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Tracking the Terps
News and notes on Maryland football, basketball and other sports
Three-star DeMatha junior Darryl Turner becomes Terps' third commit in Class of 2016

Maryland picked up its second commitment of the weekend Saturday, securing an oral commitment from DeMatha junior Darryl Turner, who announced the news on Twitter.

A three-star Class of 2016 prospect according to Rivals.com, the 5-foot-9, 185-pound Turner plays slot receiver and safety at DeMatha. He is also a kick returner.

“Darryl Turner was arguably our most valuable player for us this year,” DeMatha coach Elijah Brooks said. “He started at slot receiver, kick returner and safety. And if there was a play to be made, he made it. I think the only problem we had was getting him enough touches.

“I want to say — we calculated it — he scored every three times he touched the football. That’s the type of dynamic playmaker he is, and very similar to [Terps cornerback and returner] Will Likely.”

Maryland coaches are unsure of what position Turner will play in college, Brooks said.

Turner had eight interceptions at safety, and Brooks said Turner had more than 600 receiving yards and at least...

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Former four-star cornerback D'Andre Payne transferring from Tennessee to Maryland

A day that began with the news that one of Maryland’s top recruiting targets had committed orally elsewhere ended with the Terps adding a former four-star cornerback to their secondary.

Washington native and Tennessee freshman D’Andre Payne, who graduated from H.D. Woodson (D.C.), tweeted Friday night that he will transfer to Maryland.

“Told y’all we making big moves,” Maryland Class of 2015 commit Adam McLean tweeted after Payne’s announcement.

Rivals.com ranked Payne as the 18th-best cornerback and second-best player from Washington in last year’s recruiting class.

The 5-foot-9, 175-pound Payne had four tackles in eight games as a true freshman at Tennessee.

While Payne likely will have to sit out next season under NCAA transfer rules, he could redshirt and still have three years of eligibility remaining.

“Patience is key,” Payne tweeted. “The lord works in mysterious ways! Let’s get it.”

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Four-star offensive tackle Isaiah Prince chooses Alabama over Terps, Ohio State

Eleanor Roosevelt offensive tackle Isaiah Prince, whom Rivals rates as the top Class of 2015 prospect from Maryland, has orally committed to Alabama, a source confirmed.

Maryland and Ohio State were other schools Prince was considering in his final three.

Rivals rates the 6-foot-6, 270-pound Prince as the fourth-best offensive tackle and 67th-best overall prospect in the Class of 2015.

The Terps are in the process of revamping their offensive line through recruiting. While they have four oral commitments from Class of 2015 offensive linemen rated as three-star prospects or better, not landing Prince is surely disappointing for coach Randy Edsall and his staff.

247Sports first reported Prince’s commitment.

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Recalling 2002 championship, Terps assistant Juan Dixon has 'butterflies' going to Indiana

Juan Dixon doesn’t know the kind of reception he will receive Thursday when he walks into Assembly Hall for the first time. The former Maryland star, now a special assistant to Mark Turgeon, doesn’t even know if this generation of Indiana basketball will make the connection.

It has been nearly 13 years since Dixon, then a senior and one of the best college players in the country, broke the collective heart of Hoosiers everywhere. He didn’t do it in a regular season game like the one No. 13 Maryland and No. 23 Indiana will play here at 9 p.m.

Dixon did it on the sport’s biggest stage – the 2002 NCAA championship game at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, where he led the Terps to a 64-52 victory and the school’s only men’s basketball national title. After scoring 33 points in the semifinals against Kansas – Turgeon’s alma mater – Dixon had 18 against Indiana.

The game has been replayed many times over the past few years, particularly when the Terps officially joined the Big Ten last summer....

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Ahead of Terps' game at Indiana, Mark Turgeon recalls first trip to Assembly Hall

As a graduate assistant at Kansas, Mark Turgeon drove from Lawrence to Bloomington, Ind., with former Jayhawks teammate Tad Boyle for a coaching clinic run by the legendary Bob Knight.

Turgeon, whose Terps will play No. 23 Indiana Thursday at 9 p.m., recalled Knight running a drill involving the motion offense using one of his players.

“They had a player named (Matt) Nover on the team, they ran the motion offense and Nover was just standing around and he [Knight] said, ‘Nover, do you know what a statue is?’ And he [Nover] says, ‘Yessir, it’s a stationary object.’ And Bobby Knight says, ‘Do you know what pigeons do to statues, Nover? So get your butt moving.’”

Turgeon said he wasn’t that wide-eyed back then, having played on a Kansas team that reached the Final Four when he was a junior and won the national championship in 1988 when he and Boyle, now the coach at Colorado, were graduate assistants.

“I’ve seen a lot of banners, it’s a lot different,” Turgeon said. “I was coming from...

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The latest bracket projections and a hypothetical Maryland-Georgetown game

When the NCAA tournament brackets for men's basketball come out each March, there are usually a couple matchups -- or potential matchups -- that raise eyebrows and suggest that the selection committee was having some fun.

Maryland and Georgetown being placed in the same section of the bracket would accomplish that.

In their latest projections, ESPN's Joe Lunardi and CBS's Jerry Palm both have the Terps placed in a spot where they could see the Hoyas in the Round of 32.

The animosity between the schools' athletic programs has been well documented, so no use rehashing it all here. Refusing to schedule a regular season game for years, they haven't played in men's hoops since the Old Spice Classic in Orlando, Fla., in 2008, a game Georgetown won, 75-48.

Beyond all the drama, it would be an interesting matchup, particularly after seeing the Hoyas upset No. 4 Villanova on Monday night.

Lunardi's latest projected bracket was released Monday, before that Georgetown win. He has Maryland as the...

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