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Weekly recruiting roundup

What had been rumored for nearly a week became official Friday morning when Maryland offensive coordinator James Franklin was named Vanderbilt's new football coach.

While there was plenty of uncertainty regarding Maryland's head-coach-in-waiting, it didn't stop the Terps' staff from continuing to plug away at the 2011 recruiting class. Maryland landed four commitments over the past week: Lely (Fla.) cornerback Makinton Dorleant, Quince Orchard linebacker Alex Twine, Naples (Fla.) safety Lukas Foreman and DeMatha cornerback Michael Williams.

Patch's Aaron Kraut wrote about Twine's season to remember.

"He was a hell of a lot more consistent this year than he was last year," [QO coach Dave] Mencarini said. "He just started making plays from the very first practice all the way through the last game of the year. I mean, the plays that he was making are plays Division I players make."

Franklin's departure hasn't led to any defections from the Terps' 2011 class just yet. Bowie defensive back Jeremiah Hendy dispelled rumors that he backed out of his pledge in a premium article for

The three-star defensive back says that he is still committed to Maryland.• The Terps will find out this weekend if Travis Hughes plans to follow older brother Trenton to College Park.

In addition to [Stephone] Anthony, [Virginia] Tech is waiting to hear from linebacker Travis Hughes (Kempsville High in Virginia Beach; making decision Saturday between Tech, UNC, Maryland and Clemson) ...

• UM offensive line commitment Stephen Grommer is going through Shrine Bowl practices on his home field at Spartanburg (S.C.) High.

"A change of scenery would have been nice," the Maryland commitment said. "It's not really an advantage to me here. A practice field is a practice field."

• Terps wide receiver pledge Marcus Leak will play for the North Carolina squad in the Shrine Bowl.

• Owings Mills offensive tackle Donovan Smith has narrowed his list of schools to North Carolina State, Penn State and UCLA.

He plans to announce his decision after playing in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Jan. 8 at the Alamodome in San Antonio. The senior offensive tackle, who is 6 feet 6 and 260 pounds, had whittled his list from about 20 offers to seven, but has since dropped Maryland, Michigan State, Syracuse and Connecticut.

Basketball recruiting

• The Newark (N.J.) Star-Ledger's Matthew Stanmyre this week wrote a must-read piece about Terps center target Desmond Hubert and his relationship with his uncle.

Mr. Blue Chip Recruit (Hubert) changes oil filters. He sweeps the floor. And, yes, he pumps gas in the rain and freezing weather. When he’s home, Hubert also vacuums, takes out the trash and mows the lawn.

Henry Jackson, the man who made a promise to his dying sister, wouldn’t have it any other way.

• Adam Zagoria reported this week that the Terps have expressed interest in former Seton Hall commitment Eugene McCrory, who went to high school in Washington.

[McCrory's prep school coach] said he has also received calls from Marquette, Maryland,Indiana, Clemson, Colorado and Quinnipiac. Maryland has invited him to a game in the coming weeks.

• Oakland Mills forward Greg Whittington had a monster game Wednesday in the Scorpions' win over Hammond.

The 6-foot-9 swing forward - who has received interest Maryland, Clemson, DePaul, Texas, La Salle and George Mason, among others - finished with 28 points on Wednesday night, overcoming some minor early frustration to lead Oakland Mills to a 79-44 home win over defending Howard County champion Hammond.

• Maryland women's commitment Chloe Pavlech guided Sycamore (Ohio) to a 62-50 win over Fairfield on Wednesday.

The Aves Chloe Pavlech led the way scoring a team-high 18 points.

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