Weekly Maryland recruiting roundup

January 06, 2012|By Matt Bracken | The Baltimore Sun

Before Thursday night, Maryland's 2012 football recruiting class was ranked among the ACC's lowest. But with the commitment of Good Counsel running back Wes Brown, the Terps have vaulted to the middle of the conference pack.

247Sports.com now ranks Maryland's class as the No. 36 group in the country, and the sixth-best class in the conference.

ESPN.com's Dave Hooker, who was on hand for Brown's announcement at the Under Armour All-America Game in St. Petersburg, Fla., tweeted that he's "beginning to think" Maryland could also land Friendship Collegiate (D.C.) defensive tackle Eddie Goldman and Good Counsel wide receiver Stefon Diggs, both of whom are five-star prospects.

Check out video of Brown's announcement, courtesy of ESPN, below.

Basketball recruiting

* CBS Sports' Jeff Goodman reports that Maryland will host Texas A&M point guard transfer Jamal Branch next weekend. Branch, a freshman, was a four-star prospect and Scout.com's No. 47 prospect nationally in the 2011 class.

* Maryland point guard pledge Seth Allen "is sidelined after he suffered a broken bone in his left (shooting) hand," according to InsideMDSports.

* Terps small forward signee Jake Layman had a huge week for his King Philip squad.

The Maryland recruit went for 18 points, 15 rebounds and five blocks in King Philip’s 67-37 rout of Nashoba on Thursday. Layman had a triple-double on Tuesday, finishing with 33 points, 18 rebounds and 10 blocks in a win over Avon.

* Terps women's commitment Malina Howard powered Twinsburg (Ohio) to a 65-50 win over Hudson on Wednesday.

The Maryland recruit turned in one of her better performances, tallying a game-high 23 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists for the Tigers (8-2, 4-0), ranked No. 1 in The Plain Dealer.

* UM forward signee Tierney Pfirman had a big game Wednesday in leading South Williamsport (Pa.) to a big win.

Tierney Pfirman scored 28 points, including 18 from behind the 3-point arc, in South Williamsport's 72-35 win over Hughesville on Wednesday.

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