Welcome to our next edition of Inside the Shell, the weekly Maryland football recruiting roundup.
Round and Round the Quarterback Carousel Goes
Maryland had made it known it wanted to secure two class of 2015 quarterbacks, but let's see if the Terps can lock down one first. On May 5, one of UMD's top targets, Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.) triggerman Nick Johns, chose to take his game to Charlottesville, Va., instead of College Park, Md. Now, some are still wondering how Johns could choose UVA when head coach Mike London's job may be on the line and the Gonzaga quarterback's dual-threat style is more conducive to Maryland's zone-read than Virginia's pro-style.
Here's the deal: UVA offered Johns first, before his junior year, and when he suffered a season-ending collarbone injury last fall, offensive coordinator Steve Fairchild assured the family the scholarship was still on the table. Other programs chose to take a wait-and-see approach, but the Hoos were a constant presence.
Maryland and NC State eventually anted up, and while the Terps made up serious ground and came close to securing Johns, the longstanding relationship with Fairchild and the Cavaliers won out. Moving on.
As for Gilman's (Baltimore, Md.) Kai Locksley, we're currently not getting a great vibe from the local four-star. That feeling began when Johns informed us that UMD offensive coordinator Mike Locksley and head coach Randy Edsall let Gonzaga's signal caller know he was "their No. 1 guy." Which, in our opinion, translated to: "We're not feeling so great about Kai Locksley playing for his father in College Park."
Even with Johns off the board, we're still feeling skeptical about Kai Locksley's recruitment ending in Maryland's favor. Granted, Kai Locksley still has the Terps in his top 10 and he'll be on campus May 15 for a visit, but, as we've said in several previous Shells, we're not sure it'll be more than a courtesy trip.
Oregon, Florida State, Florida, Louisville, Auburn, Ohio State, Texas, Baylor, Ole Miss and maybe Virginia Tech seem to be on his brain at this time. Locksley has a few more visits to make this summer – Oregon, Texas and Baylor are on the radar – and would like to wrap the recruiting process up by the first game if his senior season. Let's see if minds and hearts change between now and then.
With the aforementioned pair fading, Maryland may have turned its sites to The Plains School (Athens, Ohio) gunslinger Joey Burrow, a four-star who would hardly be a consolation prize.
Burrow has held a Terps offer for months now, but has yet to follow up with a proposed visit. His father, Jimmy, though, said there is still mutual interest between his son and Maryland, and mentioned the College Park trip could occur this summer. Jimmy Burrow noted that Maryland's Big Ten move and offensive system hold appeal, and mentioned that Mike Locksley, who watched Burrow throw recently, has stayed in touch.
But Burrow has plenty of affection for sentimental favorite Iowa State, while West Virginia has long been on the radar. He's visited both schools and raved about each. Kentucky, NC State, Virginia Tech, Vanderbilt and Cincinnati are also in play and may receive trips this summer.
Burrow wants to make his decision by the end of June so he can concentrate on team 7-on-7s and summer camp. We'll see if he does make it out to UMD before then, though even if he does, it may be an uphill battle. (STORY).
If no Burrow, then what? Well, it's possible the Terps could take a longer look at Malvern Prep (Malvern, Pa.) quarterback Alex Hornibrook, who has an offer from Akron and said numerous FCS programs have been through to see him this spring. That includes UMD, which already has a relationship with Malvern's new coach, Aaron Brady, who was formerly at Gonzaga. Hornibrook stands 6-4, 195, so he has the measurables, and he's considering camping in College Park this June to try and secure a scholarship.
Another name we've kept in play is Wallington (N.J.) triggerman Ryan Adzima, who said he's been in touch with UMD area recruiter Keith Dudzinski. Adzima doesn't hold any offers yet, but said the Terps have been talking to him the most. He, like Hornibrook, wants to camp at UMD this summer as he attempts to catch the Terps' staff's eye.
As far as another "big-name" guy goes, we scratched Eldorado (Albuquerque, NM) quarterback Zach Gentry from the hot board a good while ago. At this point we're inclined to keep him off, even if Maryland attempts to make a major push.
Early in the game we were intrigued by UMD's chances, because Gentry knew Mike Locksley from his time at New Mexico, but since then the four-star has blown up nationally. He has Tennessee and Alabama firmly on the radar, with Texas and Oklahoma State also in play. Gentry wants to make a decision in the next couple months, and at this point it would be an upset if he didn't pick one of those few aforementioned programs.
David Sills, the Eastern Christian (Elkton, Md.) quarterback and current USC commit, was also scratched recently. He has been in College Park and expressed mild interest, but his focus is on several national programs. Like we've been saying, if Michigan offers, he's Big House bound.
Other names are bound to emerge the rest of the evaluation period and during camp season, so let's see who pops up.
TT Spring Recruit Tour: Roosevelt
Other than mini-conversations for junior day reactions, I hadn't spoken to four-star offensive tackle Isaiah Prince (Roosevelt/Greenbelt, Md.) in-depth for a while. Roosevelt, which is anchored by head coach Tom Green, hosted a workout May 7, so I decided to attend in order to see the big man move and also to get a recruiting update.
Prince, who missed all but 2.5 games last season with a broken ankle, looked to be in top shape. He ran with ease and even beat the running backs during gasser drills. He moves well, shows plenty of athleticism and looks to have improved his fundamentals since last year.
As far as recruiting is concerned, Prince is maintaining a top four of Maryland, Auburn, Florida and Ohio State. That said, the list is subject to change once he begins taking summer visits. So far he's only been to Maryland, and has nothing to compare it against. Trips to AU, UF, OSU, Penn State, Florida State, Alabama and others are all on the radar.
Expect Prince to talk up some of these major programs following visits, but the feeling here is he's going to keep UMD firmly in the running -- even if he doesn't mention them in every interview. Prince, like Damian Prince last year, values his family and likes being close to home. He also has a very good relationship with his recruiter, Mike Locksley, offensive line coach Greg Studrawa, and is comfortable on campus.
Prince does not plan to make a final decision until next winter, following his official visits.
Roosevelt doesn't have any other surefire FCS recruits in 2015, though linebacker DeAndre White (6-2, 230), running back Mike Mofor (5-8, 190) and defensive tackle Emanuel Etoo (6-2, 265) should all get Division I-AA opportunities.
The Raiders' 2017 class features a pair of potential FCS talents in emerging defensive end Lawtez Rogers (6-3, 230) and running back Carl Mofor (5-9, 190). Both look the part as youngsters, and we'll see how they develop the next couple years. Rogers, especially, has the chance to be a double-digit offer guy.
TT Spring Recruit Tour: St. John's
Last Friday I stopped by a St. John's workout to catch up with a few Cadets Maryland is pursuing or considering pursuing.
Of course, Terps fans have been tracking Ayron Monroe's recruiting for more than a year now. The 6-1, 195-pound brother of current UMD defensive tackle Andre Monroe, Ayron Monroe has seen his recruiting skyrocket since running a sub-4.4 40-yard dash at a March combine. He's now up to 11 offers from the likes of Nebraska, Boston College, Georgia Tech, Iowa, Maryland, Mississippi State, Penn State, Virginia, Wake Forest and a couple others.
Recall, Monroe was close to committing to PSU following a visit to Happy Valley, but he refrained from doing so after talking to his parents and coaches. Monroe rarely tips his hand in interviews and won't give up too much information, but the feeling I get here is Maryland is in solid position. He still wants to see a couple more schools, and now Nebraska is in the game, but Mike Locksley and Co. have done well with this one.
Monroe recently visited College Park yet again and reconnected with the staff, including Randy Edsall and Locksley. He texted in that he had a great time and really enjoyed himself, which was a much different reaction than after the Terps' spring game. On top of that, his parents joined him on the trip, and both are UMD backers. Monroe doesn't have a firm decision date, but if he pops this summer, we like UMD's current position. (INTERVIEW).
UMD hasn't offered any other St. John's rising senior, but head coach Joe Patterson hinted that defensive end/outside linebacker Eric Assoua could secure one soon. Assoua said the Terps have ratcheted up the interest, and the offer may come in after the spring or during camp season.
The long-armed, ferocious Assoua currently has Boston College, Western Michigan and Toledo offers, but Rutgers, UMD, Temple, Syracuse and others are keeping close tabs. If Maryland pulls through, Assoua admitted the hometown program would be in a favorable spot, although he probably wouldn't commit right away. Monitor the situation closely. (INTERVIEW).
Another prospect to watch out for is safety Will Jackson (6-3, 185), who has all the measurables and physical gifts you could ask for. Jackson, though, will probably have to shine during a one-day camp to get a closer Terps look, because he has limited junior film.
Jackson does have offers from UConn, NC State and ODU, and was just at Penn State, another intrigued potential suitor, for a visit. We'll see if Maryland makes a run this summer or in the fall.
The 6-3, 185-pound receiver Scottie Washington has some Terps interest, but I don't sense he'll end up in College Park unless there's a change of heart. UMD would likely bulk Washington up and convert him to tight end, and he's not exactly keen on those prospects.
Washington already holds offers from Wake Forest, Nebraska, Toledo and UConn with others like Boston College, Syracuse, Temple, ODU and Georgia Tech looking at him for receiver as well. Washington is interested in Maryland, though, so maybe if he runs well at a one-day and earns an offer he'll be willing to try tight end in college. (STORY).
St. John's doesn't have any other primetime 2015 recruits, though athlete Jared Harris (6-2, 230), running back Corey Vessels (5-11, 170) and cornerback Jaelin Alburg (5-11, 165) have a shot to play at the Division I/I-AA level depending on how their senior seasons go.
The 2016 class features at least two names to keep track of, headlined by tight end/defensive end Devante Brooks. The 6-5, 234-pounder has blown up during the evaluation period, and now holds offers from Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Nebraska, N.C. State, Tennessee and Virginia Tech. Penn State, Michigan State and programs throughout the Big Ten, SEC and ACC are showing interest and should be offering in short order.
This guy not only opens eyes with his massive frame, but he's a baller with violent hands and a lightning-quick first step. When I watched St. John's last year, Brooks was the one player who really grabbed my attention.
Maryland, for its part, got in there first and offered Brooks before his sophomore season. The St. John's athlete has much love for the Terps and already has a rapport with the staff having been on campus multiple times. Brooks recently said Virginia Tech was starting to stand out, but it's early in the process and there's bound to be others that creep into the picture.
Defensive tackle Brian Manuel also has a chance to make some recruiting noise provided he has a standout junior campaign. He's 6-3, 320, so the size is there, but he has to prove he can bring it when the lights come on.
TT Spring Recruit Tour: St. Mary's Ryken
I decided to make the long drive down to Leonardtown, Md., in order to check out the emerging talent at this Southern Maryland program. Unfortunately Ryken's head coach, MPSSAA Hall of Famer Jerry Franks, recently suffered a stroke and won't be back at the school for some time. Franks told me he hopes to return to the sidelines this fall, however, after plenty of rest and rehab. We wish him the best.
As for Ryken, assistant coach Justin Bressler is dealing with the day-to-day operations, and he hooked me up with all the top 2015 and 2016 recruits the Knights have.
In the 2015 class, the two names to know are offensive guard Barnabas Baning and defensive end/outside linebacker Casey Bernard.
The 6-2, 345-pound Baning holds one major FCS offer from Syracuse to go along with JMU, Monmouth, ODU, Toledo and Georgia State. Rutgers, Boston College, Maryland and a few others have been keeping tabs. Baning doesn't claim any true leaders, though he made no secret he'd love a hometown offer. However, he's in a bit of a transition period that may affect his recruiting, so I'm not sure Baning is a viable 2015 target.
Bernard (6-2, 230), meanwhile, has offers from JMU and ODU, but said a few higher Division I programs have been tracking him closely this spring. Maryland knows about him and will be through Ryken during the evaluation period to better gauge how he fits into their 3-4 scheme. I'm a personal fan of Bernard's game, and don't think he'd be a bad flyer if you need a pass rusher late in the game.
Ryken also has three I-AA-caliber 2015 guys in quarterback Ryan Bowles (6-4, 190), receiver Kyle Goddard (5-9, 176), who has an offer from Fordham, and linebacker Bolcolm Vitale (5-11, 225). Of those, Goddard is the most intriguing as he's a quick-twitch slot with good giddy-up and soft hands.
The face of the 2016 class, for now, is safety Damien Jones, a strapping 5-11, 190-pounder. If Jones were a couple inches taller he'd probably already have offers. He hits hard, runs a 4.52 40-yard dash, and has shown the ability to play in the box and in coverage. Several FCS programs have expressed interest, and Jones figures to secure his share of offers by the time the fall is through.
Also keep an eye on 6-2, 290-pound guard Matthew Hunt, who has his share of early Division I looks as well. If Hunt continues to build his body and work on his conditioning he could find a fit at the Division I level.
Others to watch out for include linebacker Mike Jackson (6-1, 200), running back Devin Montgomery (5-10, 220), receiver Antwane Parker (6-0, 190) and safety Jessiah Rojas (6-1, 200). All four are still developing and are considered borderline Division I/I-AA prospects.
Brett Zanotto, Franklin Regional Senior (Murrysville, Pa.): Maryland offered the under-the-radar Zanotto May 5, and the 6-1, 215-pounder was thrilled. He previously held scholarships from Toledo and UMass and loved the fact a Big Ten suitor came through. Zanotto is planning to visit College Park for the first time in June, with a decision set for July or August.
Based on his comments, it would not shock us if UMD secured a Zanotto commitment during his visit. There are other major programs looking at Zanotto, though, with Pittsburgh being of particular intrigue since it's the hometown school. The Panthers could throw a kink into things, but I'm not so sure they extend an offer. (STORY).
Amir Ealey, Coatesville (Pa.): The Terps offered this prospect from a familiar school last week, and while some programs want him at tight end, Ealey told me UMD sees him as an outside linebacker. Ealey has been in College Park before for a game and is planning to return to campus May 12 (along with Terps defensive line target Keiron Howard from Potomac in Oxon Hill, Md.) for a personal visit. He seems to be genuinely interested in the Terps, especially since teammate and friend Tyler Burke is heading to UMD this year. But there's a long way to go in the process and he has no plans to commit early.
Ealey also holds offers from UVA, Syracuse, WVU, Temple, UConn, Rutgers and Cincinnati, while Pitt, UNC, South Carolina, NC State, Vanderbilt, PSU, Nebraska and others are monitoring him. Virginia, for its part, seems to be a prime contender, and Gonzaga's Nick Johns has already been in his ear about committing to the Cavaliers.
Ealey will be taking numerous trips this summer, so we'll see if the Terps are still on his brain following those. (STORY).
Joe Giles-Harris, St. Joseph's (Montvale, N.J.): Giles-Harris hit the 15-offer mark last week when WVU pulled through, and he now has scholarships from the Mountaineers, UMD, Arizona State, BC, Cincinnati, Duke, Illinois, Iowa, NC State, Northwestern, ODU, Purdue, Rutgers, Temple and UVA. Currently, Giles-Harris still has recruiting on the proverbial backburner with lacrosse still on-going, but he did indicate that he'd be visiting Maryland, Duke and NC State this June. He's already seen all three programs this winter/spring, so that's a sign he may have the Terps, Blue Devils and Wolfpack near the front of his mind. We'll know much more after June, as he wants to make his final decision sometime this summer.
Eric Assoua, St. John's: See St. John's Spring Tour section above.
Darrell Taylor, Hopewell (Va.): Taylor's upward trend continued last week as he recently picked up verbals from Notre Dame, Miami, Michigan State, Michigan, Boston College, Tennessee, Missouri, Oklahoma, Florida, South Carolina and Penn State. He said he definitely wants to check out UF, Miami and South Carolina, while PSU, Michigan and a couple others are on the radar as well. Recall, Taylor visited UMD and expressed some interest in the program, but since his epic rise he hasn't mentioned the Terps in any subsequent interviews. We're about to scratch him from the hot board.
Trevor Morris, Malvern Prep (Malvern, Pa.): Morris, who has been on Maryland's radar since last year, finally came out of his shell and said he added an Ohio University offer to go along with I-AA suitor Bryant. The Malvern product also said UMD has remained in contact, along with Syracuse, Rutgers and a few other Northeast schools. He's been to Maryland before, and we'll see if he returns this summer to try and secure an offer.
Wyatt Cook, McDonogh (Owings Mills, Md.): Cook remains fairly status quo with offers from Maryland, ODU, UVA, Toledo and Purdue. He said Indiana, Duke and Wake Forest are showing a lot of interest and could be pulling the trigger soon. Cook has not taken any recent visits, and while he wants to see a few schools this summer, he doesn't have any firm ones planned (he said he could return to College Park soon). He remains high on Maryland and continues to talk up recruiter Keith Dudzinski, the chance to represent the hometown school, etc. Virginia is also in play, but at the moment UMD remains in a solid position.
Canada Prep Academy
After hearing that Maryland assistant Chad Wilt had make the trek up to Canada last week, I put a call into Canada Prep (St. Catharines/Ontario) coach Geoff McArthur to see how it went.
Naturally, defensive tackle Neville Gallimore -- offers from Kansas, UMD, Minnesota, Mississippi State, Nebraska, Nevada, Oklahoma, Pittsburgh, Rice, USF, TCU, UCLA, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, WVU and Wisconsin -- is UMD's No. 1 target. The Terps offered Gallimore before his recruiting skyrocketed, and that's something that's resonated with the Canadian recruit. Gallimore is still set to visit UMD this summer and said he was thrilled that Wilt made the trip up to see him.
McArthur relayed that Gallimore isn't one to be wowed by the glitz and glamour programs, and he indicated UMD does have a real shot here. Gallimore isn't likely to decide on a college until January or February, though, so don't expect him to pop if/when he makes it to College Park.
Two other recruits UMD is apparently intrigued by are slot receiver Justin Julien and cornerback Shamar Busby. Of those, McArthur said Wilt seemed most excited about Julien, a 5-8 burner with tremendous acceleration. Julien holds a I-AA offer from Fordham at the moment, but will undoubtedly pick up steam once camp season hits.
Julien, for his part, said it would be a "dream" to get a Terps offer, mainly because he's followed Stefon Diggs' career to the point where's placed him on a pedestal. The Canadian slot said he'd probably visit College Park with Gallimore this summer, so we'll see what transpires following that.
McArthur went on to say that Busby should be picking up an Eastern Michigan offer, while his other main followers include WVU, Tulsa and Syracuse. The coach mentioned that Maryland will monitor him, though I didn't sense a major UMD push was coming.
Here's the article following my interview with McArthur: ARTICLE.
More Wilt Travels
After trekking through Canada, Wilt made his way over to his old stomping grounds in Indiana/Illinois to check out some of that area's top recruits. Numerous prospects were active on social media, saying that Maryland had been through their school. I caught up with several of them, and while some were national recruits who seem to be focused on Midwest programs, a couple were genuinely intrigued by UMD's overtures.
First and foremost, there's Stevenson (Lincolnshire, Ill.) defensive tackle Nick Dillon, a 6-2, 245-pounder with offers from Western Michigan, Toledo and Bowling Green. Dillon has interest from UMD, Purdue, Minnesota, Cincinnati, Michigan State and others, however, and figures to be an FCS recruit before it's all said and done. What makes Dillon viable for Maryland, however, is he has family in Silver Spring, Md., has been on campus before and is set to return this summer. Dillon said he'd highly consider the Terps should they offer, so he's someone worth monitoring. (INTERVIEW).
In Carmel, Ind., receiver Isaac James now holds verbals from Illinois, Ohio, Army, Ball State, Indiana, Navy, Toledo and Western Michigan. He said his recruiting has picked up considerably since the evaluation period, and noted how Wilt was one assistant showing more interest. James (5-11, 180) expressed a desire to visit College Park and perhaps attend a one-day camp, saying UMD is "definitely" a school he'll be looking at this summer. At the same time, nearby Indiana is considered the favorite as he's been on campus five times, while Illinois and Northwestern are on his mind as well. (STORY).
Others that indicated Maryland had been through included: offensive tackle Cody Conway (Plainfield North/Plainfield, Ill.), who may be ready to pop to Syracuse; linebacker Darrin Kirkland Jr. (Lawrence Central/Indianapolis, Ind.), a four-star recruit who does not have UMD in his top 10; guard Jared Thomas (Cathedral/Indianapolis, Ind.), who may be favoring Northwestern over Purdue, Wake Forest, Cincinnati, Illinois, Indiana and BC; linebacker Asmar Bilal (Ben Davis/Indianapolis, Ind.), who does not have UMD under serious consideration; athlete Mykelti Williams (Warren Central/Indianapolis, Ind.), who has his eye on SEC programs; defensive tackle Micah Dew-Treadway (Bolingbrook, Ill.), who indicated he'd like to stay in the Midwest; multi-offer defensive tackle Jamal Milan (All Raby/Chicago, Ill.); multi-offer offensive tackle Matt McCann (Bishop Catard/Indianapolis, Ind.); defensive tackle Tristan Nevotne (Hinsdale Central/Hinsdale, Ill.), who has expressed some Maryland interest; and offensive guard Brandon Knight (Noblesville, Ind.), who has a UMD offer but hasn't expressed much Terps interest.
There were probably plenty of others Wilt checked out as that area has its share of attractive linemen. We'll see if there's any buzz about the Terps gaining traction with these Indiana/Illinois recruits.
Two Cornerback Notes
Juwuan Briscoe, CB, Thomas Stone (Waldorf, Md.): Briscoe now holds offers from UMD, WVU, Rutgers, Toledo, Clemson, NC State and ODU, with plenty of others on the threshold. He, along with Ayron Monroe, visited Maryland May 5 and said the trip was "more than I expected." He praised the family atmosphere created by the staff, talked up Edsall and Locksley, and enjoyed touring the campus. But Briscoe didn't consider popping on campus as he's enjoying the recruiting process.
Briscoe has trips to NC State and Clemson coming up next, and the Tigers are a personal favorite that may lead at this time. South Carolina and Ohio State, which haven't offered, have caught his eye as well. Briscoe could be a double-digit scholarship guy before it's all said and done, and that's a prospect that intrigues him.
Depending on what offers he secures, and if Briscoe is able to take all his desired visits, he'll decide on a school by late summer. (STORY).
Dionte Austin, CB, Calvert Hall (Towson, Md.): Austin just returned from a Wake Forest visit and recently picked up a Duke offer. He now has verbals from the Blue Devils, BC, UConn, UMD, Illinois, Wake Forest, Indiana, Purdue, Kentucky, Virginia Tech, Rutgers and Toledo.
Recall, Austin claimed a top two of UMD and Wake, but since then he's backed off that mini list. It now includes Indiana, Maryland, Wisconsin (no offer), Wake and Duke in no particular order. Right now, we're not about to forecast the CHC product for the Terps, though it wouldn't shock us if it did happen. The feeling here is other programs may be pushing harder for him.
Austin has a bunch of visits coming up with his Next Level Nation workout squad, and it's likely he'll be back in College Park. He has no timetable for making a decision, though he hinted the process could be done by late August.
More News & Notes
Mbi Tanyi, DL, Bush (Houston, Texas): Tanyi is taking his Houston trip May 9. He was originally supposed to see UH May 5 but had to reschedule because the Cougars' coach wasn't on campus that day. Tanyi continues to say the Terps are his No. 1 suitor, but we'll see if he's still singing that tune following the Houston trip.
Blake Camper, OT, Cox (Virginia Beach, Va.): Forgot to report this last week, but Camper, a prime Terps' line recruit, was back at UVA for a fourth time recently. The Cavs seem to be gaining steam for the in-state lineman and are firmly in the mix, along with UMD, Rutgers and Northwestern.
However, Camper continues to insist he's keeping an open mind and wants to realize his full complement of offers before naming definite leaders. Wisconsin, though, has caught his eye following a visit, and the Badgers could be close to offering. Wake Forest may very well pull the trigger, NC State is right there, Duke could happen anytime, and there are bound to be more.
While other programs are getting involved, Camper, who has been in College Park, Md., three times, still has UMD under heavy consideration (academics, Edsall and Studrawa have all hit home). He might return for a fourth time this summer, though he doesn't have any set plans yet. Camper wants to make his college decision by late August or early September, so we'll see what transpires between now and then.
Lorenzo Harrison, RB, DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md., 2016) : This top area 2016 back figures to have double-digit offers before it's all said and done. After securing verbals from Virginia (first offer), ODU and Hawaii, Maryland pulled the trigger May 7. It's still early and he'll have plenty of options to consider, but Harrison was excited to pull in a Big Ten scholarship. "I'm glad [the offer is finally done," he said. "I really like Maryland, and they are making a big jump next year. I can see myself being a big part of that Big Ten transition."
Jonathan Holland, DE/OLB, Bullis (Potomac, Md.): This local product, who we had on the hot board for some time, committed to Penn State last week. Holland held about 20 offers, but UMD was not one of them. The feeling on this end is that because Holland has a slighter frame, he didn't quite fit the prototype for a UMD defensive end, while he wasn't fast/physical enough to play outside linebacker.
Myles Robinson, WR, Good Counsel (Olney, Md.): Robinson picked up a pair of offers from Ohio State and West Virginia to go along with Michigan State and UVA. We scratched him from the hot board a few weeks ago because Maryland's – and Robinson's interest in the school – seemed to be waning. However, I've heard UMD may still be keeping tabs here, and if Robison does camp in College Park perhaps the Terps make a run.
Austrian Robinson, DL, Trinity-Pawling (Pawling, N.Y.): Robinson added a UVA offer to go along with BC, UMD, UMass, ODU, Pitt, Purdue, Rutgers, Syracuse, Temple and Wake Forest. He still has legitimate Terps interest and wants to visit College Park in June.
David Ryslik, DL, Peddle School (Highstown, N.J.): Ryslik said Maryland remains in touch with him, and area recruiter Keith Dudzinski is stopping by Peddle School to talk to his coaches. Ryslik, who has genuine UMD interest, said he should have a visit date set soon thereafter. But while there is some intrigue, Syracuse, which has already offered, has Ryslik's eye right now, while Duke, Temple, Cincinnati and UConn are in play as well.
A.J. Turner, RB, Centreville (Clifton, Va.): Had to scratch Terps running back target Turner from the hot board. Turner's recruiting skyrocketed, and in recent interviews he doesn't even mention Maryland anymore. South Carolina, Michigan State, Penn State, Wisconsin, UVA and others are on his radar now.
Freddie Simmons, WR, Bethlehem Catholic (Bethlehem, Pa.): Simmons said Maryland has been up to see him, and he is interested in tripping to College Park again this summer (he was previously at a junior day). But UMD hasn't offered yet, whereas UVA, Cincinnati, Rutgers, Rutgers, Buffalo, Purdue, Wake Forest and Western Michigan have. Simmons seems to be high on RU as the Scarlet Knights' coaches have been pressing hard for him. UVA, a recent offeree, has also received much praise.
J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, WR, Dorman (Roebuck, S.C.): Arcega-Whiteside picked up a Georgia Tech offer to go along with UMD, Wake, UCF, Navy, ODU and a bunch of I-AAs. Other than that, he's status quo. Arcega-Whiteside still is planning to visit UMD, while Wake may be in a good position early since the Deacons have been on him the longest. Arcega-Whiteside may check out Tech now that it's offered.
Jonathan Giles, WR, Elkins (Missouri City, Texas): Remember Giles was the one who claimed a Terps offer but it wasn't legitimate yet. He expressed interest in coming to campus and perhaps securing the verbal then, but it doesn't look like he'll be doing so. Giles just landed a coveted Texas Tech offer, and SEC suitor Missouri came in as well. Both have his attention, and others of that ilk are bound to get involved. I'm inclined to scratch Giles from the hot board unless I hear he's willing to trek to Maryland.
The DeSoto (Texas) Recruits: DeSoto High is one of the Texas talent factories that churns out Division I talents like nobody's business. Maryland assistant Keenan McCardell has been through the school, and a pair of DeSoto receivers, Akile Davis (6-1, 196) and Kevin Thomas (6-1, 180), chimed in that the Terps had offered. One of our regional guys, however, said that claim was a little premature, though UMD may still have some interest in these two talents.
Thomas currently holds verbals from San Diego State, Toledo, Clemson, Indiana and SMU, while Davis claims scholarships from San Diego State, Toledo, North Texas and IU. Both have expressed some desire to check out Maryland, so maybe if they make it to College Park the Terps make a run here. It's a situation worth monitoring.
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