Brian Walsh Closing in On a Decision

Brian Walsh, one of the top targets on Maryland's recruiting board for the Class of 2008, is nearing a decision. Here's the latest:

Mike Walsh, Brian's father, told Tuesday that his son plans to choose from among his final three schools – Maryland, Xavier and St. Joe's – before the end of June, and possibly sooner than that.

"We originally thought that we'd make a decision by the early signing period in November, but the way things have been going I expect it to be sooner than that," Mike Walsh said. "A couple more schools have been trying to [get into the picture] but we've told them that we're pleased" with the final three choices.

Brian Walsh, a 6-foot-4 shooting guard from Moon High (Pa.), has been on the Terps' radar for quite some time and seems to have become the coaching staff's top priority at shooting guard several months ago. He brings a deadly three-point stroke and a GPA in the high 3s to the table.

Schools such as Pitt, Memphis and West Virginia offered him scholarships as well, but he seemingly was leaning toward the aforementioned trio all along. It seems that Maryland and Xavier are the primary competitors for his commitment; Mike Walsh played youth basketball for Xavier coach Sean Miller's father before going on to play baseball at Ohio University.

He has been trying to keep his son shielded from much of the attention and questions surrounding his pending commitment.

"He's kind of in shutdown mode," Mike Walsh said.

He admitted it will be difficult to turn down an offer to play for Maryland and in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

"Xavier and Maryland, those are both top-20 programs. Obviously with Maryland, you've got the ACC abd Gary Williams. That speaks for itself," he said. "The ACC is very attractive in that you can go into North Carolina or Duke or really any conference opponent, and it'll be a big-time atmosphere. The A-10, you don't have that from top to bottom, but you do have some great rivalries."

Walsh's decision could directly affect the recruitment of Baltimore standout shooting guard Sean Mosley, who also holds a Terps offer and is expected to announce sometime this summer.

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