Terps Honing in on Williams

There are no official, prioritized rankings – not publicly, at least -- in terms of recruits if interest to the Maryland men's basketball staff. That said, it's easy to determine that Torrington, CT senior Jordan Williams is as important to the Terps as anyone.

Williams, on whom the staff pounced mid-summer after watching him post one strong performance after another at camps and tournaments, said no one is recruiting him as hard as Maryland.

"Actually, my dad spoke to Gary Williams yesterday. They've talked several times," Williams told TSR Thursday night. "At the beginning he was just telling my dad how interested they are, and now they're talking about coming here for an in-home visit and having me schedule a visit there for Midnight Madness."

Williams said he believes most, if not all, of the staff will be in to meet with him and his family in September, and hopes to make it to College Park for Midnight Madness. He's hesitant to name any favorites given the way his recruitment has exploded, but it's apparent Maryland is very much in the mix.

Williams was a little-known prospect prior to this summer, when he began to make large strides in terms of his consistent production against top-level competition. The 6-foot-9, 245-pound power forward previously was hoping for mid-major offers. Now he's got them and then some, including offers from Maryland, UConn, Villanova, Georgetown, Penn State, Marquette, UMass, Providence, St. John's, Rhode Island and Fordham. Arizona and Florida State have been showing a lot of interest lately as well.

We asked Williams if it would be difficult to turn down in-state power Connecticut.

"It's not at all, really, because they haven't really been recruiting me that hard. They offered me at the elite camp but I haven't talked to the coaches that much," he said. "It's real weird."

About Maryland recruiting him, he said: "It's great. They're a great school and I have been really blessed to be recruited by all of these schools. I probably told you this last time, but I never would have expected this."

Though it's clear the staff would love to add him to the fold in the form of a verbal commitment, the Terps also aren't putting on the high-pressure sales pitch.

"I think they're very understanding in terms of wait as long as I [need] to make the right decision. They have been very patient with me, which is great."

Williams said he'd like to make a decision this winter, either before or during basketball season. TSR will keep you posted…

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