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Weekly Maryland recruiting roundup

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The Maryland football program could be hours away from landing one of its highest-rated recruits of all time.

According to The Washington Post'sJosh Barr, Good Counsel five-star wide receiver Stefon Diggs is "poised to announce Friday that he will accept a scholarship offer to play for Maryland."

Diggs, a star receiver and cornerback, is believed to also be strongly considering Florida and Ohio State. Auburn is also among his final choices. At this point, nothing would surprise those who have closely followed Diggs’s recruitment.

Diggs, a teammate of Terps signees Wes Brown and Mike Madaras, will announce his decision at 6 p.m. tonight at Looney's in College Park. Check back with Recruiting Report tonight to find out where Diggs will play in college.

Basketball recruiting

* The stock of Sam Cassell Jr. is rising, and so, apparently, is Maryland's pursuit of the Baltimore native at Notre Dame Prep in Fitchburg, Mass. ESPN.com recently got an update on the three-star combo guard's recruitment.

Cassell has been playing the best basketball of his career recently and his recruitment has really picked up as a result. Connecticut was the most recent school to come with a scholarship offer but Maryland made the biggest statement this weekend as head coach Mark Turgeon brought the full staff to support their backcourt target.

* Terps forward signee Jake Layman powered King Philip this week to a big win over North Attleboro (Mass.).

The University of Maryland-bound Layman scored 21 points, grabbed seven rebounds and blocked four shots, but it was what his 6-foot-8 frame portrayed - his length, his activeness within the concepts of the Warriors' man-to-man, 1-3-1 zone and 2-3 zone defenses which dismissed any notion of an upset by the Rocketeers, King Philip roaring away for a 63-38 verdict in the Hockomock League game.

* Maryland women's forward signee Tierney Pfirman scored 22 points, and added nine rebounds, six steals and five blocks, to become South Williamsport (Pa.) High's all-time leading scorer.

Pfirman, a Maryland recruit and shoo-in for a fourth all-state honor, needed 16 points to pass the 2,106 Jim Nolan scored for the Mounties from 1983-86. The 6-foot-3 forward scored just seven in a 69-48 loss at Mount Carmel on Jan. 14, but she was aggressive from the start Tuesday.

* Terps center recruit Malina Howard guided Twinsburg (Ohio) to 93-31 win over Stow.

On a night when the seniors were meant to shine and scored 57 of the team’s 93 points, [Leah] Fechko and Howard led Twinsburg with 20 and 18 points – all in the first three quarters, respectively.

Howard and Pfirman were named Top 20 seniors by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association, and both were invited to play in the WBCA High School All-America Game. Howard was also named a McDonald's All-American.

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