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Weekly Maryland recruiting roundup

The Baltimore Sun

Where does Maryland's six-man 2012 basketball recruiting class rank nationally? this week weighed in with its answer.

In Rivals' Top 30 team rankings, which were updated Tuesday, the Terps' incoming group of Seth Allen, Sam Cassell Jr., Shaquille Cleare, Damonte Dodd, Jake Layman and Charles Mitchell checked in at No. 14.

Cleare and Mitchell, both four-star post players, provide a formidable inside duo. Layman, a shooter with length, has plenty of upside. Allen, a guard, and Dodd, a post player, are players who add depth and will be given time to develop. Cassell Jr. is a scorer who is now firm in his commitment to the Terps.

Maryland's 2012 class, according to, ranks third in the ACC behind North Carolina State (4) and North Carolina (9). Georgia Tech (16) and Virginia (17) round out the conference's top five. (h/t Testudo Times.)

* InsideMDSports' Jakob Engelke tweeted Thursday that Dodd has signed his letter of intent to Maryland.'s Edgar Walker later reported that Dodd's high school coach said that the 6-foot-9 forward will redshirt during his first year in College Park.

* Cleare (36) and Layman (61) both earned spots on's Top 100 list for the 2012 class. Check out the rankings, which were updated Wednesday, here.

* updated the recruitment of Junior Etou, a 2013 power forward from D.C. Assault and Bishop O'Connell.

Missouri, Memphis, Kansas, UCLA, Florida and West Virginia are all making an effort for Etou at this point. Maryland, though, is showing the most interest.

“They are a great school,” Etou said. “The coaches have been talking to me a lot.”

* wrote this week about Aaron and Andrew Harrison's switch from football to basketball, and the twins' recruiting picture.

There are four schools pursuing both players: Kentucky, Maryland, Villanova and Baylor. Other schools have popped in and out of the Harrisons' recruitment, but the aforementioned quartet is still keeping in strong contact with the family. Andrew and Aaron are on the same page when it comes to a future destination.

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