Steve Goins and the weekly roundup

The big story of the past week comes from, which broke the news of Chicago center Steve Goins“semi-official” commitment to Maryland. From TSR’s article:

“They’ve been consistent [in their attention]. They’ve been calling a lot. I talked to coach Williams a bunch of times. They’ve been helping me get qualified. I’ll qualify next week and then it will be official and I’ll be all set,” Goins said. “I always hear about Maryland and they’re in a great conference. I visited last month and saw they also offer a lot in terms of academics and their art program, which is what I want to major in.

I e-mailed Roy and Harv Schmidt, the editors and publishers of Illinois Prep Bulls-eye, for their take on Goins’ situation. The Schmidts, who also blog about Illinois high school basketball for the Chicago Sun-Times, said an academic hurdle must be jumped before the commitment becomes official.

Our understanding is that while Goins would very much like to attend Maryland, the commitment is not etched in stone as of yet. Apparently the problem seems to be with awaiting for the results of his grades from the summer school classes that he recently finished taking. These will be essential with respect to him being able to meet the minimum g.p.a. that will be needed in order for the commitment to go through. Provided he gets the necessary grades, then we expect everything to hold up.

• The other major piece of news in Terps basketball recruiting this week comes from The Sun‘s Don Markus. Markus spoke with Kathleen Worthington, Maryland's senior associate athletic director, about the academic status of St. Frances shooting guard Sean Mosley. Worthington told Markus that Maryland is “confident that [Mosley] is going to qualify.”

There was some doubt this spring whether Mosley would qualify, but according to Worthington, he raised his test scores enough and is waiting for his transcript to be sent to the NCAA Clearinghouse after retaking a high school English class this summer.

If he is approved by the NCAA, Mosley would have his scores and transcript reviewed by the university's admissions office.

If Mosley and Goins both qualify, and Jin Soo Kim reclassifies from 2009 to 2008, Maryland will have 12 scholarship players on its roster for the 2008-09 season.

Football recruiting

• The Terps landed one four-star defensive lineman yesterday when Forestville’s DeOnte Arnett committed. Now it appears they’re in good shape with another -- Hoboken, N.J., defensive tackle Isaac Holmes, who told Yahoo! Sports that Maryland and Rutgers are “neck and neck.”

“I went to Maryland last Monday and I’m heading back there with my team on Thursday,” he stated. “Actually, I love it at Maryland. They have been recruiting me since my freshman year in high school. I love it there, my cousin plays there and the coaching staff shows me a lot of love. Maryland is a big school in the race.

“Plus, I’m looking at criminal justice and they are right next to Washington D.C. That’s the main place for all that stuff. I also believe I have a real good chance of playing early as a true freshman.”

• Maryland was a finalist for Pennsburg, Pa., cornerback Abdul Smith, but earlier this week he committed to Rutgers.

The 6-0, 182-pound Smith chose Rutgers over 22 other schools. He said the finalists were Maryland, Pittsburgh and the Scarlet Knights.

"They laid out everything, how things would be for me and the rest of the team," Smith said. "I also liked that my position coach (Chris Hewitt) would be a guy who played in the NFL. That was a big thing for me."

• Jefferson Hills, Pa., offensive lineman Pat Eger pledged to West Virginia one week ago.

The 6-foot-6, 265-pound senior picked the Mountaineers over Buffalo, Marshall, Maryland and Miami (Ohio).

"They're a top-10 school every year," Eger said of West Virginia. "The coaches, players, the school, the facilities, I just fell in love with everything about it."

• Dartmouth, Mass., tight end Arthur Fontaine is no longer a Boston College commitment, but he’s still considering the Eagles, and several other schools.

Even though Fontaine de-committed to Boston College, there is a good chance he still could end up there because of its closeness to his home. In addition to Florida, Fontaine also checked out Georgia, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Virginia and Maryland. Boston College, Georgia and North Carolina appear to be his top three choices.

• Maryland linebacker commitment Bradley Johnson was profiled in The [Petersburg, Va.] Progress-Index this week. He told the local paper that his relationship with Terps head coach Ralph Friedgen was a deciding factor.

“I liked the campus and facilities and the area around Maryland,” he explained. “The main reason for me was when I talked to Coach Friedgen. I sat down with him both times and he talked about my future and after I finish college. He talked about my career goals and how he can help me in that process. He went into detail about all the ways he can help me.”

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