Welcome to our next edition of Inside the Shell, the weekly Maryland football recruiting roundup.
The June 1 One-Day
Maryland hosted its first summer one-day camp June 1, and there were a handful of targets and potential targets who journeyed to College Park, Md., that Sunday morning. While most of the 150-plus in attendance were fringe recruits looking to get noticed, Terps targets like: Imhotep (Philadelphia, Pa.) receiver D.J. Moore, Northside (Roanoke, Va.) defensive tackle Chance Hall, St. Joseph's Montvale (Montvale, N.J.) center Tommy Hatton, Franklin Regional (Murrysville, Pa.) linebacker Brett Zanotto, Potomac (Oxon Hill, Md.) defensive tackle Keiron Howard, Potomac slot KeSean Strong and Massaponax (Fredericksburg, Va.) linebacker Gus Little.
At least three offer-caliber 2016 guys showed out as well, including St. John's (Washington, D.C.) defensive end Devante Brooks, Stafford Senior (Stafford, Va.) lineman Josh Ball and Imhotep defensive end Naseir Upshur.
A few of the recruits battling for a UMD look were: Greater Johnstown (Johnstown, Pa.) cornerback Kareem Gibson, Potomac cornerback David Rose, St. John's outside linebacker Eric Assoua, Wilson (Washington, D.C.) linebacker Kareem McDonald, North Point (Waldorf, Md.) quarterback Brandon Battle, McDonough (Pomfret, Md.) defensive end Mufu Taiwo, East SHS (West Chester, Pa.) defensive tackle Kevin Murphy, Westlake (Waldorf, Md.) outside linebacker Malachi Washington, Boiling Springs (S.C.) tight end Collin Reed, Liberty (Bealton, Va.) offensive lineman R.J. Proctor, Liberty (Bethlehem, Pa.) lineman Louis Csazar, Thomas Stone (Waldorf, Md.) cornerback Trey Lee and a few others.
Here's the deal with the main guys:
Tommy Hatton, OC: Hatton has a clear top four of Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia Tech. The Maryland camp was his first summer trip before hitting the latter three programs, so the Terps will have to continue pushing hard in order to haul in the Jersey center.
While having the first visit may not work to UMD's advantage, Hatton does have Maryland firmly in play. He's been on campus five times now, and on June 1 he raved about new offensive line coach Greg Studrawa. Hatton has a rapport with area recruiter Keith Dudzinski and went on to say that "I love the Terps, always have."
But next up Hatton will see three more schools he loves: Va Tech June 15, South Carolina June 19 and UNC June 21. He'll be staying overnight at North Carolina, a school he's high on because of his relationship with the staff. Hatton praised Larry Fedora and said the coaches have let him know he is "their No. 1 guy." North Carolina was one of his original favorites, and it remains heavily in play for him. The only question here is, If UNC lands another center commitment before Hatton decides (and yes, the Tar Heels have offered another recruit), will the Jersey product be out of luck?
South Carolina, Hatton's stated "dream offer," is right in the game, though Hatton is not a clear lock for the Gamecocks. There are some questions as to whether or not USC would accept his commitment considering the Cocks already have a center on board. Moreover, Hatton said South Carolina is now recruiting him at guard, and he might not be entirely keen on that prospect. Even so, Hatton has long favored the Gamecocks, so it wouldn't shock us if he eventually ended up there.
Va Tech, meanwhile, was Hatton's most recent offer, and one of the main reasons the Hokies are in play is their offensive line coach. Hatton said he's high on the Tech staff and is looking forward to taking in Blacksburg in mid-June.
The feeling on this end is that Hatton ends up at one of the Carolina programs, unless he somehow slips through the cracks. If USC and UNC opt to go in a different direction, well, he could fall into Maryland's lap. We'll know by July 4, when Hatton plans to announce his decision. (INTERVIEW).
Brett Zanotto, ILB: The Pennsylvania linebacker made the three-hour trip to College Park along with his grandparents, and it was quite clear the Terps left an impression on him. He appreciated not only how linebackers coach Keith Dudzinski worked with him, but also how all the coaches took care of his grandparents on the long, hot day. Zanotto called the campus "beautiful," said Randy Edsall's message really resonated, and mentioned that he immediately connected with the whole staff. Hoping to major in marketing, Zanotto likes the opportunities Maryland's connection with Under Armour provides.
Zanotto also holds offers from Boston College, Syracuse, EMU, CMU, Toledo and UMass, and will visit the Eagles and Orange in the next couple weeks before announcing his decision later this month or in July. He claimed a top two of UMD and SU, and the feeling here is the Terps hold the edge. (INTERVIEW).
D.J. Moore, WR: Moore, a double-digit offer guy, was all smiles after his first trip to College Park, lauding the campus, the coaches and the program. He said he got along really well with the entire staff and has the Terps as one of his top suitors early in the game. Area recruiter John Dunn has made in-roads and Moore said he has a developing relationship with him.
But while Moore was impressed with UMD, it was just the start of Imhotep's long camp tour. Rutgers, another school he visited, has caught his eye early, while Indiana, Duke, Wake Forest, Illinois and others are pushing for his services. Moore is set to see the Blue Devils June 7, and if offered Duke would become one of his top suitors. After that trip, Moore and Co. will head to schools in the North and Midwest before trekking back to Pennsylvania to see some regional programs.
When the summer tours are over, Moore will trim down his extensive offer list. He does not plan to announce his college destination until after his senior season, so his recruiting is bound to ebb and flow. (INTERVIEW).
Gus Little, LB: Another inside linebacker on the radar, Maryland offered Little at the camp. The Terps have been keeping tabs on him for several months, and he's been up to College Park three times now. Following the offer, Little said he "definitely liked what I saw at Maryland." He noted how he learned plenty from linebackers coach Keith Dudzinski, and has a rapport with recruiter Lyndon Johnson. He praised the campus, the Big Ten move and the academics alike, while mentioning that he could "definitely see myself in their [defensive] scheme."
Boston College, though, is another prime contender and Little visited the Eagles June 4 for an overnight stay. BC has been considered the favorite for some time, and the Virginia backer said the staff and its reputation for producing top-flight linebackers means a lot. Marshall is also in play, but it will probably come down to Maryland and BC for Little, with a decision set for some time this summer. The Eagles may hold an edge considering they've been on him the longest and pushed the hardest. (STORY.
Keiron Howard, DT: Howard, who holds offers from UMD, Temple, New Mexico, Buffalo and others, didn't want to reveal too much after the camp, but it was clear from his body language how high he is on Maryland. Ever since the Terps offered and area recruiter Mike Locksley began recruiting him in earnest, Howard's had naught but positive comments about the hometown program.
He'd been on campus before, but Howard thoroughly enjoyed the camp experience, connecting with defensive line coach Chad Wilt. Most of all, though, he likes how College Park is just a few minutes from his home. Howard has a couple more camps such as Temple coming up, but we're inclined to forecast him for UMD at some point this June or July. (Tennessee, an original Howard favorite, will likely not accept his commitment.) (INTERVIEW).
KeSean Strong, Slot: A high school running back, Strong made it sound like Maryland is recruiting him as a slot receiver and returner. Following the camp, though, Strong probably wouldn't have cared if the UMD staff wanted him to play center. He had a permanent smile etched on his face when Randy Edsall let him know the Terps' offer was on the table, and in our subsequent interview with him he was obviously excited about it.
Strong had said for a couple months how much a hometown scholarship would mean to him, and now he has one in hand. The chance to play in the Big Ten, show out in front of family and play for offensive coordinator Mike Locksley all hit home with Strong. He also holds offers from New Mexico, Temple, Buffalo, ODU, Marshall and others.
The only surprise here is that Strong hasn't committed yet, and that's probably just because he already had a couple scheduled visits (Buffalo, Temple) and wanted to honor those. We expect him to jump on board with UMD in short order unless something unforeseen materializes. (INTERVIEW).
Chance Hall, DT: Hall's recruiting has exploded since he picked up his first offer from Maryland last year. Now, Notre Dame, North Carolina, Purdue, NC State, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, Tennessee, Syracuse, Duke and others are all in play. Even so, Hall has kept the Terps on the brain and has been in College Park at least three times in the last couple years. He has a budding relationship with new Terps area recruiter Chad Wilt, who doubles as the position coach, and he's left an impression on Hall.
Hall has plenty of visits coming up, though, including NC State, UNC, Vanderbilt, Notre Dame, UVA and possibly others. (He had previously been to Wake, NC State, Vanderbilt and Tennessee back during the spring).
The Virginia lineman isn't claiming any favorites and said all his suitors are making an equally hard push, but the consensus is UNC could lead, and Notre Dame might be tough to turn down. At this point, we're not ready to list Hall any higher than "cold" on the hot board. (INTERVIEW).
The Fringe Guys
The only two seniors to earn offers based on their camp performances were KeSean Strong and Gus Little, but there are others who the staff will probably take a closer look at.
McDonough defensive end Mufu Taiwo is a new name that emerged. A strapping, well-built recruit, Taiwo opened the coaches' eyes with his get-off, strength and size. Taiwo said he's being closely monitored and will return for a second UMD camp later in June. It's conceivable the staff could offer then, and if so, well, the Terps might just be able to land an on-the-spot commitment. (STORY).
Kareem Gibson, who is originally from Prince George's County, has been pining for a UMD verbal for some time now, and he's made no secret Maryland would become one of his top suitors if they pulled through. Pittsburgh, UVA, WVU and a couple others are in play currently, with the Panthers considered the leaders. (STORY).
The local cornerback David Rose is someone I've written about before, mainly because he looks the part. He's tall, rangy and fairly quick, and I expect UMD will watch him closely this fall. He's another Potomac recruit the Terps could jump on and probably pull in if they offered.
St. John's linebacker Eric Assoua was one guy I thought could've easily landed the coveted hometown verbal. During my last discussion with Assoua he hinted that UMD really liked his game, and his head coach backed those comments up. But Assoua said he's still being evaluated and isn't sure whether the Terps will ante up this summer. If not, Assoua may just take his Boston College offer.
Pennsylvania defensive tackle Kevin Murphy, recall, took a personal UMD campus visit last month and said the staff had been in close contact. He suggested that after a one-day camp he could very well land an offer, which he'd highly consider taking. But Murphy's chance has come and gone, and still he waits. We'll see if the Terps pull through later during the process, but for now the staff may have other targets ranked a couple notches ahead of Murphy.
Kareem McDonald is in a similar boat to Murphy. For months the D.C. linebacker has suggested the Maryland offer was coming, and he was sure the Terps would pull the trigger following his June 1 performance. But several days later McDonald is still waiting for the hometown verbal. Right now, McDonald, who has numerous lower Division I and Division I-AA offers, probably isn't quite what UMD is looking for in a Big Ten outside linebacker.
I've met the quarterback Battle a couple times, and I can tell you he has the size (6-3) and a solid arm, not to mention terrific character. But I'm not so sure he's an FBS-level quarterback, unless he shows vast improvements his senior year. I expect the Terps, who are looking for triggermen, to watch him closely this fall and see if he makes any strides as a pure passer.
Collin Reed, the tight end from South Carolina, holds a slew of lower Division I and I-AA offers, and at this point that may be his best fit. He admitted he didn't run particularly well at the camp, and said the Terps' staff let him know there were a couple other tight ends higher on their board. We'll see if the Terps revisit him down the road.
Last but not least, Westlake's Malachi Washington looks like a player, though I can't vouch for how he's performed in pads. He's done enough to secure offers from ODU and several I-AA programs, but I haven't heard of a Terps push of yet.
The 2016 Guys
There were a pair of 2016 offers that went out June 1, one to Stafford lineman Josh Ball and the other to Imhotep defensive end/tight end Naseir Upshur. In addition, longtime offeree Devante Brooks was also in attendance.
Ball, who previously held verbals from ODU and Marshall, was absolutely thrilled and went on and on about the Maryland staff. He genuinely enjoyed working with line coach Greg Studrawa, while his family in general liked being on campus and interacting with the staff. Ball figures to secure his share of scholarships before it's all said and done, but it bodes well that UMD is on the bandwagon early.
Upshur, on the other hand, was not a surprise offer. The kid had 16 big ones before Maryland threw its name into the hat June 1. Even so, Upshur gave plenty of positive feedback and said he learned a good amount from the UMD coaches. He appreciated their energy and enthusiasm during the camp, and afterwards said Maryland had his attention. We'll see what he's thinking in a year, though, as it's still very early in the game.
As for Brooks, Terps fans basically know the deal there now. UMD got in there his freshman year and is one of the top schools on his ever-expanding list. He has a terrific rapport with area recruiter Mike Locksley and has been on campus numerous times. Some of his other offers include Va Tech (a school that has caught his eye), Illinois, Iowa, Rutgers, NC State, Nebraska and Tennessee.
Defensive Back News
Ashton White, CB, Bishop McNamara (Forestville, Md.): White has never tried to hide his affinity for Maryland, and he reaffirmed his position following a June 4 College Park visit with his family. White called the trip "better than I expected" and subsequently named UMD his No. 1 suitor. He came away praising everything from the coaches to the academics to the players to the university's future plans.
White, who will be returning to Maryland later this month, has a longstanding relationship with area recruiter Mike Locksley; could see himself playing under Brian Stewart; and believes in Randy Edsall's tenants for a student-athlete. The indoor facility plans, the new player dorms, the Big Ten shift and the educational opportunities all hit home with the local corner. On top of that, White's parents immediately connected with Edsall and sopped up the student-athlete APR rate numbers.
The McNamara corner will visit UVA (offered) June 14, Notre Dame (no offer) June 21 and Michigan State (no offer) June 28, so UMD may have to fend off a couple pursuers, but Maryland is in a very good spot here. Unless a school like UND antes up and complicates matters, we think White is a Terp before it's all said and done. (STORY).
Tyler Green, CB/S, DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.): When I last interviewed Tyler Green, he said his interest in Maryland was "medium" or "warm," but he added a caveat: That status could very well change after he met with the coaches and saw the school again. Well, the DeMatha corner did just that June 2, and apparently his mind did change.
Green's head coach, Elijah Brooks, said his cornerback connected with Mike Locksley, Brian Stewart and Randy Edsall and now has UMD "at the top of his list." The chance to make an early impact, learn under Stewart and play in the Big Ten all sat well with the DeMatha defensive back.
Green also holds offers from UVA, NC State, Indiana and Hawaii, and has the Cavaliers in play, but Brooks suggested the Terps hold the edge. The one program, for now, that could possibly vault ahead of UMD is Ohio State. Green will camp in Columbus this weekend and had suggested earlier the Buckeyes would become the prohibitive favorites should they offer. Brooks said Green has since backed off that line of thinking, but we'll know for sure by June 9.
After that, Green should have a fairly clear idea about his college situation. He could come to a decision at some point this month or in July. (STORY).
Jameel Cook, S, Ridge Point (Missouri City, Texas): In the last Shell we suggested Maryland was right in the game for the Texas safety, and May 30 I confirmed it. Cook has a deep rapport with area recruiter Keenan McCardell, who has a relationship with Cook's father (the former NFL fullback by the same name) and has known the family for years. Randy Edsall has also made overtures, stressing how much Maryland wants and needs Cook in its defense.
Apparently Cook is listening, because he called Maryland his No. 1 school and said he's eager to visit College Park this July. Kentucky (another school he'll check out) is currently running second, while Arizona State and Mizzou are in play, but the Texas safety insisted the Terps were at the top.
Cook, however, said he won't be announcing his college decision until November or December, which is worrisome for Terps aficionados. Although he said he won't get starry-eyed, the delayed decision likely means his recruiting will (you guessed it) ebb and flow, ebb and flow. (STORY).
Kareem Ali, CB, Timber Creek (Sicklerville, N.J.): We've discussed this top Terps Jersey target time and again, and it looks like we could finally have a resolution on his recruitment this month. Ali just claimed a new top four of Pittsburgh, Maryland, West Virginia and Louisville, with the notable omission being Florida. Ali said he ruled out UF because it was too far from home, but the feeling on this end is the Gators simply didn't push.
Regardless, it's down to four with the Cardinals, Mountaineers and Terps likely claiming the lead. Maryland is in a good position here what with area recruiter Keith Dudzinski's message resonating with the Ali family. The fact UMD has a solid academic reputation and a defensive backs coach with NFL experience (Brian Stewart) are also significant factors working in UMD's favor. But Louisville has worked its way into the picture, and Ali seems to be warming up to the Cardinals' staff of late. In fact, he could very well be favoring U of L right now. WVU has been in the game for awhile, but the Mountaineers may sit just behind the aforementioned pair.
Ali will visit Pittsburgh June 6, Maryland June 7, West Virginia June 8 and Louisville June 9. The fact the Cardinals have last dibs bodes well for them, but UMD is going to have a real shot here. The Ali family has been in College Park before, and maybe Edsall, Stewart and Dudzinski can convince him to pop before he leaves Maryland for WVU.
William Lockett, CB, Manvel (Texas): Lockett recently claimed a top five of Missouri, Michigan State, Louisville, Washington and Maryland. At this point, though, UMD may be on the outer fringes of that top five.
Lockett plans to visit Mizzou, the favorite, June 6, followed by Louisville June 7 and Kentucky June 8. Later on this month he'll make it up to Michigan State, another prime contender. He still isn't sure whether or not he'll see College Park, though he told me he'd like to if he has time.
The latter statement alone suggests Lockett probably isn't quite as interested in UMD as the other four primary suitors. Lockett, however, does have a rapport with area recruiter Keenan McCardell, and it's conceivable UMD's active, enthusiastic receivers' coach could push Maryland up the list.
Right now, Lockett wants to have his college selected at some point this summer. He originally set a June 28 announcement date, but has since pushed that back to later in July or August. That could potentially work in UMD's favor as it would give him more time to see other locales like College Park and Washington.
Kobe Marfo, CB, Hayfield (Alexandria, Va.): Marfo is an under-the-radar talent who said Maryland is still in touch often enough. He recently added his first offer from Norfolk State, and Division I-AA probably suits him best unless he wows during one-days.
Marfo will be camping at Maryland June 28 in hopes of drawing UMD's attention. He has heavy Terps interest and could be a pop-on-the-spot candidate, though he'll really have to show out in order to secure the scholarship. Marfo also wants to camp/visit Wake Forest, Clemson, Boston College, Tennessee, ODU and Michigan this summer.
Running Back News
Deltron Sands, St. Thomas Aquinas (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.): It wasn't unexpected, but earlier this week Maryland running back commit Deltron Sands texted me that he'll be attending a few camps this summer before venturing up to College Park June 28. Sands said previously that Florida was a school he had high interest in, and he'll be in Gainesville June 14 for the Gators' one-day. The Sunshine State back is also looking to camp at South Florida, followed by Cincinnati on June 21.
Even after Sands committed to UMD we were leery he'd actually sign on the dotted line come February, and these camp dates suggest he is in fact looking for more offers. He insists Maryland is still his No. 1 school, but we'll see if he's still singing that tune by the end of the summer or fall. The hope for Terps fans is that UMD blows him away during the June 28 "Under the Lights" camp, and then follows up with a strong Big Ten campaign, which would probably solidify their standing with Sands.
Javarius Davis, Ed White (Jacksonville, Fla.): Davis recently announced a top five of Clemson, North Carolina, Louisville, Wisconsin and Maryland and said he'd be making his decision July 21. So why did we recently remove Davis from the hot board when he has the Terps in his top five? Well, we get the feeling UMD may be running fourth or fifth on that list.
Area recruiter Keenan McCardell did well to get in there with the 20-plus offer athlete, and Davis did express some interest in visiting College Park, but we're skeptical he'll actually make it to campus. North Carolina has made a hard charge and has Davis' firm attention, and Wisconsin is right there for him as well. It wouldn't surprise us to see him choose one of those two schools when he announces in July.
Bryce Love, Wake Forest-Rolesville (Wake Forest, N.C.): We scratched this four-star primetime runner from the hot board a couple months ago. He is a Terps target and offeree, but he really never expressed much interest in the school. That said, he will be visiting College Park June 7, which will be his first time at Maryland.
Yes, that is significant news, but it's just one stop on an extensive summer tour. Love began the summer with a trip to UNC followed by NC State, and next up he'll hit Duke and UMD. After that, it's Tennessee, USC, Florida, Georgia, Auburn and maybe LSU. Like Davis, Love seems to be leaning towards North Carolina, though South Carolina could also be a major player.
DeShawn McClease, Oscar Smith (Chesapeake, Va.): There isn't really much new with McClease other than he's pretty sure he'll be visiting North Carolina in two weeks, and Virginia Tech soon thereafter. Recall, McClease recently tripped to College Park for the first time and has the Terps among his top three suitors, along with the aforementioned two. A UMD priority, McClease likes Maryland's offense; the chance to play in the Big Ten; the Under Armour connection and the fact that he could make an early impact.
The Terps are in the thick of things, though the feeling is they still may have some ground to make up on in-state favorite Va Tech and UNC. Purdue and Indiana, two schools he'd like to officially visit in September, are somewhat in play, though we're not so sure he winds up at either.
McClease, of course, has said other schools could very well enter the mix should they offer this summer, so we'll see where he stands in August. He wants to announce his decision by October since he'll be graduating high school early.
Jonathan Forrest, New Rochelle (N.Y.): This New York back has been on the hot board for months, and apparently the Terps are still in touch with him. Forrest, who has Army and Monmouth offers, said Lyndon Johnson has kept tabs and he'll be camping at UMD sometime this June. Forrest will also attend Rutgers, UMass, Wake Forrest, UConn, Temple and UVA one-days in hopes of drawing some FBS attention. Forrest doesn't have any favorites, but if a major program takes a chance on him it would almost immediately vault to the top of his list. We'll see if the Terps pounce later this summer.
Receiver/Tight End News
Jabari Greenwood, Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.): Greenwood made his way over to College Park for the first time since a winter junior day June 2. The top Terps target did come away impressed and said he connected well with Randy Edsall, Keenan McCardell and his recruiter, Mike Locksley. He mentioned how the chance to play under a former NFL receiver in McCardell would be a great opportunity for him, while Locksley's continuous "stay home" overtures have stayed with him. The Big Ten move, the new facility plans and the academics also have Greenwood considering UMD.
But the local wideout still does not have Maryland among his top three suitors. He admitted Kentucky (the favorite), NC State and Michigan State held the edge over Illinois, Rutgers and UMD. Greenwood said there was still a chance for the Terps to work their way up his list, but right now it looks like he'll be Kentucky or possibly MSU bound. Wildcats coach Mark Stoops and the Kentucky offense have Greenwood's attention, and it wouldn't shock us to see him end up in Lexington.
Greenwood will visit MSU, Illinois and Rutgers this summer, and he might take in UVA (where his teammate, Nick Johns, is committed) and Ohio State, which has been in touch, too. Ideally, Greenwood would like to have his destination chosen by the end of the summer, though that could change. (STORY).
David Gardner, Atlantic Coast (Jacksonville, Fla.): Gardner, who claimed a Terps offer but doesn't have a committable scholarship just yet, will be camping in College Park June 28. It's quite possible he picks up the verbal then, and if so UMD would become one of his top suitors (if not the leader). Gardner, who has a "buddy-like" relationship with area recruiter Keenan McCardell, knows all about elite Terps receiver Stefon Diggs and likes how the Terps' offense works.
Gardner currently holds offers from UAB, Cincinnati, Eastern Michigan and others of that ilk, while Illinois, Maryland Louisville, Tulane, Florida, USF, Georgia Southern and others are monitoring him. He doesn't have any clear favorites but is on the lookout for some FBS suitors.
J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, Dorman (Roebuck, S.C.): Arcega-Whiteside just added a Cincinnati offer and now holds verbals from CU, Georgia Tech, Maryland, Wake Forest, ODU, UVA, Navy, Miami of Ohio and a bunch of I-AA programs. This summer he plans to camp at Georgia, Duke and Auburn to try and attract interest from those schools as well.
Arcega-Whiteside does like what he's hearing from Maryland and area recruiter Andre Powell, and he will visit College Park this summer. He said he's "definitely" looking forward to meeting the staff and seeing what the school has to offer.
But it's still early in the game, and he doesn't have any stated favorites, though nearby Wake Forest could hold an edge. Arcega-Whiteside has been in Winston Salem several times and has a close connection with the Wake staff. North Carolina, should it offer, is another school he'll look closely at.
Jake Pickard, TE, Millburn (N.J.): We were inclined to reinsert Pickard on the hot board when he said he definitely wanted to camp at Maryland and was in touch with area recruiter Keith Dudzinski. But Pickard just texted me last week that he's actually changed his mind and does not plan to come to College Park -- barring another change in thinking.
Pickard already has plenty of offers to consider, and has expressed solid interest in Purdue, BC, Rutgers and Louisville. He did camp at Michigan State and will be at PSU's one-day this weekend before hitting up Ohio State later in June. If none of those "name" suitors pull through, expect him to pop to a BC or Purdue.
Rashad Blunt, WR, Creekside (Jacksonville, Fla.): It looks like the infatuation with Maryland is over for Blunt, who never received the coveted UMD offer. He recently added a verbal from Pitt, and also has scholarships from ECU, Temple, Troy, Miami of Ohio, FAU, and the like. He said he's hearing the most from programs such as Indiana, Louisville, Purdue, USF, Michigan State, Iowa State and South Carolina -- with no mention of Maryland.
Blunt also put out a top five of Cincinnati, FAU, Pitt, Troy and ECU. He plans to camp at Clemson, a stated favorite that has not offered, along with South Carolina, while he'll be visiting Pitt this summer. Of his current offers, Pittsburgh may lead.
Auden Tate, WR, Wharton (Tampa, Fla.): This four-star Florida receiver released a top 10 of Michigan, Georgia, Florida State, Florida, Ohio State, Miami, Missouri, Maryland, South Carolina and Clemson. We haven't really heard much Terps buzz around him, and he was never included on the hot board. Florida State is considered a front-runner, while Michigan has been one of his longtime favorites. It's likely he'll choose one of those two programs.
James Proche, WR, Prime Prep Academy (Dallas, Texas): Proche had a Maryland offer and said he was eager to visit College Park. He had a budding relationship with area recruiter Keenan McCardell and felt he could fit into UMD's scheme. But Proche had long been high on in-state offer SMU, and on June 5 he popped to the Mustangs. The relationship he had with the staff, the new aerial attack offense and the chance to play near home were some of the reasons he picked SMU over offers from UMD, TCU, North Texas,Houston, Arkansas State, Colorado State and Tulsa.
Defensive Line News
Mbi Tanyi, DT, Bush (Sugar Land, Texas): A couple weeks after calling the Terps and Houston Cougars "50-50" in his mind, this Texas defensive tackle is back on the UMD bandwagon. In fact, unless the Maryland staff chooses to go in another direction, Tanyi projects to be a Terp June 29, which is when he wants to make his decision. Tanyi said he'll be camping at UMD -- his second trip to campus -- June 28 and then will decide a day later, which is kind of like a dead giveaway.
The Texas tackle did just pick up new offers from UTEP and Colorado, but he said neither program really interests him at this point since each jumped into the fray late. He still has Houston under consideration and may attend a Cougars' camp, but right now they look to be running second to UMD. Maryland's pre-med program, coaching staff and the Big Ten move have all hit home with Tanyi. (STORY).
Austrian Robinson, DE, Trinity-Pawling (Pawling, N.Y.): The Terps have been after Robinson for some time now, and the New York defensive end will be visiting UMD June 7 for the first time. He has a connection with area recruiter Lyndon Johnson and defensive line coach Chad Wilt, and for now seems to have the Terps among his top suitors.
Robinson is most familiar with Boston College and Rutgers, two schools he's visited multiple times, and has said each stand out for now, but that could easily change this summer. Maryland, Syracuse, Pittsburgh, UCF, Ole Miss (no offer), Miami (no offer) and Penn State (no offer) could receive visits in the next couple months, and more schools may enter the mix if/when they extend scholarships.
Regardless of who jumps on board and how these trips go, don't expect Robinson to commit anytime soon. He's set on waiting until after his senior film is evaluated before moving too far forward in the recruiting process. Robinson also wants to take official visits after the season.
Robinson, who holds verbals from UMD, UVA, RU, BC, SU, ODU, UCF, Pitt and others, is beginning to build up quite a profile, and his offer list is bound to grow as the months fly by. As we're wont say, his recruiting is bound to ebb and flow, ebb and flow.
David Ryslik, DT, The Peddle School (Hightstown, N.J.): Ryslik has offers from Cincinnati, UConn, Duke, Syracuse and Temple, in addition to I-AA suitors. But numerous others are monitoring him and could pull the trigger following one-day season. Maryland, Rutgers, BC, Georgia Tech, Penn State and more are in contact, and Ryslik would like to camp at all of them. He said he'll be at PSU and RU "for sure," and then go from there.
Recall, Ryslik said the Terps have kept in regular contact and have urged him to visit the school. He has not done so yet, but is looking forward to it this summer since he's intrigued by the school's academics, Big Ten move and coaching staff.
Ryslik could make a summertime college decision, though that's not set in stone.
Darius Fullwood, DE, Good Counsel (Olney, Md.): Fullwood has been off the UMD radar for awhile now, and we were content to write him off altogether. After all, Fullwood claimed more than 20 offers, of which Maryland wasn't one, and recently announced a top five of Kentucky, Ohio State, Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech and Miami. But the thinking here is some of Fullwood's offers probably aren't committable at this time, which could be why he returned from presumed favorite Ohio State's camp without popping. At this point, it's difficult to say what schools truly want him and which want to see some senior film first.
With that question lingering, Fullwood hasn't closed the book on the hometown school. In fact, he plans to camp at UMD June 8 to try and secure a scholarship. Remember, Fullwood grew up a Terps fan and has always held the school in high regard. Moreover, he wants to major in business and said he is highly interested in Maryland's MBA. It will be interesting to see what the UMD staff thinks of Fullwood following the camp.
He also plans to see Kentucky June 11 and Va Tech June 14 before making a decision June 28. Stay tuned.
Micah Dew-Treadway, DE, Bolingbrook (Ill.): I had to scratch Dew-Treadway, who holds a Maryland offer, from the hot board this week. The emerging defensive end added an offer from Notre Dame, and the Irish immediately became his stated favorite. Dew-Treadway is set to visit UND June 11, and he could very well pop to the Irish while on campus.
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Joe Giles-Harris, LB, St. Joseph's Montvale: Maryland is still somewhat in the game for Giles-Harris' teammate, Tommy Hatton, but the Terps are presumably out for the Jersey linebacker. Giles-Harris committed to Duke, a school he was high on for some time, June 5 over offers from UMD, Syracuse, Rutgers, Northwestern, Wisconsin, Boston College, Arizona State, WVU, Illinois, NC State and Temple. He suggested a couple weeks ago that Maryland was still in play given his relationship with Keith Dudzinski and connections to the area, and even said he was looking forward to visiting College Park again this summer. But Duke's academics and Giles-Harris' rapport with the staff trumed his other contenders. Not to mention his brother, a star lacrosse player, is committed to Duke as well.
Jamie Gordinier, LB, Red Bank Catholic (Red Bank, N.J.): Another Jersey backer the Terps were pursuing recently named a top three that did not include UMD. Gordinier, who had Maryland under solid consideration due to his relationship with Keith Dudzinski and the school's academics, is now focusing on Miami, Boston College and Duke.
The Hurricanes, which already hosted Gordinier once, are considered the favorites. Miami's staff has made a strong push for him, and Gordinier said he loved "everything about the school." BC is also firmly in play following a visit to Chestnut Hill where Gordinier connected with the players and has a rapport with defensive coordinator Don Brown.
Duke may be running third behind the other two, but Gordinier has the Devils in play due to their strong academics and the personal attention he received on his visit to Durham.
Cameron Bell, OL, Nordonia (Macedonia, Ohio): Bell picked up a Terps offer recently, and we were inclined to add him to the hot board. This 6-8, 340 pounder looked to be flying under the radar, holding offers from only Toledo, Bowling Green, EMU and Ohio, in addition to the one FBS verbal from UMD. The fact the Terps were his largest verbal to date suggested he'd be interested in giving them a look, but apparently not. Soon after picking up said scholarship, Bell popped to longtime in-state suitor Toledo and said he's 100 percent firm in his commitment. Moving on.
Blake Camper, OT, Cox (Virginia Beach, Va.): Camper's recruiting has taken off, and he now has offers from UVA, Wake Forest, UMD, WVU, Rutgers, Northwestern, NC State, Miami, Marshall, Louisville and ECU. Wisconsin and Nebraska are considering offering as well.
But even as Camper's profile has risen, he still remains highly interested in Maryland. He's been on campus about four times now and is scheduling a return trip this June or July. Area recruiter Chad Wilt, head coach Randy Edsall and the rest of the staff have done well here, while UMD's academics resonated with both Camper and his family.
Camper also has solid interest in Rutgers and plans to be back in Piscataway, while he just returned from a Miami visit talking up the Canes. Wisconsin, should it offer, would be another major suitor as Camper appreciates the university's tradition and had a great time during a previous Badger Country foray.
The plan now is for Camper to see a couple more schools and list a top five by August. He'd like to have his decision made before his senior year.
Sheriron Jones, QB, Rancho Verde (Moreno Valley, Calif.): Jones, who has the Terps under consideration somewhat, just finished a visit with one of his top suitors, Tennessee, and is set to visit Florida this weekend. The feeling is he may not leave Gainesville without committing. If he's not a Gator sometime soon, it'll be considered an upset.
Evan Adams, OT, Norwalk (Conn.): This big 300-pound Connecticut lineman claims offers from Syracuse, UMass, UConn and Maryland. He just visited SU, however, and came away raving. In fact, he basically said it was only a matter of time before he committed. Adams is going to trek to Maryland June 12 for a visit, but he said the trip would really have to blow him away to knock the Orange from the No. 1 spot. We'll see what he's thinking after he sees College Park, but right now he looks like SU's to lose.
Kai Locksley, QB, Gilman (Baltimore, Md.): The local gunslinger trimmed his favorites down to a top six (no order): Auburn, Va Tech, Maryland, Texas, Oregon and FSU. Miami, Ohio State, Ole Miss and Baylor were eliminated.
It's worth noting that Auburn, Florida State and Texas have quarterback commitments in the 2015 class, though it's not clear whether that would deter Locksley from choosing a program like Texas, which has a solid relationship with the family. Virginia Tech could be a good fit and a presumptive leader considering the Hokies have worked with quarterbacks of Locksley's ilk before. And no, we still don't feel all that great about Maryland's chances right now. We'll see if something changes before Locksley chooses his school in late August.
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