Maryland's most highly rated football commitment isn't at all dismayed by the Terps' 2-10 season.

Good Counsel offensive lineman Mike Madaras spoke to ESPN.com this week, and fiercely defended the program and first-year coach Randy Edsall.

“I definitely feel like that,” he said. “This is Coach Edsall's first recruiting class. He's faced a lot of adversity with people online talking about how he's not doing good so far, but this is his first year and his whole entire mentality is he's going to get Maryland high school football players -- and around the Maryland area -- to go to Maryland, all the good ones. And he's going to make Maryland into a great team. I see how he's progressing and how he's doing that. All the kids that he's gotten so far, every single one of them has excellent character.”

* UM tight end pledge P.J. Gallo's Council Rock South squad hopes to avenge a 2010 playoff loss to North Penn on Friday night in the Pennsylvania Class AAAA District One title game.

“We got right back into the weight room the following Monday, hit the weights hard all offseason,” Maryland-bound senior inside linebacker/tight end P.J. Gallo said. “We’ve got to give (strength) coach (John) Franco a lot of credit for that.

* Terps linebacker pledge Brock Dean was named to the Harrisburg (Pa.) Patriot-News' Big 11 defensive team.

Maryland recruit was called upon to do a lot more for the Crusaders this season.

* Maryland defensive end target Noah Spence was named Pennsylvania's Gatorade Player of the Year.

Spence is ranked among the top 20 players in the country. He is 6 feet 4, 245 pounds and has led his team to a spot in the quarterfinals of the PIAA Class AAA playoffs. Spence has 84 tackles, 23 for loss, 10 sacks and three blocked punts. Spence also has a 3.25 grade-point average

* Gilman athlete Cyrus Jones will reconsider an offer from Ohio State, according to The Sun's Katherine Dunn.

Jones dropped West Virgnia from consideration but said Wednesday that Alabama, Auburn, Maryland and Virginia Tech remain in the running for his talents. The versatile senior gained 2,365 all-purpose yards this fall and scored 24 touchdowns for the No. 1 and MIAA A Conference champion Greyhounds.

* Good Counsel wide receiver Stefon Diggs has dropped Maryland from his list, according to Rivals.com's Mike Farrell.

Basketball recruiting

* Maryland-bound combo guard Seth Allen powered Fredericksburg (Va.) Christian to a 68-58 win over IMG Academy (Fla.) in the opening round of the Atlantic Shores Tip-Off tournament.

Maryland recruit Seth Allen led the Eagles with 27 points including three 3-pointer, as the Eagles led from the start and by as much as 11 points midway through the second quarter.

* Terps point guard target and Gonzaga (D.C.) junior Nate Britt committed this week to North Carolina.

“It really came down to Carolina and Arizona,” he said. Arizona “Coach [Sean] Miller did a great job of recruiting me and I enjoyed talking to him. Distance wasn’t an issue. It was always about what school fit me best.”

* Maryland junior guard targets the Harrison twins guided Travis (Texas) to a 61-38 win over Houston Lamar in the Spring Branch ISD Tournament.

Aaron Harrison had 17 points, six steals and five rebounds, and Andrew Harrison had 16 points, six rebounds and five assists as the defending champs won their opener.

* New video surfaced this week of UM point guard target Sam Cassell Jr. playing for Notre Dame Prep. Check it out below.