Weekly recruiting roundup

Maryland still has a chance to land Montrose Christian shooting guard Terrence Ross, but the Terps now face stiff competition for the four-star shooting guard's services.

Montrose Christian coach Stu Vetter told Recruiting Report on Thursday that Ross withdrew his commitment to UM “within the week.” He is now looking at Duke, Kansas, Kentucky and Maryland.

“Maryland has done an outstanding job of recruiting him and Terrence is very familiar with Maryland and he likes Maryland a lot,” Vetter said. “They are still very much in the picture.”

Scout.com recruiting analyst Dave Telep told Recruiting Report on Thursday that Ross’ stock has risen dramatically. It would be a “tough pillow to swallow” for Maryland to lose him.

“When you get to this point in the year, the guys of his caliber are just not out there in quantity,” Telep said. “It would be very difficult to replace him at this stage. ... It’s still a nice class, but definitely there is no way to replace Ross at this stage in the game. So it’s not a Top 25 class. It’s a Top 25 class with him. When you remove him from the equation, obviously it takes a hit.”

Click here for Testudo Times’ analysis of the situation and here for The Washington Post’s story on Ross’ recruitment.

• Oak Hill senior Pe’Shon Howard, a three-star point guard, has plans to visit Maryland soon, according to InsideMDSports.com.

• Seton Hall Prep (N.J.) junior point guard Sterling Gibbs updated InsideMDSports.com on his recruitment.

"I'm going to cut down my list soon and probably make a decision at the end of my season," said Gibbs, a 6-foot-1, 180-pound lead guard who has offers from Maryland, Seton Hall, Pitt, Rutgers, Indiana and DePaul, along with interest from Georgetown, Villanova and Virginia. "I just want to get it out of the way so I can focus on my senior season without any distractions. The process has been fun so far but now I kind of feel like it's time to get it over with.

• Terps forward target Desmond Hubert helped power New Egypt (N.J.) to a 78-65 win over Medford Tech on Wednesday.

Hubert scored 20 points and had 10 blocks and 10 rebounds. He also dished out five assists.

• Maryland women’s commitment Alyssa Thomas scored 29 points and grabbed 22 rebounds in Central Dauphin (Pa.) High’s win over St. John Vianney in the semifinals of the Diamond State Classic on Tuesday.

Thomas (6-foot-1) hit a short jumper with 24 seconds left, two free throws at 0:11 and two key defensive rebounds in the final seconds to preserve the win.

The Rams fell to St. Frances, 61-57, in the championship game Wednesday.

Alyssa Thomas had 27 points for Central Dauphin, going 17-for-18 on free throws but scoring just five points in the second half.

• Terps center pledge Alicia DeVaughn led Pompano Beach (Fla.) Ely to a 47-34 win over Blake on Monday.

Senior Alicia DeVaughn, a Maryland recruit, scored 13 to lead Ely (13-2).

Football recruiting

• Maryland remains in the mix for Hollywood Hills, Fla, cornerback Tony Grimes, who is scheduled to play in the Offense-Defense Bowl All-American Bowl on Saturday in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

"He is down to three schools -- Maryland, Michigan and Mississippi," [Scout.com analyst Allen] Trieu continued. "He has already visited Maryland and Michigan and enjoyed both of those visits. The Mississippi visit is to come in the middle of January and his decision will come on signing day."

• Bishop McNamara wide receiver Brandon Coleman will play in the Under Armour All-America Game on Saturday in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Coleman has yet to make his college choice, but it is believed that Maryland and Rutgers are the two schools he is strongly considering. [Mustangs basketball coach Marty] Keithline said he does not expect Coleman to announce his choice before the National Letter-of-Intent signing period begins on Feb. 3.

Kelby Johnson, a junior offensive tackle from DeMatha, is already hearing from the Terps.

“I like Maryland and Rutgers,” he said. “Well, I’ve only seen Rutgers play on TV, but most of my interest is from them. I think they are a pretty good team too.

“With Maryland, they are the hometown team and I like the team and campus.”

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