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Mount Saint Joseph star forward Jalen Smith to take first official visit to Maryland

Mount Saint Joseph junior forward Jalen Smith, a five-star prospect who was named the state's Gatorade Player of the Year in boys basketball last season, reportedly will take his first official visit to Maryland.

Smith told Rivals.com that the visit will be in early June. He already has visited College Park unofficially several times.

"My parents decided that would be good since they are the closest," said Smith, who has not finalized the date. "We thought we could get the close one out of the way and they we could go further for the other visits. Coach [Mark] Turgeon wants me bad. He got my teammate Darryl Morsell there with him and they have been hounding me to get there ever since."

Rated the No. 20 overall junior recruit and the state's second-best prospect in the Class of 2018, behind John Carroll guard Immanuel Quickley, by 247Sports.com's Composite rankings, Smith has scholarship offers from Maryland, Villanova, Virginia, Syracuse, Miami and many other programs.

Smith told Rivals.com he also would like to take official visits to Duke and North Carolina, which have not offered him. Smith's recruitment is not expected to last past this fall, and Maryland has long been considered the favorite

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