Weekly Maryland recruiting roundup

August 31, 2012|By Matt Bracken | The Baltimore Sun

The Maryland men's basketball program could have one late addition to its 2012-13 roster.

Dez Wells, a 6-foot-5, 215-pound wing, was expelled from Xavier after allegations of sexual assault surfaced. But a grand jury in Hamilton County (Ohio) decided this week that there was insufficient evidence to indict Wells.

After he was cleared, Wells, who averaged 9.8 points and 4.9 rebounds during his freshman season with the Musketeers, was almost immediately connected with Louisville, Maryland and Memphis. The Cardinals, however, didn't have a scholarship for the former four-star prospect.

Kentucky joined the mix and hosted Wells on a visit earlier this week. But Wells left Lexington without committing. Now he is reportedly on a trip to Memphis, which will be followed by a visit to Maryland.

He will follow up the U of M visit with an official trip to Maryland this weekend. A decision is expected Monday.

ESPN.com's Andy Katz broke down how Wells would fit in at Kentucky, Memphis and Maryland.

But Maryland may need his game experience more than any other team, with the youngest roster among the three contenders. The Terrapins have some veteran experience, but also will be trying to incorporate five freshmen into the mix, including Shaquille Cleare and Jake Layman. Evan Smotrycz is a Michigan transfer and has to sit out the year.

UPDATE: ESPN.com's Dave Telep tweeted that Wells plans to visit Ohio State and Oregon after his trip to College Park. He'll make a decision Monday or Tuesday, according to Telep.

Check out highlights of Wells from AAU below:

** Several Terps targets made the cut in Rivals.com's updated Top 150 rankings for the class of 2013, including Aaron Harrison (3), Andrew Harrison (4), Rysheed Jordan (26) and Roddy Peters (39). Maryland power forward commitment Damonte Dodd was unranked.

** The Terps made a good impression on Abdul-Malik Abu after hosting him and three AAU teammates this week, according to Adam Zagoria.

“Maryland will be one of the schools that will make my top list of schools when I decide to form a list,” Abu said following a visit to Maryland Monday.

** Potomac shooting guard Dion Wiley plans to take an unofficial visit to Maryland this weekend, according to InsideMDSports.

Football recruiting

** Two Terps commitments were named Offensive Players to Watch in The Sun's high school football preview: Gilman quarterback Shane Cockerille and Catonsville running back DeAndre Lane.

The 5-8, 170-pound Lane's slippery moves and 4.4-second 40-yard-dash speed led the Comets to the state semifinals last fall for the first time in school history. Headed for Maryland, the All-Metro second-team pick ran for more than 1,700 yards and 21 touchdowns.

** Two future Terps were selected to The Sun's Defensive Players to Watch list: Annapolis Area Christian defensive back Elvis Dennah and Dunbar defensive end Malik Jones.

An intimidating presence at 6-5, 231 pounds, Jones started at left tackle last year, but his size and ability caught the Maryland coaches' eyes when he was playing defensive end at a camp this summer. Jones accepted an offer to play for the Terps.

** Maryland running back commitment Richy Anderson picked up an offer from Penn State this week, according to 247Sports. Anderson's father was a Nittany Lions fullback before embarking on a lengthy NFL career.

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