Terps Recruiting Overview Part II: Offense
Mike Glennon (Chantilly, Va.): Glennon is very similar to blue-chipper E.J. Manuel in stature and arm strength and accuracy. He lacks the athletic ability that has made Manuel so highly sought after, but he remains one of the top quarterback prospects in the Mid-Atlantic. The younger brother of Virginia Tech quarterback Sean, Mike led perennial Virginia power Westfield to an 11-1 record, throwing for over 1,600 yards and 18 touchdowns as a junior.
Favorites: Glennon has not publicly named a list of favorites. He has offers from Maryland as well as Virginia, Virginia Tech, Miami and Michigan, among others. It is thought, however, that he could be leaning towards N.C. State. While Glennon lives in Virginia, Maryland is the local school, as it's just about an hour drive from Chantilly.
Fighting it out in camp: Kyle Frazier (Damascus, Md.) and Wayne Warren (Salisbury, Md.) are two of the top quarterback prospects that will look to gain an offer at Maryland's summer camps.
Frazier is a pro-style quarterback and while he plays in a run-dominated offense at Damascus, he still threw for 15 touchdowns this past season. He camped last Thursday and was one of the most impressive quarterbacks that day. Frazier has expressed interest in possibly staying close to home, and would likely commit if Maryland if it offers.
Warren's coach, Dave Nettles, believes Warren would have many more offers if he played on the other side of the Bay. Currently he holds scholarships from Syracuse, Stanford and a recent offer from SEC powerhouse Auburn. Warren wants to play quarterback but could end up at any number of skill positions because of his athletic ability.
Who else? With some of Maryland's top targets coming off the board recently and E.J. Manuel committing to Florida State on Wednesday, it is uncertain who the Terps will target next. Dual-threat New Jersey native Demetrius Richardson is a possibility.
Lamaar Thomas (Fort Washington, Md.): Thomas might have been overshadowed last year as Joe Haden starred for Friendly, but this year he will get the opportunity to show why he's one of the top athletes in the country. Speed is the name of his game; Thomas ran the fastest 100 meter at the state championships and came in fourth at the Nike Outdoor Nationals with a blazing time of 10.60.
Favorites: Thomas has a list of six schools that he is looking at closest: Maryland, Illinois, Ohio State, Tennessee, Florida and North Carolina. OSU, Illinois and Maryland seem to be the leaders. He plans on making a commitment before his senior season.
Ryan Williams (Manassas, Va.): Williams is a big-time back that has the size and speed to match. He took Virginia by storm as a junior when he ran for 1,572 yards and 20 touchdowns on just 167 carries. He is the No. 30 running back in the nation according to Scout.com.
Favorites: Williams holds over 20 offers from some of the most prestigious programs in the country including Florida, Tennessee, Georgia and Notre Dame. He also holds a Maryland offer and visited for the Duke basketball game. He does not claim any favorites right now.
Marcus Dowtin (Fork Union, Va.): Dowtin is a Maryland native who played his first three seasons at Georgetown Prep and Bishop O'Connell before reclassifying and landing at Fork Union Prep. He could play running back or linebacker, but he is being recruited on offense by most schools.
Favorites: Dowtin has a long list of offers, including the Terps. He is making a round of visits during the summer and has said he will visit Maryland for camp. He has not officially stated a list of favorites.
Emerging prospects: Gary Douglas (Durham, N.C.) received an offer from Maryland earlier this month and it automatically vaulted the Terps to the top of his list. Douglas is a quick-hitting back who has the affinity for making a big play, as evidenced by his 13 yards-per-carry average. Mike Cox (Avon, CT) was impressive at camp and earned an offer, though he's also being closely watched by Michigan and Penn State.
Cluster of possibilities: Demetris Murray (Buford, Ga.), Kevin Whaley (Virginia Beach, Va.), Jerel Coles (Brandywine, Md.), Latavius Murray (Nedrow, N.Y.), Kumar Davis (Paterson, N.J.), Rashaad Slowley (White Plains, N.Y.) and Averin Collier (Churchville, N.Y.) have Terps interest. Slowley could receive an offer, while Murray already has one and Coles would love to get one.
Kenny Tate (Hyattsville, Md.): DeMatha's football program is one of the most storied in the nation, sending multiple players to Division I programs each year. So when Tate is talked about as one of the best athletes to ever come through the school, there's no mystery as to why he tops the wish lists of many programs around the nation, including Maryland's. At 6-foot-4 and 225 pounds, Tate brings a physical aspect to the game that can't be matched at the high school level.
Favorites: Tate has been one of the most tight-lipped blue chippers in memory. He has not taken many visits other than Maryland, has not participated in any combines or named a list of favorites. In fact, he has not yet narrowed down his list of schools to a workable number. His coach, Bill McGregor, said he can basically play wherever he wants.
Kerry Boykins (Chesapeake, Va.): Boykins hails from the notoriously football-strong Tidewater area of Virginia. The Terps have made inroads there of late and Boykins has been a top target of theirs for some time. As a junior, he caught 37 passes for 715 yards and five touchdowns. He plays at Oscar Smith, the same high school that current Terp Brian Whitmore attended.
Favorite: Boykins has long held Maryland as his favorite school. After recent trips to North Carolina and Virginia, he hasn't wavered from that notion. Those three schools make up his final list, though he has not indicated when he will make a decision.
Ben Barber (Alexandria, Va.): A first team All Region selection as a junior, Barber is a smaller wide receiver but still capable of getting separation and coming down with jump balls. He had 1,034 yards and 12 touchdowns on 54 receptions last season.
Favorites: As of right now, Barber holds offers from Virginia Tech, Virginia and Maryland. He has named Virginia Tech his leader in the past but has recently said he has no leaders. He is not certain when he will make a decision. He also seems to be hoping for a Penn State offer.
Longshots: Deion Walker(Christchurch, Va.), D.J. Coles (Goochland, Va.), Todd Harrelson (Chesapeake, Va.), A.J. Jenkins (Jacksonville, Fl.) Walker is one of the hottest prospects in the nation.
Florida WR favoring Terps?: It's not often Maryland dips into the fertile recruiting grounds of the Sunshine state, but O'Neill Chambers (Harmony, Fl.) has the Terps as his second favorite team behind BYU. The 6-foot-3, 205-pound receiver is regarded as one of the best big wide receivers in the state.
Another Oscar Smith target: While Boykins may be the prize recruit of the Chesapeake school, Maryland has thrown its hat in with teammate Jamal Wilson, a 5-foot-10, 175-pound receiver. He recently named a top five of Maryland, Northern Illinois, Temple, Akron and Marshall.
Tight End: Maryland landed two big-time prospects last year that could end up at tight end in Lansford Watson and Devonte Campbell. With other pressing needs in this class, a tight end may not be a high priority. The Terps have offered tight ends Chase Clement (Thibodaux, La.), Ryan Deehan (Poway, Ca.), Nic DiLillo (Madison, Ohio) and Mark Wedderburn (Springfield, Pa.), but they are either committed elsewhere or have not expressed high interest in Maryland. Justin Maneri, a 6-foot-8, 230-pound sleeper from Saddlebrook, N.J., and Chris Pantale (Wayne, N.J.) have caught Maryland's eyes. Pantale is the more highly sought of the two.
(Camp Hill, Pa.): At 6-foot-7, 275 pounds, Dill has a big frame in which to fill. Right now he is a bit raw, having only played football for three years. But he can be molded into the type of big tackle that Maryland has targeted of late.
Favorites: Maryland was Dill's only offer for a while until Connecticut, Duke, Akron and Temple jumped into the race. Dill has long had Maryland as his favorite and there's a good chance he pledges to the Terps when he announces his decision on July 26—his birthday.
Jimmy Bennett (Alexandria, Va.): Much like Dill, Bennett has a massive frame; he stands at 6-foot-9 and 280 pounds. Bennett is more advanced in technique, and it shows on the field. He estimated making over 100 pancake blocks in his junior season and has yet to allow a sack in two year on West Potomac's line.
Favorites: Maryland continues to pursue Bennett, the Terps have wavered in and out of his top five list. His most recent list includes West Virginia, Connecticut, Penn State, Virginia Tech, Michigan State and Clemson. He seems to be a lonsghot.
Joe Pachuta (New Concord, Ohio): Pachuta is an aggressive and physical lineman who played mostly guard for John Glenn. He is another lineman with a big frame to work with at 6-foot-7, 285 pounds. The Terps have had success with Ohio linemen in the past in Andrew Crummey, who is now one of the top guards in the country.
Favorites: Pachuta has offers from Maryland and Akron so far and has not named a favorite.
Camp offer: After an impressive showing at Maryland's football camp this past week, Justin Lewis (Johnsonville, S.C.) earned a scholarship offer. With the offer, the Terps have climbed up his list of favorites.
Offensive line a necessity?
At first glance, it wouldn't seem that way. The Terps landed seven offensive line commits in the 2007 class and already have an abundance of young talent on the roster. But when you're dealing with the guys in the trenches, it's all about the numbers. The offensive line typically has the most turnover of any position, with guys switching to defense, guys getting injured and guys that just never developed the way it was thought they would. So every class, it is important to get a solid amount of line commits, because you never know how things will turn about, especially when you're dealing with guys, who, again, come out of high school with more potential than production than any other position.
Stay tuned for Part 3 of this series, in which we'll look at the top prospects on the defensive side…
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