Looking out for No. 2

RECRUITING REPORTS

The Kickoff

August 09, 2007|By MATT BRACKEN

Matt Bracken

Recruiting Report

Thanks to last week's commitment from Terrence Jennings, Gary Williams has a potentially interesting dilemma on his hands.

With the impending graduations of James Gist and Bambale Osby, Maryland will have three scholarships to give for the class of 2008.

Jennings claimed one. So which recruit will stake claim to the second? Here's a look at four major contenders:

Sean Mosley -- A 6-foot-4, 200-pound shooting guard from St. Frances Academy, Mosley has his pick of several high-major programs, including Clemson, Florida State, Syracuse, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Pittsburgh, according to scout.com. Mosley, the No. 62 player in 2008 per rivals.com, does everything well.

Maryland has already lost two in-state kids in 2008, albeit to a nearby program. Henry Sims of Mount St. Joseph and Chris Braswell of DeMatha are both headed to Georgetown. Keeping Baltimore players such as Mosley home is crucial. And with a loaded 2009 class in the city, it certainly wouldn't hurt having a guy like Mosley on the roster.

Andre Young -- While Mosley has been discussed as a potential Terp for quite some time, Young is fairly new on the scene. A 5-8, 155-pound point guard from Albany, Ga., Young's size has raised some eyebrows. But, he's played well enough this summer to garner a nice ranking from rivals.com - No. 128 in the class of 2008.

Young has several mid-majors still under consideration (Wichita State, College of Charleston, Butler), but some bigger programs such as Florida State, Clemson and Purdue have come calling, as well.

Ultimately, Young may might have to decide whether he wants to be "the man" at some of the smaller schools on his list, or compete on a bigger stage but shoulder less responsibility - at least initially.

Chris Turner -- A 6-5, 180-pound shooting guard from Durham, N.C., Turner plays for The Winchendon School and is rated the No. 3 prep player in Massachusetts by New England Recruiting Report.

Turner reportedly is a lights-out shooter - something the Terps could certainly use. Memphis seems to be the main competition for Turner's services. Even if Maryland did have more than three scholarships to use, I'd be surprised if they took both Mosley and Turner.

Quintrell Thomas -- The Elizabeth, N.J., native's recruitment might have become a bit muddled with Jennings' commitment. Thomas, a 6-7, 225-pound power forward, has high interest in Maryland, Rutgers and Marquette, according to scout.com, but does another power forward fit into Maryland's plans with the limited scholarships?

mbracken@baltimoresun.com

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