Chicago center Goins to Terps `semi-official'

Recruiting Report

July 06, 2008|By MATT BRACKEN

The big story last week came from TurtleSportsReport.com, which broke the news of Chicago center Steve Goins' "semi-official" commitment to Maryland.

From TSR's article: "They've been consistent [in their attention]. They've been calling a lot. I talked to coach [Gary] Williams a bunch of times. They've been helping me get qualified. I'll qualify next week, and then it will be official and I'll be all set," Goins said. "I always hear about Maryland, and they're in a great conference. I visited last month and saw they also offer a lot in terms of academics and their art program, which is what I want to major in."

I e-mailed Roy and Harv Schmidt, the editors and publishers of Illinois Prep Bulls-eye, for their take on Goins' situation. The Schmidts, who also blog about Illinois high school basketball for the Chicago Sun-Times, said an academic hurdle must be jumped before the commitment becomes official.

"Our understanding is that while Goins would very much like to attend Maryland, the commitment is not etched in stone as of yet," they said in the e-mail. "Apparently the problem seems to be with awaiting for the results of his grades from the summer school classes that he recently finished taking. These will be essential with respect to him being able to meet the minimum GPA that will be needed in order for the commitment to go through. Provided he gets the necessary grades, then we expect everything to hold up."

The other major piece of news in Terps basketball recruiting last week came from The Sun's Don Markus.

Markus spoke with Kathleen Worthington, Maryland's senior associate athletic director, about the academic status of St. Frances shooting guard Sean Mosley. Worthington told Markus that Maryland is "confident that [Mosley] is going to qualify."

Markus wrote: "There was some doubt this spring whether Mosley would qualify, but according to Worthington, he raised his test scores enough and is waiting for his transcript to be sent to the NCAA Clearinghouse after retaking a high school English class this summer."

Football recruiting

The Terps landed one four-star defensive lineman last week when Forestville's DeOnte Arnett committed. Now it appears they're in good shape with another - Hoboken, N.J., defensive tackle Isaac Holmes, who told Yahoo Sports that Maryland and Rutgers are "neck and neck."

"I went to Maryland last Monday, and I'm heading back there with my team on Thursday," he said. "Actually, I love it at Maryland. They have been recruiting me since my freshman year in high school. I love it there, my cousin plays there, and the coaching staff shows me a lot of love. Maryland is a big school in the race.

"Plus, I'm looking at criminal justice and they are right next to Washington D.C. That's the main place for all that stuff. I also believe I have a real good chance of playing early as a true freshman."

mbracken@baltimoresun.com

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