Recruiting analyst: Karcher handed Terps 'severe jolt' by skipping visit

November 01, 1996|By Don Markus | Don Markus,SUN STAFF

Recruiting analyst Bob Gibbons said yesterday that Mark Karcher's decision to orally commit to Villanova without even visiting the University of Maryland was a "severe jolt" to the Terrapins program.

Gibbons, who broke the story on his recruiting hot line Monday night, said that the St. Frances star's announcement to sign early before taking his official visits to other schools came as a surprise. Karcher also canceled his visit to Connecticut this weekend.

"Having their No. 1 recruiting target commit before he even made his official visit is like a double whammy," Gibbons said from his office in Lenoir, N.C. "They had no chance to sell the merits of the University of Maryland."

The Terps still have oral commitments from two top area players, forward Terrence Morris of Thomas Johnson High School in Frederick and guard Juan Dixon of Calvert Hall, who will sign with Maryland when the early signing period begins Nov. 13.

Morris, a 6-foot-8 forward, is considered by some to be one of the top 25 high school players in the country and was rated ahead of Karcher in a number of publications. Dixon, a 6-2 shooting guard, is thought to be among the top 100.

Pub Date: 11/01/96

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