Weekly Maryland recruiting roundup

December 30, 2011|By Matt Bracken | The Baltimore Sun

The second annual Chesapeake Bowl is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Friday night at South River, and plenty of Maryland football commitments and targets will be on hand.

McDonogh defensive end Roman Braglio, Gilman running back Kenneth Goins, Eleanor Roosevelt athlete Shawn Petty and Grassfield (Va.) linebacker Avery Thompson are among the Terps recruits playing for the South team. For the North, Pittsburgh Central Catholic quarterback Perry Hills and Council Rock South (Pa.) tight end P.J. Gallo will represent Maryland. Click here for more info on the game.

* Terps quarterback recruit Caleb Rowe was named MVP of the Offense-Defense Bowl on Thursday night at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Rivals.com listed Rowe as a Rising Star.

[Rowe], a Maryland commitment, was a late addition to the roster and ended up being the leading passer in the game. He was calm and cool under pressure, and did a great job of finding receivers in the short and intermediate zones.

* Maryland is a finalist for Friendship Collegiate (D.C.) running back Albert Reid, according to ESPN.com.

No longer a West Virginia commitment, four-star athlete Albert Reid is down to three schools – Iowa, Maryland and Vanderbilt – according to his coach, Aazaar Rahim. Reid is expected to announce his decision in mid-January.

* Perry Hills has had a strong start to his wrestling season for Pittsburgh Central Catholic.

Hills has started his 2011-12 wrestling season strong, as he won the 195-pound weight class at the prestigious Beast of the East tournament Dec. 17 in Delaware.

He is 7-0 with three pins and a technical fall, through Central Catholic's section victory over Penn Hills on Dec. 21.

* Hills' PCC teammate and fellow Terps commitment Anthony Nixon earned first-team Pennsylvania Class AAAA all-state honors as a wide receiver. 

Basketball recruiting 

* Adam Zagoria reported Tuesday that the Terps have expressed interest in two sophomores at Monroe (N.Y.) College.

Marco Bourgault is a 6-foot-6, 215-pound wing originally from France and Orlando Sanchez is a 6-9 forward from The Dominican Republic.

* The Boston Globe this week posted an article about Maryland-bound forward Jake Layman's impact on the King Philip basketball program.

“Four years ago, there was nobody in there,’’ Layman said. “Now we’re selling out every game. It’s awesome. It gets me fired up. When there’s people packed in there, screaming, it’s easy to get fired up.’’

* UM women's commitment A'Lexus Harrison (Digital Harbor) was named the Girls Athlete of the Week by The Baltimore Sun.

The junior forward led the No. 2 Rams (7-1) to wins over two ranked teams last week while averaging of 24 points and 23.5 rebounds.

* Terps recruit Chloe Pavlech was honored by her local Cincinnati-area newspaper as one of the Top 10 stories of 2011.

The Greater Miami Conference is one where stats don’t come easy, but Chloe consistently scores in double figures and can do what needs to be done when it needs to be done.

* The Williamsport (Pa.) Sun-Gazette wrote this week about Maryland-bound forward Tierney Pfirman's growth as a leader.

South Williamsport's Tierney Pfirman has built on what great area players like Martin have done before her. A three-time all-state selection, Pfirman committed to Maryland last year and has done just about everything there is to do at South Williamsport. She might be saving her best for last, however, and not just because of how she is playing.

* UM center pledge Malina Howard helped Twinsburg (Ohio) to a 60-48 win over Malcolm X. Shabazz (N.J.).

Senior center Malina Howard scored 15 for the Tigers, while senior Leah Fechko dropped in nine.

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