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Stocky Maryland lineman Andre Monroe hopes NFL teams focus more on production than his height

Growing up in Upper Marlboro, Andre Monroe attended the University of Pittsburgh football camp in hopes of earning a scholarship.

Although Monroe impressed the Panthers coaching staff, the St. John's College High School standout was soon informed that he wouldn’t be recruited by them because they had just offered a scholarship to another undersized, aggressive defensive lineman.

That player was Aaron Donald, a future All-American, Outland and Lombardi award winner at Pitt who beat Ravens inside linebacker C.J. Mosley for NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year honors last season with the St. Louis Rams.

“It’s funny because the Pitt coaches told me I performed well and that they loved how I play, but unfortunately they went with Aaron Donald,” Monroe told The Baltimore Sun. “The coaches said there were some similarities between us in terms of size and how we played. It’s good to see somebody with similar size to me do so well in the NFL. People have even said we look a bit alike, too. I guess...

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Maryland running back Albert Reid, safety Zach Dancel to transfer

Running back Albert Reid and safety Zach Dancel will transfer from Maryland, an athletic department spokesman said Friday.

Both are expected to graduate in the next few months, meaning they would be eligible to play immediately at another Football Bowl Subdivision school.

A former four-star recruit out of Friendship Collegiate Academy in Washington, Reid showed some promise as a sophomore, rushing 70 times for 294 yards and two touchdowns, including a career-high 75 yards on 15 carries against Clemson. He was injured for most of last season, rushing just 16 times for 61 yards and a touchdown.

The 5-foot-10, 215-pound Reid was not expected to see much playing time next season behind rising senior starter Brandon Ross, as well as juniors Wes Brown and Jasquille Veii. Veii played both running back and slot wide receiver last season but is expected to be used almost exclusively as a ball carrier next season.

Dancel, who grew up in Ellicott City and attended Good Counsel, spent his freshman...

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Mark Turgeon says Diamond Stone's signing 'energizes a lot of people'

Rankings can be deceiving. Mark Turgeon's fourth recruiting class since coming to Maryland might be ranked the lowest since he first took over from Gary Williams in 2011, yet the impact of incoming freshman Diamond Stone may help transform the Terps into a perennial national power.

Stone, a five-star prospect and the No. 2-rated center in his class, officially became a future Terp on Wednesday when he and his parents signed a financial aid package with the school. Stone joins junior college point guard Jaylen Brantley, a former 4-star prospect who played last season at Odessa (Tex.) Junior College, in the Terps' incoming class.

Barely on the radar before Stone committed last month, the two-man class is ranked 37th in the country by ESPN.com, compared to a No. 8 ranking a year ago when point guard Melo Trimble led a five-player class. Maryland ranked 18th in 2012 with a four-player class led by center Shaquille Cleare.

Yet the addition of Stone and Brantley -- who as a high school sophomore...

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Diamond Stone's father details why his son decided to play at Maryland

Diamond Stone's decision to choose Maryland over Wisconsin, Connecticut and Oklahoma State was influenced by a "bevy" of factors, not the least of which was a before-and-after presentation showing the transformation of former Terps center Alex Len from a skinny Ukrainian teenager to a player taken No. 5 in the 2013 NBA draft.

While Robert Stone said Wednesday that he and his wife, Cynthia, were impressed with the diversity of the student body in College Park as well as the proximity of the campus to thriving African-American communities, the presentation played a big role for their son, ranked the No. 2 high school center in the country.

"All these schools have great trainers, great training facilities," Robert Stone said in a telephone interview. "Maryland showed what they did to get Alex where he was and what he became. It was visual to him, it wasn't a coach or a strength and conditioning coach telling him. They showed us actual workouts with Alex. I think that stuck with him and the...

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Diamond Stone signs agreement to join Terps

Maryland men’s basketball coach Mark Turgeon and assistant coach Bino Ranson had just left Diamond Stone’s house in Milwaukee one Friday night last month when the five-star prospect ranked as the second-best high school big man in the country sent them a text message.

Fortunately, the rental car had been pulled to the side of the road before the two coaches read it.

“He said, ‘I’m going to commit’. Of course, we’re like, ‘Where? I hope it’s Maryland,’” Turgeon recalled with a laugh Wednesday. “With recruiting, you just hope everything’s true and everything happens. It was a great moment.”

After Stone tweeted his decision that he picked the Terps, “everything went crazy after that,” Turgeon said.

The recruiting victory became official Wednesday when the 6-foot-10, 250-pound five-star center and his parents signed a financial aid agreement for Stone to attend Maryland. The family chose the financial aid agreement, rather than a national letter of intent, in order to give Stone the freedom to...

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A closer look at the factors in Damion Lee's transfer decision

On Sunday, Drexel transfer Damion Lee (Calvert Hall) announced that he had cut his list of schools that he is still considering to five: Arizona, Gonzaga, Louisville, Marquette and Maryland.

Lee said there will be a number of factors to consider. Here is a closer look at how some of those factors line up with his potential future schools:

Winning a national championship

Based on last season’s performance and the projections looking ahead to 2015-16, four of the five schools on Lee’s list make some sense while one, Marquette, appears to be the outlier.

Maryland has been given 12-1 odds in Las Vegas to win a national championship, pretty heady stuff for a program that just made it back to the NCAA tournament for the first time in five years and only reached the Round of 32.

According to OddsShark, Gonzaga and Arizona are each 25-1 to win it all next year. Louisville is 33-1 and Marquette is 100-1.

Given the fact that Louisville coach Rick Pitino is the only one in the group to have been...

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