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Weekly Maryland recruiting roundup

A new prospect has been mentioned in connection with the Maryland men's basketball program, and the player in question doesn't live far from College Park.

According to CBSSports.com's Jeff Borzello, the Terps are in the mix with William Howard, a 6-foot-7 wing from France who's currently doing a post-grad year at New Hope Academy in Landover. Borzello caught up with New Hope coach Chris Chaney for a breakdown of Howard's recruiting.

In terms of recruiting, Washington, Providence, Rhode Island and Maryland have all shown interest in Howard.

One Pac-12 school stands out, though. “We’re leaning Washington,” Chaney said.

• Maryland-bound center Shaquille Cleare's Village School squad is off to a 6-0 start.

One of the reasons why the Vikings have garnered so much attention is Cleare. The 6-foot-9, 280-pounder is one of the nation's top big men. Cleare is averaging 25 points, 14 rebounds and four blocks to lead the way.

• Terps junior guard targets Aaron and Andrew Harrison are candidates for MaxPreps.com's boys basketball Player of the Year.

The Harrison twins have already struck a blow by combining for 41 points in a win over nationally ranked Yates (Houston). Aaron followed with a 25-point effort in a win over Cypress Springs while Andrew contributed 15 points and seven assists.

• ESPN HoopGurlz named Maryland women's pledge Malina Howard the ACC's Signature Signee.

Maryland coach Brenda Frese started recruiting Malina Howard when she was an eighth-grader. For four years now, Howard has been a major target for the Maryland women's basketball program, and when she made her verbal commitment to the Terps in September, she solidified Maryland's 2012 recruiting class.

Football recruiting

• The Terps reportedly picked up a commitment Thursday from Akron (Ohio) North linebacker DeShawn Dowdy. Check back with Recruiting Report next week for more on Dowdy's commitment.

• Maryland tight end commitment P.J. Gallo will lead Council Rock South against Garnet Valley on Friday in the third round of the Pennsylvania District One Class AAAA playoffs.

... P.J. Gallo and Andrew Cohen have been defensive bellwethers for Council Rock South.

• UM wide receiver recruit Malcolm Culmer's Willingboro squad fell 14-12 to Holy Cross on Wednesday night in a West Jersey Football League Patriot Division game.

"Basically, we lost this game on our own," senior all-purpose back Malcolm Culmer said. "We had too many turnovers. (three fumbles, two interceptions). It came down to turnovers."

• The Terps are still hanging around in the recruitment of Gilman athlete Cyrus Jones.

Jones has whittled his college list from more than 40 offers to five: Alabama, Auburn, Maryland, Virginia Tech and West Virginia. This trip to Auburn is his final official visit, and he said he will announce his decision before Christmas.


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