December 16, 2011|By Matt Bracken | The Baltimore Sun
Another local prospect has popped up on the Maryland men's basketball program's radar.
Devon Branch, a 2008 Aberdeen grad who currently stars for Cloud County Community College in Concordia, Kan., will make an unofficial visit to Maryland this weekend, according to his uncle. InsideMDSports.com first reported the news of Branch's impending visit.
As a freshman at Cloud County, Branch averaged 14.5 points and 5.3 rebounds. He was named the NJCAA Player of the Week earlier this month after averaging 25.7 points in leading the Thunderbirds to three wins.
On Saturday Anya gave a list of Texas, Syracuse, Kansas, UCLA, Indiana, North Carolina State, Maryland, Georgetown , Florida, Florida State and Louisville as schools figuing most prominently in his recruitment.
Said Forestville Coach Charles Harley, who had four players on Maryland’s roster this past season: “Immediately guys will be willing to give it another shot with Locks. Guys who may be mad with Maryland for whatever reason. They get back in the door with a lot of [Prince George’s] schools and [District] schools immediately, because he is a guy people know and trust. … I think they get back in the game immediately with some local coaches and players.”
Middle backer Allen Holman leads the Crusaders with 107 tackles. High profile partner Brock Dean has 89 tackles in a variety of roles. Combined, the duo has 95 solo stops. One of the top tandems in the state in any classification.
“I’m just having fun. Every play, every time I’m out here, I’m trying to have fun, trying to be a team player and just trying to enjoy myself. I’m enjoying every second of it and not just from a football standpoint, but just as an individual, just becoming teammates, getting that bond you need to play football games.”
*Abner Logan, a four-star linebacker from Brookline, Mass., reportedly has Maryland on his list of finalists.
"It seems like it's still between those three schools -- Maryland, NC State and Northwestern," [Dexter coach Casey] Day told [ESPN's Roger] Brown. "It looks like he'll be making a decision sometime before Christmas.”"
Hokies head coach Frank Beamer recently did his in-home with him and sources indicate that visit went well and that Virginia Tech feels good about its chances. At the same time, the Crimson Tide has been the team to beat for most of the process for Jones and Alabama equally feels well. It should be interesting to see how things progress in the coming weeks.