Weekly recruiting roundup

The past week saw the Maryland men's basketball program land its first commitment of the 2011 class, and several senior big men with varying degrees of Terps interest go elsewhere.

On Tuesday night, Seton Hall Prep (N.J.) point guard Sterling Gibbs pledged to the Terps.

"Sterling came into my office and started talking about Maryland, asking what I thought about it," [Seton Hall Prep coach Bob] Farrell said. "My exact words were, 'Go home, talk it over with your parents and if you want to go public with it, let me know."’

Click here and here for more on Gibbs' commitment.• Terps power forward target C.J. Leslie on Wednesday committed to North Carolina State.

"It's the best pickup Sidney Lowe has had," [recruiting analyst Bob] Gibbons said. "He's the most highly rated recruit that Sidney has gotten at N.C. State. He's so versatile. He's an immediate impact guy."

• Huntington (W.Va.) Prep center Gorgui Dieng, a onetime Terps target, has committed to Louisville.

Dieng, who came to the U.S. in October, averaged 15 points, 13 rebounds and seven blocked shots during the season at Huntington (W. Va.) Prep School. He was named MVP of last month's Kentucky Derby Festival Classic.

• Princeton Day Academy forward Eric McKnight, who drew some Maryland interest, has signed with Iowa State.

McKnight, a 6-foot-9, 215-pound forward, averaged 11.8 points, 10.8 rebounds and 4.6 blocked shots per game last season at Princeton Day Academy in Lanham, Md.

• UM women's small forward signee Alyssa Thomas was named a USA Today third-team All-American.

Football recruiting

• The Fayetteville (N.C.) Observer wrote this week about junior football prospects leaving the state for college, including wide receivers Marcus Leak and Nigel King to Maryland.

King is regarded as one of the state's top receiver prospects. He also had offers from Colorado, ECU, Louisville, LSU, UNC, N.C. State, South Carolina and West Virginia.

• GatorSports.com has updates on several juniors with Maryland offers, including Trip Thurman, an offensive lineman from Dover, Del.

He recently got the Florida offer he was looking for. He’s still pretty open as far as recruiting, but you have to think Florida made up some major ground with its offer. Boston College, Maryland, Penn State, Clemson and Tennessee are schools to watch.

• Phil Kornblut's weekly recruiting update includes notes on a few Terps targets, including Hillcrest (S.C.) linebacker Mike Rose.

[He] has been offered by N.C. State and Maryland and is looking for one soon from Michigan State. Clemson, USC, Alabama and Georgia have shown interest. Rose has visited Clemson and USC and plans to take some out-of-state visits later in the spring. Last season, Rose had 116 tackles, 16 for loss, and 10 sacks.

• Pittsburgh (Pa.) Woodland Hills defensive end Quinton Jefferson recently took a trip to College Park.

“It was the second time I had been to Maryland. Their campus is just as beautiful and their spring game went well. I talked to the coaches again. They’re nice.”

• DeMatha cornerback Jordan Lomax has committed to Virginia, picking the Cavaliers over offers from Maryland, Louisville, New Mexico and Stanford.

Last season, he had 30 tackles, one interception and four pass breakups. On April 15, he took a visit to U.Va., which has had safeties coach and special teams coordinator Anthony Poindexter in charge of recruiting Lomax. Feb. 2 will be the first day recruits can sign a letter of intent.

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