Welcome to our next edition of Inside the Shell, the weekly Maryland football recruiting roundup.
TT Spring Tour: Linganore
I had planned on stopping by Linganore (Frederick, Md.) anyway in order to check on Terps commit E.J. Donahue's rehab from a torn ACL, but talk that he was wavering on his UMD pledge provided another reason to travel up I-70.
Here's the deal: Donahue insists he's firmly committed to Maryland and any other visits he might take are purely just a chance to enjoy the recruiting process. He said the reason he wants to trip to Florida this summer to see FSU, Miami and the like is it's an opportunity to take in the Sunshine State's warm weather. Donahue went on to say that he's in close contact with both his recruiter, Greg Studrawa, and head coach Randy Edsall. He continued to express how important it was to represent the hometown school, be near his family, and stick with the program that's stood by him through his torn ACL, which he suffered during lacrosse season.
Donahue did mention that Penn State would interest him should the Nittany Lions offer. But he didn't say he'd immediately jump ship if UMD's neighbors to the north pulled through.
My take? Well, it's difficult to say. Donahue certainly seemed genuine when he said he was 100-percent firm on his Maryland commitment, but it's hard to blame Terps fans for being skeptical after last year's Jared Cohen ordeal. I'd say UMD cannot let up here and has to stay on Donahue – hard – until he signs on the dotted line Feb. 6. There are plenty of factors that could throw a kink into things between now and Signing Day. What happens if Maryland doesn't perform in its first Big Ten season? What Will Donahue do if PSU does indeed offer? What will he think once he takes in those Florida rays and steps on the campus of the defending national champs?
We shall see… (INTERVIEW).
Donahue is the big fish at Linganore, though the Lancers do have several solid football players who could earn Division I-AA or II scholarships this year. The Lancers' next potential FBS recruit, though, is 2016 running back Dante Butler, who is the brother of Phillip Butler. Recall, the Terps showed some interest in Phillip Butler late in the recruiting process, but his SAT scores and a couple other issues precluded UMD from pursuing further. He is now in junior college and is hoping to make the DI jump in a couple years.
Dante Butler, meanwhile, is a 5-foot-11, 200-pounder with 4.5 40-yard dash speed. He's coming off a 1,000-yard, eight-touchdown campaign and is every bit as talented as his older brother. It wouldn't shock us to see the Terps give him a look in a year.
TT Spring Tour: Super 22 Banquet
Every year the Baltimore Touchdown Club hosts its Super 22 banquet at Michael's 8th Avenue in Glen Burnie. The formal affair recognizes the elite players from throughout the metro area, and inevitably there are always a few Terps targets in attendance.
This year, along with keynote speaker Randy Edsall, 55 total juniors attended, including FBS prospects: quarterback Kai Locksley (Gilman/Baltimore, Md.), safety Robert Branch (Gilman), slot Jelani Roberts (Gilman), cornerback Dionte Austin (Calvert Hall/Towson, Md.), offensive guard Will McClain (Middletown, Md.), linebacker Wyatt Cook (McDonogh/Owings Mills, Md.), athlete David Pindell (Oakland Mils/Columbia, Md.), Florida State guard commit David Robbins (Glenelg, Md.) and Rutgers defensive end commit Ron'Dell Carter (Long Reach/Columbia, Md.).
Of those, Maryland is involved with the three Gilman kids, CHC's Austin, Middletown's McClain and McDonogh's Cook.
We just had a full report and interview with Kai Locksley last week after I visited Gilman, and since then he's had a chance to visit College Park again. The four-star triggerman called the visit "way different than I expected." Locksley thought he knew everything about UMD considering he'd been there so many times to see his father, offensive coordinator Mike Locksley, but this trip allowed him to experience the inner-workings of the program. Locksley discussed how he learned more about Maryland's academic structure, plans for the future (facility wise and program wise), and the like.
All in all, the Gilman product said he had a great time. But what does that mean in terms of his standing with Maryland? Well, the Terps are still in his top three to five schools, along with Auburn, Ohio State, Virginia Tech and Florida State. But we're not ready to move the needle above cool, and we still see him playing his football away from College Park.
As for Branch and Roberts, I addressed both in the last Shell. Maryland hasn't offered either, but the safety Branch, who has offers from Boston College, Rutgers and Georgia Tech, is on the radar and could get a scholarship down the road (to which he'd be receptive to). Roberts holds Navy and Albany verbals and is a lightning-quick slot/returner. He could wow the UMD coaches at camp this summer, and if so we could see an on-the-spot pop.
With Dionte Austin, he's sticking to five standouts: Maryland, Duke, Wisconsin, Wake Forest and Indiana. He insists there's no particular order to that list and all five are even in his eyes. In fact, that list is probably tentative to begin with. Austin admitted if other schools jumped into the fray those programs could easily work into his top five.
Wake Forest, though, has been a personal favorite for awhile, and the vibe I get is the Deacons could lead at this time. Austin has visited Winston Salem, N.C., has a close relationship with the staff and likes the idea of building Wake into a contender again.
Duke was his most recent offer and he's looking forward to visiting the Blue Devils soon. The academics and the fact they have a budding football program has attracted Austin to Duke. Indiana and Wisconsin, meanwhile, are two schools he hasn't visited yet, but he's taken to each staff's message.
Maryland is right in the thick of things as well. He's been in touch with his recruiter, Keith Dudzinski, quite a bit, believes he'd fit in well in the defense, and has a rapport with the staff as a whole. Austin hasn't been on campus recently, but he will be returning for his team's 7-on-7 in College Park this summer. Like many recruits, Austin wants to see how UMD performs in the Big Ten this season.
Austin would ideally like to decide on a school before the fall, but said he wouldn't be averse to pushing that date back if necessary. (INTERVIEW).
From Frederick County, Middletown's Will McClain just visited Maryland again last week and has the Terps in his top two, along with West Virginia. He also holds verbals from Rutgers, Temple, ODU and JMU.
The big Middletown guard received his first in-depth look at UMD during this visit, and he came away highly impressed with the campus; academics; head coach Randy Edsall; and line coach Greg Studrawa. McClain said he and Edsall connected, and after speaking for 45 minutes UMD's headman urged him to "take the keys" and commit. Studrawa, meanwhile, has a developing relationship with McClain, and apparently the two hit it off on this recent visit.
West Virginia may have a bit of an edge right now, however. McClain raved about Morgantown, how the town rallies around the Mountaineers, and how the staff has pursued him in earnest. He's been to WVU before and will return again this summer.
McClain, who also will be checking out Rutgers, is set to select his school later this summer, perhaps in July after he sees Morgantown again. ((STORY).
Last but not least, the linebacker Wyatt Cook, a longtime Terps target. Cook said his current top three is Maryland, Virginia and Purdue, the latter of which he has not visited yet.
Right now, we still like Maryland's chances with Cook and are inclined to leave him at "hot" on the hot board. The McDonogh MIKE has been a constant presence in College Park, exchanges messages with Keith Dudzinski regularly, and has taken to the idea of representing his home state.
That said, Virginia is squarely in play, and Mike London's crew has made a solid impression. Cook will trek to Purdue this summer, and he said he's eager to see what the Boilermakers have to offer as well.
Cook originally wanted to commit either right before his senior season or early during the fall, but now seems to content to wait. He said he's in no rush to make a decision and wants to see what suitors emerge after he sends out senior film. That sounds a bit ominous for Terps purposes, but we still think UMD has a good shot if it keeps pushing. (INTERVIEW).
Note: Keep an eye on the Oakland Mills athlete Pindell. He's a quarterback in high school, but Syracuse offered him at receiver and he's plenty big, plenty fast and plenty athletic. The Terps may show some interest following a camp.
TT Spring Tour: Best of the DMV Showcase
On May 17 I stopped by Spalding (Severn, Md.) for the Best of DMV Showcase. This event is designed for under-the-radar talents to gain some exposure, and most of the recruits will probably fit in at the Division I-AA of Division II levels. However, there's always a prospect or two that emerges and jumps onto FBS radars after camp season (i.e. two years ago with Derrick Hayward).
This year, some of the standouts included St. John's (Washington, D.C.) receiver Scottie Washington, Wilson (Washington, D.C.) linebacker Kareem McDonald, Loudon County (Leesburg, Va.) linebacker Jordan Fisher, North Point (Waldorf, Md.) quarterback Brandon Battle, Potomac (Oxon Hill, Md.) cornerback David Rose, Virginia Episcopal (Lynchburg, Va.) lineman Damian Dozier, Georgetown Prep (Bethesda, Md.) corner Dage Davis, Williamsport (Md.) receiver Emmanuel Morris and Briar Woods (Ashburn, Va.) lineman Chase Brown.
Washington was the one multi-verbal FBS recruit in attendance, and I scratched him from the hot board this week. He now holds offers from UConn, Nebraska Wake Forest and Toledo, who all want him at receiver. He admitted UConn was the favorite at this time as he loved his visit to Storrs and bonded with the staff. Washington said Maryland wants him to bulk up and play tight end, but he's not too keen on those prospects now that he has legitimate receiver offers.
Of the others with FBS potential, the name to remember is Potomac's David Rose. He looks the part at 6-0, 180 pounds, has quick-twitch fibers and runs well. If he shines at UMD's camp this summer, he could very well haul in an offer (he said his UMD recruiter, Mike Locksley, has been in touch as well). If that happens, the Terps could secure a pop.
Loudon County's Fisher could emerge as well. He has a Toledo offer and said UMD, BC, Pitt, UVA and Wake have been in contact. He's well-built and has decent film, and if Fisher runs well this summer he could vault into college football's top levels.
As for the others, they will probably end up I-AA unless they wow at a respective one-day. Battle is an intriguing quarterback option, but I'm not sure the Terps push with that one. McDonald has been discussed at length, and we're not feeling a UMD pursuit there either. (STORY).
Beefy News aka O-Line and D-Line Recruiting
E.J. Donahue, OL, Linganore (Frederick, Md.): See above.
Will McClain, OL, Middletown (Md.): See above
Tommy Hatton, OL, St. Joseph's (Montvale, N.J.): Maryland is still in the game for St. Joseph's star center/guard, and the 6-foot-3, 280-pounder will trip to College Park for a fourth time June 1. Hatton has remained in touch with his UMD area recruiter, Keith Dudzinski, and line coach Greg Studrawa has impressed as well. He'll undoubtedly delve more into Maryland's academics, facility plans and the university's future goals during the upcoming visit, all of which he's praised in the past. But UMD will not be the final trip before Hatton picks his school in early July (around July 4). He'll also be stopping by South Carolina again June 19 and North Carolina, which offered May 13, on June 21.
Hatton (who just added a Va Tech verbal, giving him 17) has called the Gamecocks his dream school in the past, and he's continued to heap praise on Steve Spurrier and Co. since they offered. North Carolina was another stated favorite, and the Hokies are now in the game as well, but at this point it's hard to see him selecting another school besides USC. We'll see what transpires following these last three trips (he'll also take in Virginia Tech June 22 or 23), but this will probably be a Cocks-Heels battle, with the Old Ball Coach's crew holding an edge.
Ellis McKennie, OL, McDonogh (Owings Mills, Md.): There's a few schools still monitoring McKennie, namely Virginia Tech, but right now it looks like his three main suitors are Maryland, Rutgers and Marshall, with the former two under consideration. McKennie would like to take in Va Tech this summer to see if he can secure that offer, but I don't get the impression he's necessarily pining to play his college ball in Blacksburg, Va. He'll also try and return to Piscataway, N.J., for another look at Rutgers and then visit Maryland for the umpteenth time later this summer.
Though a bit more guarded than usual, McKennie remains steadfast in his Terps admiration. Like with Hatton in Jersey, Dudzinski and Studrawa, in addition to Randy Edsall, have done well here. McKennie wants to have his school chosen before his senior season, and we're inclined to forecast him for UMD barring some drastic change.
Tony Pilato, OL, Hempfield (Landisville, Pa.): Maryland has had an offer out to this Keystone State lineman for over a month now, and the Terps should still get a visit from him at some point this summer. But Pilato has made it fairly clear that Pittsburgh, which has also offered, is the front-runner. He'll be visiting the nearby Panthers in early June, and it wouldn't shock us if he popped to them at some point this July or August (he wants to decide around then). Pilato is also pining for a Penn State verbal, though we're not sure the Nittany Lions will pounce. He holds offers from Pitt, UMD, Minnesota, Syracuse, UVA, Akron and ODU, with programs throughout the Big Ten showing interest.
Mirko Jurkovic, OL, IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.): Maryland offered Jurkovic recently, but he went on record to say he "doesn't really know too much about them." He seems more infatuated with verbals from Wake Forest, Nebraska, Illinois, South Carolina and Arkansas, while he's hoping Wisconsin pulls the trigger. Jurkovic will be trekking through the Midwest and possibly further West this summer; he made no indications he'd be visiting College Park.
Noah Listerman, OL, Winton Woods (Cincinnati, Ohio): UMD was the latest offer for Listerman, but he's been high on Michigan State for some time. It may only be a matter of time before he pops to the Spartans. Illinois, Louisville, Indiana, Kentucky, Wisconsin, Georgia Tech, Cincinnati, Rutgers and Virginia are some other schools in play.
Neville Gallimore, DL, Canada Prep (St. Catharines/Ontario): We're about to find out if the supremely talented Canadian defensive tackle stays true to his word that he won't be wowed by the glitz and glamour programs. Gallimore's epic rise hit another peak last week when he pulled in offers from Florida, Ohio State and Oregon, to go along with those from the likes of Notre Dame, UCLA, Miami and other "name" suitors. Gallimore continues to insist he's going to give Maryland a fair shot since the Terps were the first FBS school on him, and both Keith Dudzinski and defensive line coach Chad Wilt came up to see him. We'll see if he follows through with his intended College Park visit later in June or July.
Wes Annan, DL, Lake Forest Academy (Lake Forest, Ill.): Recall, Annan was absolutely thrilled when Maryland offered him a couple weeks ago. He pumped up area recruiter Chad Wilt, talked up the Big Ten move and the school's educational opportunities, and said he was ready to see College Park in late June. But what we're finding is Annan tends to have high praise for every school that offers him.
Since picking up UMD, he's added Rutgers, Duke and Mississippi State, and Annan has raved about each one. The SEC offer from Mississippi State resonated; Duke's academics hit home; Rutgers' Big Ten move and staff impressed; and previous offer Syracuse's coaches made significant inroads. Annan will try and visit each of the five aforementioned programs this summer, with Syracuse, RU and Maryland already on the docket.
We'll know about where Annan stands following his travels up and down the East Coast (and down to Mississippi).
David Ryslik, DL, The Peddle School (Hightstown, N.J.): Maryland hasn't offered this New Jersey plugger yet, but Ryslik said he's maintained regular contact with area recruiter Keith Dudzinski. He plans to see College Park this June in hopes of landing said scholarship. If the Terps pursue, I could easily see them vaulting into his top two or three suitors as he's expressed plenty of interest in the program.
Ryslik, though, has a busy visit schedule ahead of him. He'll be camping at Rutgers and Penn State, and trekking to Syracuse, Georgia and Georgia Tech. Ryslik would also like to make it out to UVA, WVU, Stanford and others if time allows.
He currently holds offers from Cincinnati, UConn, Syracuse, ODU, Duke and others. Ryslik didn't claim any early favorites, though the Blue Devils and Orange may have his attention early.
Aaron Crawford, DL, Stone Bridge (Ashburn, Va.): We scratched Crawford, who had a Terps offer and visited College Park, from the hot board a couple weeks ago after he named a top three of UNC, UVA and Boston College. And last week, while on a trip to North Carolina, he committed to the Tar Heels before making it out to UVA or up to BC. Moving on.
Kai Locksley, Gilman: See above.
Joey Burrow, The Plains School (Athens, Ohio): Word is Ohio State is now heavily involved with this top-rated Ohio triggerman, who could very well secure a Buckeyes scholarship when he camps there in early June. Alabama also has watched him throw, and while we're not so sure the Tide will offer, perhaps Burrow can wow Nick Saban when he camps in Tuscaloosa. Either way, Burrow has seen his recruiting steadily rise since the evaluation period began, and it would not shock us to see him pull in a couple offers from major Big Ten, Big 12 or even SEC players.
So far Burrow holds offers from Vanderbilt, BC, Maryland, Cincinnati, WVU, ECU, Kentucky, NC State, Minnesota, Virginia Tech, Iowa State and the MAC programs. Michigan State, OSU, Bama, Nebraska and some others of that ilk are keeping close tabs, meanwhile. At this point, WVU, which Burrow has visited and subsequently lauded, looks to be in good position, though Iowa State is a sentimental player (he grew up in Ames, Iowa, and has roots there). Burrow still may give Maryland -- he likes the zone-read offense and Big Ten move -- a shot with a College Park trip this summer, but we're not about to predict a Terps pop with the way his recruiting has developed.
Alex Hornibrook, Malvern Prep (Malvern, Pa.): We thought Maryland would show more interest in this 6-4, 195-pound gunslinger, but Hornibrook said he hasn't heard much from UMD of late. He just picked up his first FBS verbal from Rutgers and sounded thrilled with the Scarlet Knights. He's been in Piscataway before, has a relationship with the staff and believes he'll have a shot to contribute there.
Meanwhile, Virginia Tech has shown increased interest, while Illinois, UConn, Cincinnati, Temple, Kentucky and others have seen him throw. UMD was involved at one point, so perhaps the Terps try to get him down for a camp. He doesn't have current plans to stop by, however.
Sheriron Jones, Rancho Verde (Moreno Valley, Calif.) The four-star dual-threat picked up a Terps offer last week, and he did say he'd be giving UMD a "hard look." UMD quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator Mike Locksley went out to see Jones, and the two have already made a connection. At the same time, Jones has been talking up Oregon, Ohio State, Arizona, Florida, Arizona State and Colorado. The Buckeyes and Ducks haven't offered yet, but Jones is hoping each pull through. Maybe Maryland can make some noise here, but given his national profile he's not going to be an easy pull.
Travis Waller, Servite (Anaheim, Calif.): The second Cali quarterback to land a UMD offer last week, Waller seems like more of a longshot than Jones. He was thrilled when Alabama pulled through a couple days ago, and he's been pining for an Oregon scholarship for awhile now. Tennessee (offered) and Ohio State are also in play, with the Buckeyes possibly offering in short order. Waller will likely end up at one of those four programs.
Running Back News
Deltron Sands, Thomas Aquinas (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.): As late as May 17, Terps running back target Deltron Sands was all in with the Terps. The 5-8, 175-pounder said he was ready to pop before his spring game May 24 and was looking forward to playing in the Big Ten. He had a connection with recruiter Andre Powell, was eager to visit College Park this summer and had heard plenty of good things about the school in general. But after speaking to his parents and coaches last weekend, Sands did a 180 (OK, more like a 120). Before committing to UMD, he wants to see how the Terps perform in the Big Ten, because "I come from a program that does nothing but win … and I'm not sure they're going to win."
Now, instead of committing before the summer, Sands would like to wait until the fall so he can send out film and possibly secure more offers. He said schools such as Clemson, Florida State, Auburn, Florida and South Carolina have been in contact, and he believes CU, USC and AU could pull through. Sands still ha Maryland under consideration, and he still wants to officially visit this fall, but the Terps' standing is much more tenuous than before. (INTERVIEW).
Kesean Strong, Potomac (Oxon Hill, Md.): Strong recently added a Temple offer to go along with Buffalo, Marshall and Toledo. He's still searching for his first FBS verbal, but the feeling is he'll secure a couple following camp season. His coach, Ron Crump, has indicated that Maryland is keeping close tabs on Strong, and he wouldn't be shocked if the Terps anted up following a strong one-day showing this June. If so, Strong could very well wind up playing football in College Park. Stay tuned.
Javarius Davis, Ed White (Jacksonville, Fla.): Maryland recently offered this talented Sunshine State back, and he indicated he was going to give the Terps a look. Before speaking to Davis personally I talked to our Florida analyst, and he believed UMD had a real solid shot here given the in-roads area recruiter Keenan McCardell had made.
I got a bit of a different vibe following my interview with Davis, however. He has UMD among his top eight to 10 suitors, sure, but he doesn't know much about the program and wasn't completely sold on following through with said visit. Davis also said there were some other programs he was looking to secure offers from this summer.
Right now, the schools he has under consideration (some of which have not offered) include Miami, USC, North Carolina, Florida, Louisville, Wisconsin, Clemson and Penn State. UNC and Clemson have caught his eye, and he admitted he'd love to secure his share of SEC verbals.
Davis will visit about a dozen schools this summer with his coaches, and he's bound to lock up a few more offers. Ideally, he'd like to pick his college by the end of the summer. We'll see if he makes it to College Park -- and if the Terps can work their way into the game. (STORY).
DeShawn McClease, Oscar Smith (Chesapeake, Va.): McClease, who is set to visit College Park for the first time May 23, still has Maryland, North Carolina and Virginia Tech among his top three suitors. But, as we hinted he'd probably do, he's already thinking about changing it up. Purdue and Louisville just offered recently, and both have his attention and could receive visits this summer.
Right now, though, the only schools McClease is set to see are UMD, UNC, NC State and a return to Virginia Tech. Tech, the hometown program, is still considered a front-runner, but the feeling is UNC is right in the thick of things as well. Maryland has a real shot to elevate its standing, though, following the visit. He's been in touch with area recruiter Chad Wilt, sees an opportunity to contribute early, and likes the Big Ten shift.
McClease will probably release a firm favorites list following a few summer trips, but don't expect him to pop before his first game. His recruiting could very well drag into the fall, or maybe even after the season ends.
Brett Zanotto, LB/RB, Franklin Regional (Murrysville, Pa.): Zanotto (OK he's being recruited as a linebacker, but I fit him into the RB category for convenience) will visit Maryland for the first time June 1, and it's a trip he's eager to take. UMD is Zanotto's largest offer, and he's developed a rapport with area recruiter Greg Studrawa. He's also had a lengthy conversation with Randy Edsall, which hit home. Zanotto likes the school's marketing major opportunities, the Under Armour connection and Big Ten move too.
Zanotto, however, does not intend to commit while on campus. He's still holding out for the hometown Pittsburgh offer, and if the Panthers pull through following a June camp they could be his ultimate landing spot. But currently we think Maryland is in solid shape here, and if forced to choose today we'd predict a Terps pop later this summer. (STORY).
Dionte Austin, Calvert Hall: See above.
David Rose, Potomac (Oxon Hill, Md.): See above.
Kareem Ali, Timber Creek (Sicklerville, N.J.): Maryland is still very much involved, and might just lead, for the Jersey corner. We'll believe it when we see it, but it honestly wouldn't shock us if Ali picked the Terps based on his and his father's comments throughout the offseason (harping on academics, playing time, staff relationships, etc.). Ali is set to visit College Park either June 8 or 9, and the Terps will have a chance to make more of an impression then. They've been pursuing for him for months now, and the efforts might just pay off.
Of course, Ali also has Florida under heavy consideration, though we'll have to see how much the Gators actually push. He'd like to visit UF at some point this summer, though that's not set in stone.
Ali also said he'll be trekking to WVU and Pitt in early June, while Michigan State and North Carolina are on the radar too. Of those, West Virginia is very much involved and certainly has a shot at Ali, though UMD and UF are probably the teams to beat right now.
Juwuan Briscoe, Thomas Stone (Waldorf, Md.): As I mentioned in the last Shell, it would have been an upset if Briscoe left Death Valley without popping. The Tigers, which were his second FBS offer after Rutgers, were the favorites from the start, and on May 17 Briscoe took the plunge while on campus. Even before they started pursuing in earnest, Briscoe had an infatuation with the program, calling Clemson a dream school.
Briscoe did enjoy his visit to Maryland and had the Terps under consideration, but he didn't speak about the hometown program with the same enthusiasm as CU. A well-built, speedy converted running back, Briscoe would have been a solid addition to the UMD secondary. No use dwelling on it, though. Moving on.
William Lockett, Mavel (Texas): Maryland was on this Texas corner earlier this spring, and since then his recruiting has started to take off. In the last week he's added offers from Washington, Missouri, Wake Forest and Louisville, to go along with UMD, Houston, Indiana, Kentucky, LA Tech, Michigan State, Oregon State, Purdue and Tulsa. Mizzou seems to have caught his eye since it's in the SEC, while he said Louisville was a big offer as well. He has already set up visits for both those programs, in addition to Michigan State. He is also trying to hit the West Coast in order to see DubU and Oregon State.
Lockett still wants to make it up to College Park in June or July, and he told me he's still very interested in what UMD is offering. Maryland's academic opportunities and Keenan McCardell's efforts have stayed with him. If Lockett does make it to campus, UMD has a shot here, but we'll have to see what kind of impression the Mizzous and Michigan States of the world make before we elevate his status on the hot board.
Lockett wants to make his college selection before his senior year, likely in August.
Tyler Green, DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.): This safety-turned corner will be in College Park June 2 for a visit. Recall, in our last interview with him, Green said Maryland had a chance to make up some ground once he returned to campus; talked to the coaches; and learned more about the program's inner workings. Well, in less than two weeks Green will indeed give UMD that opportunity, and we'll have to see what Randy Edsall, area recruiter Mike Locksley and defensive backs coach Brian Stewart can pull off.
But after taking in UMD, Green will head to Ohio State for two days June 7-8. If he lands a Buckeyes offer at their camp, it's likely he'll commit to Urban Meyer. If not, well, that certainly helps the Terps' chances (along with UVA, another school that's firmly in play). Let's revisit this one in mid-June; by then we should have a better idea of where Green's recruiting is headed.
Jameel Cook, S, Ridge Point (Missouri City, Texas): Well, the SEC doors have officially opened in earnest. After securing a Mizzou offer in mid-May, Cook picked up Kentucky this week, along with Memphis. Arizona State, Colorado and Indiana have also verbaled. Cook has expressed plenty of interest in Arizona State, Mizzou and Kentucky of late, and we're beginning to grow skeptical about his intended Maryland visit. The Terps may be losing some ground here after initially catching his eye thanks to Keenan McCardell's overtures.
James Proche, WR, Prime Prep Academy (Dallas, Texas): Maryland recently offered this Lone Star State receiver, and he called it "a big one for me." Proche -- who holds offers from UMD, Wake, Houston, Louisville, TCU, SMU, Tulsa, North Texas and Colorado State -- said he loved Terps receiver Stefon Diggs and thinks it's cool how his recruiter, Keenan McCardell, is a Texas native and former NFL standout. He is scheduled to visit College Park for the first time June 28 for UMD's Under the Lights camp.
But while Proche's UMD interest seems sincere, there are other programs he's considering. He plans to visit Wake Forest and Louisville, in addition to others that offer. A familiar school, SMU, is firmly in play since it was his first offer, and he'd love to land a few southern suitors like Baylor, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, Texas A&M, Mississippi State, Tennessee and others.
Right now, if his visits go as planned, Proche wants to select his school by Aug. 29, which is the date of his first game. (STORY).
Jabari Greenwood, WR, Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.): Greenwood still is maintaining the same top five of Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan State, Rutgers and NC State. But I'm getting the overwhelming sense the Wildcats are the team to beat as he's continued to talk up the KU staff and offense. He'll be back at Kentucky this summer too and it wouldn't surprise if he popped while there. Greenwood does have a rapport with his Terps recruiter Mike Locksley and is fond of Keenan McCardell, but we would have liked UMD's chances better if his teammate, quarterback Nick Johns (UVA), committed to Maryland and could recruit him to College Park. Let's see if the Terps can turn this one around when Greenwood visits this summer.
J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, WR, Dorman (Spartanburg, S.C.): Arcega-Whiteside, who picked u a Terps offer about a month ago, has since added verbals from Pittsburgh, Virginia and Georgia Tech. While he still would like to visit Maryland and has a connection with area recruiter Andre Powell, his focus seems to have shifted to a few southern schools. Wake Forest has long been a standout, and he plans to camp at Clemson and Georgia Tech this summer. He said that the Jackets, Hoos, Panthers and Deacons are pressing the hardest for his services.
Irvin Charles, WR, Paul VI (Haddonfield, N.J.): Charles, a 20-plus offer wideout, has UMD in his top seven with Penn State, Louisville, Florida, Michigan State, South Carolina and Miami. He'll visit each of those schools this summer (he's only seen Rutgers, BC and PSU) before making a decision. The smart money right now is on PSU with the Florida schools right in play as well. We really haven't heard much Terps buzz with Charles until now, so we'll see if they can resonate a bit more following his College Park visit.
This Week's Hot Board Scratches
Scottie Washington, WR, St. John's: See above for explanation.
Juwuan Briscoe, CB, Thomas Stone: See above for explanation.
Kobe Marfo, CB, Hayfield (Quantico, Va.): He doesn't hold any offers yet and may fit better at the I-AA level. I'm not sensing a Terps push unless he wows at camp.
Gus Little, LB, Massaponax (Fredericksburg, Va.): Maryland showed initial interest in Little following a junior day, but he hasn't indicated the Terps would be offering. Since then, Boston College has verbaled, and the feeling is he'll commit to BC soon enough.
Channing Hames, DE/OLB, O'Connell (Arlington, Va.): Hames holds offers from BC, UConn, Marshall, Purdue, Temple, UVA, ODU, Wake and West Virginia. UMD has monitored him, but the Terps likely want him to camp before offering. Right now, I don't get the sense Hames is all that interested in Maryland and may pick from one of his current suitors.
DaVon Hamilton, DT, Pickerington Central (Pickerington, Ohio): Hamilton, who said UMD had shown interest earlier, holds Ohio and Toledo offers. He said BC, WVU, Kentucky and Michigan State have been in touch, and plans to camp at WVU, BC and Kentucky this summer. Hamilton made no mention of making it down to Maryland's camp.
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