to DeMatha after the school year. He just added Virginia Tech, Wisconsin and Maryland offers to go along with WVU and Baylor. Urquidez seems to favor the Texas programs and has made no secret he'd love to play in the South. He was thankful the Terps offered, but because he's not from here he doesn't have a connection to the school or know much about the program. We'll see if things change later in the game after he familiarizes himself with UMD.
Richard Merritt, OL, Archbishop Carroll (Washington, D.C.): Merritt, who just transferred to Carroll from Friendship Collegiate (D.C.), just added verbals from Georgia, NC State, Alabama, Temple, Florida and FSU. He also holds scholarships from Maryland, Auburn, Miami, Michigan State, Mississippi State, UNC and WVU. Merritt has the hometown school in mind, but the national programs are garnering much of his attention at this stage of the game. Expect him to visit UNC and WVU shortly, while he'll also return to College Park at some point.
Ellison Jordan, DT, Gilman: Jordan picked up a Georgia Tech offer to go along with Maryland, Va Tech and Michigan State. Penn State could be close to coming through next following his visit to State College, Pa., which he raved about. Jordan is very high on Maryland, however, and he's offered up plenty of positive comments for the Terps. The Gilman plugger has been on campus multiple times and will return to UMD again this offseason.
Dwayne Haskins, QB, Bullis (Potomac, Md.): Haskins saw his recruiting explode last week and now holds offers from Maryland, Mississippi State, Temple, Nebraska, Ohio State, Virginia Tech, Clemson, Florida State, Florida, Rutgers, Utah and SMU. West Virginia, Penn State, Michigan, Notre Dame, UNC and others are all monitoring him closely. OSU looks to have his attention early, but Haskins doesn't want to put any definitive favorites out there just yet. He'll be camping at LSU this summer in hopes of catching the Tigers' eye.
Trevon Diggs, WR, Wootton (Rockville, Md.): The brother of Stefon Diggs picked up Virginia Tech, Georgia and Clemson offers to go along with UMD, Nebraska, UNC, NC State, Penn State and Virginia. Ohio State could be close, and Notre Dame is monitoring him as well. Diggs is planning to visit OSU, PSU, Maryland and others this offseason. Currently, you have to like the Terps' position given his family connection to the school, but Diggs has made it clear his brother won't have a bearing on his decision. He insists he's open to all suitors.
Robert Washington, RB, Southlake Christian Academy (Huntersville, N.C.): Washington added Stanford, Notre Dame, Pitt, Vanderbilt and Nebraska offers to give him 28 total. He and several teammates did visit College Park, Md., for the first time April 26, but he left without a UMD verbal. Washington said he's interested in Maryland, but the Terps may have lost some traction following the offerless UMD trip. (It's never a good sign when the kid doesn't respond to a quick text about how the visit went, and then hits another reporter, whose school did offer, back right away). Washington is looking to visit Stanford, Oklahoma, Michigan, Duke, UNC and NC State this offseason.
Levonta Taylor, CB, Ocean Lakes (Virginia Beach, Va.): Taylor also visited College Park for the first time last week. Like Robert Washington, he's a national recruit with almost 20 offers from all the big-name program. I was told by one of our analysts he's sticking in the South and UVA, the hometown school, is the early favorite.
The New Jersey/New York NFTC Breakdown
Kareem Ali, CB, Timber Creek (Sicklerville, N.J.): This top Terps target claimed a final two of Maryland and Florida ; the other three in the running are UNC, WVU and Louisville. While we thought Ali might be Maryland's to lose, the Jersey corner said UF was "pushing hard." He's setting up a Gainesville visit and wants to get a better gauge for the staff. Things could change, but we think the Gators may lead -- if they truly want him (no guarantee).
Maryland, though, remains firmly in play. The Terps' staff stability with Brian Stewart running the defense and Randy Edsall heading the program stands out to Ali. He also likes the Big Ten shift, while his father is high on the school's academics. Ali still hasn't been to College Park, Md., this offseason, but he is in the process of setting up a visit.
He also would like to take in UNC, WVU and Louisville, in addition to UF, before making a decision at the end of the summer. (INTERVIEW).
Tommy Hatton, OC, St. Joseph's (Montvale, N.J.): Hatton has pretty much narrowed down his options to South Carolina, Boston College and Maryland, with a decision set for July 4. While we think UMD has done a great job here what with Randy Edsall's academic-oriented message, offensive line coach Greg Studrawa's overtures and area recruiter Keith Dudzinkski's all-around recruiting effort, South Carolina may be hitting home. It is his dream school, and he gushed over the staff; the weather; the area; the SEC brand and more.
Hatton plans to return to Columbia, S.C., this summer, and it's conceivable that trip could seal the deal. Maryland still has a shot here, but the sense is he's South Carolina's to lose unless the Terps (and BC for that matter) make a late charge and perhaps get him back on campus again.
D.J. Moore, WR, Imhotep Institute (Philadelphia, Pa.): Maryland has offered Moore, and he is interested in seeing the school (he has a good connection with area recruiter John Dunn and likes what he's heard from Keenan McCardell), but he has no plans of committing before his season is over. He's gaining massive steam on the recruiting trail and will have plenty of options to consider. Northwestern, Illinois and Rutgers all offered recently, and others will follow. Moore is in the process of setting up a full slate of visits. (INTERVIEW).
Jake Pickard, TE, (Millburn, N.J.): Pickard just recently came back in contact with Maryland and said he'll be camping in College Park this summer. He has a rapport with area recruiter Keith Dudzinski and has been staying in touch quite a bit. At the same time, UVA and Boston College are considered the leaders and have been on him the longest. He's visited both and came away highly impressed. Rutgers is also in the picture, and so is Nebraska should it decide to push. Purdue and Penn State have shown lukewarm interest.
Chris Clark, TE, Avon Old Farms (Avon, Conn.): We scratched Chris Clark off the board a little while ago, and it's staying that way. Clark, who decommitted from UNC, is focusing on Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Tennessee and Georgia. He has a UMD offer but hasn't really shown much interest after initially expressing a desire to look deeper into the program.
Austrian Robinson, DE, Trinity-Pawling (Trinity, N.Y.): The main three suitors for this New York lineman seem to be Maryland, Rutgers and Syracuse. He may have the best rapport with those three staffs and told me those are the schools pushing hardest for him. Robinson, who has been in touch with Terps assistant Lyndon Johnson and defensive line coach Chad Wilt, has not visited Maryland yet, but he's eager to trek down and meet the staff. Boston College, Pittsburgh, Purdue and ODU have also offered, and it's conceivable others could get involved as well. Robinson does not plan on committing until after his senior season.
Freddie Simmons, WR, Bethlehem Catholic (Bethlehem, Pa.): Simmons added UConn and UVA offers to go along with Buffalo, California, Purdue, Rutgers, Wake Forest and Western Michigan. The Bethlehem Catholic product, who visited Maryland and came away impressed, said UMD stopped by his school recently and is in touch. He has Terps interest, but until they offer we can't mark Simmons any higher than "cool" on the hot board. Other schools looking at him include Northwestern, WVU, UCLA, Stanford, Oregon and Boise State, among others. WVU and UCLA are of particular intrigue to him at this stage.
Alex Badine, CB, Grand Street Campus (Brooklyn, N.Y.): Badine, who Maryland has checked in on, added his first verbal from UConn. The underrated corner was extremely excited about the Huskies' offer, and it wouldn't surprise me if he eventually ended up there. Rutgers is also in close contact and may pull through with an offer. I'm not sure how hard the Terps will actually push on this one.
Jonathan Forrest, RB, New Rochelle (N.Y.): Forrest has a Monmouth offer and said Syracuse, RU, ODU and BC are coming after him the hardest. The Terps are still in touch, apparently, but he could be a fallback option right now.
Elijah Robinson, WR/CB/QB, Montclair (N.J.): Robinson, recall, visited College Park last week with a bunch of teammates. We thought the Terps might show some more interest following that trip, but it appears UMD is currently lukewarm about him. Robinson didn't give much insight into his visit other than to say he had a good time and was staying in touch with the staff. In-state Rutgers, which has offered, may have his attention, while Nebraska and Michigan State are firmly in play as well.
The Florida Receivers
Maryland assistant Keenan McCardell hit the trail hard last week, and numerous Florida receivers, particularly in the Jacksonville area, claimed UMD offers. Those included David Gardner (Atlantic Coast/Jacksonville, Fla.), Kalif Jackson and (Fletcher/Neptune Beach, Fla.), Chris Barr (Trinity Christian/Jacksonville, Fla.), Christian Philpott (North Florida Christian/Tallahassee, Fla.), in addition to tight end Chris Cunningham (Atlantic Coast). Rashad Blunt (Creekside/Jacksonville, Fla) said McCardell was coming to his school and should be offering very soon, though we'll see if that actually happens.
But of those six, only Cunningham and Philpott have a legitimate Maryland scholarship, according to their coaches. And the emerging tight end Cunningham, while intrigued by UMD, seems to be favoring other programs (recall, we removed him from the hot board several weeks ago). Cunningham has almost 20 verbals and could be leaning towards Virginia Tech following a visit to Blacksburg.
Philpott is also a double-digit offer guy. He's told numerous reporters he's concentrating on SEC programs and would love to secure verbals from LSU, Georgia, Florida and universities of that ilk. It will be difficult for UMD to work into the game on this one, though there is some interest there as Philpott knows he could be "the guy" at UMD.
Jackson, meanwhile, would probably land a Maryland offer should he visit College Park. But the Neptune Beach product has other Southern programs higher on his priority list and is no lock to make that trip north, even though he's expressed some interest.
Barr is a 5-foot-10, 165 pounder with about 10 claimed verbals. I'm not sure how many of those are currently committable, however. Barr has expressed a desire to visit Maryland and considers the Terps one of his top suitors, but we'll see if UMD actually pushes for this one. Maybe if he makes it to College Park the Terps will make a strong run.
Gardner is an interesting case. He holds offers from Cincinnati, UAB and Eastern Michigan, but said once he visits College Park, which he plans to do, the UMD scholarship will be there for him. And if that is indeed the case, Maryland just might land him. Gardner has already researched the Terps thoroughly, has a rapport with McCardell, and thinks he could fit well into the offense. We'll see if he follows through with his summer visit. (ARTICLE).
Last but not least, there's Blunt, who we've written about before. Blunt visited Maryland for a junior day and has been in touch with the coaches for a good while now. He keeps telling me the offer is coming, but so far nothing doing. If the Terps do eventually ante up, they'd have a real good shot at the Sunshine State standout, who has said time and again the UMD scholarship is the one he's been looking for. He currently claims offers from Cincinnati, FAU, FIU, South Alabama and Middle Tennessee State.
More Receiver Notes (and a CB Note)
From the looks of things, the UMD offer that Dorman (Spartanburg, S.C.) wideout J.J. Arcega-Whiteside claimed is committable, according to his coach. I spoke to Arcega-Whiteside and he seems genuinely interested in visiting Maryland sometime this July. The Carolina receiver said he has a very good relationship with area recruiter Andre Powell, is intrigued by the school's academic reputation and wants to meet new wideout coach Keenan McCardell. We'll know more about where he stands following said trip.
Right now, though, Arcega-Whiteside is high on nearby Wake Forest, which is the one FCS school that's been on him the longest. He's very comfortable in Winston Salem, N.C., and the coaches have made it known from the jump they want him.
Arcega-Whiteside also holds offers from Central Florida, Harvard, JMU, Appalachian State and others at the I-AA level. He is receiving interest from Louisville, Michigan State, South Carolina, North Carolina and Clemson. Arcega-Whiteside should be attending numerous camps throughout the South this summer in an attempt to grow his profile before likely making his decision in late July or August. (ARTICLE).
Another receiver whose name just cropped up was Jonathan Giles out of Ft. Bends Elkins (Missouri City, Texas). Giles said Maryland offered him, but, like many of the others, he'll probably have to visit College Park first. He claims verbals from Indiana, Colorado, Fresno and Houston so far, and has expressed an interest in IU since it's in the Big Ten.
Given that, it's not surprising the Terps have caught Giles' eye as well, and he did say he wants to trip north this July. We'll see if he does so, and if UMD subsequently comes through with an offer. After that, all bets are off. Giles mentioned how he'd heard plenty of good things about UMD from McCardell, so the message could hit home following a trip to CP. (INTERVIEW).
A third interesting Southern recruit who said UMD offered, cornerback Domenique Williams, is in the same boat as Giles. If he camps in College Park this summer, it's likely the Terps may pounce, but until then he's in "monitoring mode." Williams is undersized at 5-9, 170, but he's a baller who is quick on his feet and won't back down, according to an area analyst who has seen him play.
Williams has offers from Duke, ODU and Charlotte, with the Blue Devils leading the way, but his profile will surely grow following camp season.
I've been in fairly close contact with Bush (Dallas City/Texas) defensive tackle Mbi Tanyi, and he maintains that he wants to commit in middle to late May (the end of spring at the latest). Tanyi said Maryland is still his No. 1 choice and "it's not even close." He has already visited College Park, Md., and didn't mind the East Coast living at all -- even though he'd never left Texas before. Tanyi has a strong bond with Keenan McCardell, bonded well with the staff while on campus and fit in with the rest of the team.
Tanyi did just add a Houston offer (to go along with LA Tech), however, and he will check out the Cougars May 5. The Texas tackle said the UH verbal doesn't affect his position with Maryland, though admitted a standout visit could alter his thinking some. We'll know more about Tanyi's true status May 6.
More D-Line News
East SHS (West Chester, PA.) defensive end Kevin Murphy, who we mentioned in a previous Shell, visited College Park May 1, which was his second time on campus (he previously trekked to UMD last summer). Murphy has been in touch with John Dunn and indicated an offer could be coming at some point. He already holds verbals from Cincinnati, Connecticut, Middle Tennessee State, Navy and Western Michigan, while regional FCS teams have been keeping tabs as well. At this point he's claiming no real favorites, but a Maryland offer would be particularly enticing due to the school's academics, coaching staff, campus and Big Ten move, he said. Murphy has also visited Boston College, Temple and UConn this spring and will check out several more schools in the summer. Stay tuned. (INTERVIEW ).
Up in Canada, defensive end Neville Gallimore (Canada Prep/St. Catherine's, Ontario) ended his weeklong offer drought by picking up two more from Nebraska and West Virginia. He now claims 16 verbal offers with more bound to come in. Even so, Gallimore, who hasn't taken any visits yet, insists Maryland will get a look. The Terps were the first major program to jump on him, and Gallimore respects that. UMD was also up in Ontario May 1 to get a look at Gallimore and some of his teammates, so we'll see what comes of that.
Terps assistant Chad Wilt was recruiting in Illinois this week, and evidently he stopped in to check out defensive tackle Tristan Nevotne, a 6-3, 280-pound defensive tackle/offensive guard who holds I-AA offers. Maryland, Pitt, Northwestern and a few other Division I schools are keeping tabs. Monitor the situation.
In the Northeast, there are a pair of interesting defensive tackles Maryland is monitoring.
The Peddle School's (Hightstown, N.J.) David Ryslik has been on the radar for awhile, and he told me he was in touch with Terps assistant John Dunn recently. Ryslik is trying to set up a College Park trip, and if he does make it down this time (he missed the last junior day), it's conceivable he could pull a Maryland offer.
The Jersey tackle did just add verbals from Syracuse, UConn, Cincinnati and Yale, to go along with Duke and Temple, so he has options. Ryslik said he's open to anyone that wants him, though, and if UMD pushed it could probably position itself nicely.
Meanwhile, in New York, Terps assistant Lyndon Johnson is taking a look at New Utrecht (Brooklyn, N.Y.) defensive tackle Kadeen Dryden. Word on the street is this cat can really ball, but he's continuing to work to improve in the classroom. He hasn't been on any visits or received any offers yet, mainly because he's been spending his time hitting the books and prepping for the SAT.
There are plenty of programs intrigued so long as Dryden earns the necessary test scores. If UMD continues to track him, Dryden said he'd like to visit College Park after his senior season. He'll have little time to travel this summer or fall due to summer school and other activities.
TT Spring Recruit Tour: Wise
Earlier this week I trekked to Upper Marlboro, Md., to one of my favorite Prince George's County outposts, Dr. Henry A. Wise High, the 2012 class 4A MPSSAA state champs. Wise has one of the largest draw areas in the county and is always teeming with talent. While the Pumas do lose some recruits to private schools, coach DaLawn Parrish and Co. have built up enough of a reputation to convince many top talents to stick with the local public school.
Now, Wise isn't going to produce five or six FCS recruits every year, but there's always a couple who end up hitting it big. This year, their main guy is defensive lineman/tight end Trevor Brown, who we've written about several times.
A 6-foot-5, 280-pounder who looks like Tarzan and hopefully plays like Tarzan (he spent his previous three years on the hardwood), Brown projects as a defensive tackle at the next level. For awhile Brown had aspirations of playing tight end, and he will indeed play that position when Wise is on offense, but his coaches all tell me his future is on defense (which Brown finally acknowledged).
He currently holds offers from Marshall, Hampton, Robert Morris, JMU and Old Dominion, but figures to secure FCS scholarships when teams see him run during camp. Maryland, for its part, is keeping close tabs and could very well offer this summer. If the Terps pull the trigger, expect Brown to give the hometown program plenty of consideration.
The most marketable recruit at Wise, however, is 2016 cornerback Myles Wolfolk, who transferred over from Largo recently. He stands 6-feet-1, 185 pounds and already clocks in with a sub-4.5 40-yard dash. Wolfolk, according to Parrish, is an aggressive, quick-twitch, lockdown defensive back who can take away his side of the field.
He holds initial offers from Illinois, Boston College, UConn and Clemson and has plenty of interest from programs throughout the Big Ten and ACC. Expect Maryland to get involved in short order.
Two other 2016 recruits to watch out for include outside linebacker John Daka, a 6-foot-3, 190-pounder who has already received some FCS attention, and guard Cameron Chambers, a 6-foot-4, 290-pounder who Parrish believes has major potential.
There are a couple other names floating around as well. Due to Wise's reputation, some kids in the area do look to transfer in. I've spoken to a couple top underclassmen who just might end up with the Pumas this summer. Stay tuned.
TT Spring Recruit Tour: St. Frances
I stopped by St. Frances (Baltimore, Md.) May 1 in order to get a look at some of the talent this emerging East Baltimore power is bringing in.
Of course, the Panthers just scored a major class of 2016 transfer when defensive end/outside linebacker Rahshaun Smith left Calvert Hall (Towson, Md.) for Chase Street. Smith is discussed above in the NFTC notes, and while he is a national recruit, know this: Now that he's at St. Frances, Maryland has a shot. Their head coach, Messay Hailemariam, is a UMD alum and backer who has a very good relationship with the program.
The two 2015 names to know, at least for Terps purposes, are receiver Devin Phelps (6-1, 175) and cornerback Justice Pettus-Dixon (5-11, 185). Both are athletic talents who will both find homes at the FCS level. The only question is, How will they do on the SATs? If they qualify academically, I'd expect the Terps to pounce -- if not on Pettus-Dixon (offers from Boston College, NC State, Oregon State and Toledo) than surely on the fleet-footed Phelps (West Virgina and UMD offers contingent on SATs). Both have Maryland interest, so if the hometown school wants them...
In the 2016 class, besides Smith, cornerbacks Kareem Felder (6-0, 175) and Keon Smith (5-11, 180) are two rising stars. Meanwhile, current Calvert Hall defensive back Juantez McRae, who holds double-digit offers, is set to transfer in after the school year.
In 2017, running back Devon Williams is already 5-10, 180 pounds, and will be special, according to Hailemariam. So will 6-4, 200-pound defensive end Myles Wright, who has already caught eyes from college recruiters.
And not only does St. Frances have talent, but they have coaches to help develop it. The Panthers have three former Calvert Hall assistants on staff, including ace Baltimore City recruiter and defensive backs coach Cory Robinson. Former NFL linebacker Tommy Polley and running back Lamont Jordan are also on staff.
Recent Underclassmen Offers
Besides Bullis' Dwayne Haskins, Maryland handed out a few more 2016 (and even a 2017) offers last week.
The 2016 list includes: Michal Menet, OG, Exeter Township (Reading, Pa.); Andrew Boselli, OG, Providence (Jacksonville, Fla.); Scott Bracey, WR, Benedictine (Richmond, Va.); Cameron Chambers, WR, Timber Creek (Philadelphia, Pa.); Brandon McIlwain, QB, Council Rock North (Newtown, Pa.).
All of these players either already are or will be national recruits. None of them will be particularly easy pulls for the Terps. It's always good to get in their early, though, so we'll see what kind of traction UMD can gain.
The class of 2017 offeree was Gilman defensive tackle Cameron Spence, who has already received plenty of attention despite his youth. He's been on our radar for over a year, and it's not surprising the Terps jumped on him before anyone else. This kid is already a stud and has much love for UMD early on.
More News & Notes
Maryland extended an offer to Port Arthur Memorial (Port Arthur, Texas) stud running back Corey Dauphine, who is currently committed to Texas Tech. Dauphine, however, said he's open to other options and he may be looking around now that his recruiting has picked up considerably. We're not sure Maryland will be in the running, but Baylor, TCU, Houston and Arizona State definitely are. It's a situation we'll revisit later in the game to see if UMD gains some momentum.
Another Texas recruit, guard Tyler Higby (The Kinkade School/Houston, Texas), claimed a UMD offer as well. Higby has offers from LSU, Auburn and others throughout the Big 12 and SEC, however, and the consensus is he'll end up in the Bayou with the Tigers.
One of Maryland's quarterback targets, The Plains School (Athens, Ohio) gunslinger Joe Burrow, is up to 14 verbal offers after landing Kentucky and Virginia Tech recently. The other schools involved are BC, Cincinnati, WVU, Central Michigan, ECU, Fresno State, Iowa State, Maryland, NC State, Ohio, Toledo and Western Michigan.
So far Burrow has visited WVU, Cincinnati, Michigan State, Iowa State and Tennessee, while he plans to check out Va Tech and return to UT. He did not mention Maryland as a school he's looking to see, which leads us to believe the Terps may not be in play here. West Virginia looks like it could be Burrow's ultimate destination, and that's more likely now that Burrow has moved up his decision date to June.
Top Terps safety target Jazzee Stocker (Coatesville, Pa.) picked up offer No. 14 from West Virginia. Wisconsin, Virginia, Temple, Rutgers, Pitt, Purdue, Maryland, Illinois, Georgia Tech, UConn, Duke, BC and Cincinnati are also involved. Stocker, who has visited College Park before and plans to return at some point, is still wide open and claims no early leaders.
Finally, St. Joseph's (Montvale, N.J.) linebacker Joe Giles-Harris added offer No. 15 from Cincinnati, and he now has the likes of Arizona State, BC, Duke, UMD, Iowa, Northwestern, NC State, Rutgers, Temple, Purdue, Illinois and ODU in his pocket. Giles-Harris has gone mum since lacrosse season started and hasn't taken any visits recently. He has been down in College Park before and has the Terps under solid consideration.
This Week's Hot Board Scratches
Matthew Burrell, OG, C.D. Hylton (Woodbridge, Va.): I said he was on the verge of getting scratched last week, and earlier this week I removed him. After talking to a few people down at the Nike combine I have a good idea what Burrell is thinking, and all you need to know is UMD isn't really on his mind right now -- despite all the praise he offers up for the program. Moving on.
Qaadir Sheppard, OLB/DE, Iona Prep (New Rochelle, N.Y.): He claimed a top three of BC, Syracuse and Rutgers and wants to decide this summer between one of that trio. Sheppard has visited each and will return to all three this offseason before making his choice. Maryland sniffed around but never offered.
David Sills, QB, Eastern Christian (Elkton, Md.): He visited Maryland with his team, but doesn't have any real interest in attending school in College Park. He's Michigan bound if the Wolverines offer.
Barnabas Baning, OT, St. Mary's Ryken (Leonardtown, Md.): Baning holds a Syracuse offer to go along with some lower Division I schools. Virginia Tech, N.C. State, Penn State, Marshall, UVA and Toledo are also in touch. He plans to camp at PSU and a couple other schools, but he made no mention of Maryland.
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