Weekly Maryland recruiting roundup

February 03, 2012|By Matt Bracken | The Baltimore Sun

One of Maryland's top point guard targets is reportedly making a trip to College Park this weekend.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that the Terps will host junior Rysheed Jordan on Saturday during the North Carolina game.

The 6-4 junior guard has narrowed his list of scholarship offers to Maryland, Temple, Rutgers, Villanova, Drexel, and La Salle. He'll pick this summer.

* NBE Basketball Report broke down Sam Cassell Jr.'s game and provided an update on the three-star combo guard's recruitment.

He holds offers Connecticut, Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech, Seton Hall, Central Florida, Maryland, and “a bunch of others.” Cassell has visited Maryland and wants to use more visits but doesn’t have any planned at this time or know exactly where he wants to take them. He stressed that no one is a leader and all the schools mentioned are still even for him at this point.

* The Washington Post's Eric Prisbell wrote a lengthy profile of Terps center signee Shaquille Cleare, who came to Houston from the Bahamas.

The 6-foot-9, 280-pound Cleare has garnered attention as one of the nation’s top 30 high school seniors, averaging 26 points per game while shooting 83 percent. When he arrives at Maryland next fall, he will represent the cornerstone of Coach Mark Turgeon’s rebuilding project.

* UM forward signee Jake Layman's King Philip squad suffered a 79-66 loss to Franklin (Mass.).

Layman finished with 26 points, 13 during each half, while taking down 14 rebounds and blocking three shots.

* Maryland women's commitment A'Lexus Harrison powered Digital Harbor to a 49-22 win over Randallstown.

A'Lexus Harrison had 10 points, 21 rebounds and three blocks. Her teammate Miqueara Lewis had 12 points and 11 rebounds while Infiniti Alston added 11 points.

* UM forward signee Tierney Pfirman powered South Williamsport (Pa.) to a 66-49 win over Loyalsock.

Tierney Pfirman led the Mounties with 28 points.

* Terps center signee Malina Howard helped Twinsburg (Ohio) to a 57-40 win over Hathaway Brown.

When she came back, Howard (24 points, 11 rebounds) showed just how strong – and smart – she can be.

Football recruiting

* Maryland's consensus Top 50 recruiting class could receive a significant boost this weekend.

Stefon Diggs, a five-star wide receiver prospect from Good Counsel, is expected to take his final official visit this weekend to Maryland. MaxPreps.com reported that the Terps could have a legitimate shot.

Former Illinois head coach Ron Zook, who was impressed with Diggs even as a ninth grader, believes there's a chance that Diggs will stay at home to play for Maryland.

Dan Hellie of NBC4 in Washington, meanwhile, tweeted that Diggs is leaning "heavily towards Urban Meyer and Ohio State." Florida is also reportedly a serious contender for Diggs' commitment.

* The Greenville (S.C.) News covered Terps quarterback pledge Caleb Rowe's Signing Day ceremony, writing about his commitment to Maryland and his father's sudden illness.

So when Blue Ridge High School quarterback Caleb Rowe signed a national letter of intent to play football at the University of Maryland, the strongest guy he knows was there with the rest of the crowd in the community room of Greenville Memorial Hospital.

David Rowe, who was diagnosed with leukemia two weeks ago, sat nearby in a wheelchair, 13 days removed from his first chemotherapy treatment.

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