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With three weeks left until National Signing Day Eve, InsideMDSports takes a look at players currently listed in the Maryland Crystal Ball and breaks down the Terps' odds.
Status: 62% Maryland, 24% Florida State, 11% Florida, 3% Ohio State
Inside Word: The Gators have received the last three picks in the Crystal Ball, no doubt in part due to the word that Prince's good friend, Jalen Tabor, had flipped to Florida and would be enrolling early.
I'm not so certain that plays a big role in his recruitment. In fact, Prince has said that very thing, stating that he and Tabor are making separate decisions and are not necessarily looking to go to the same place.
For how much talk there is about South Carolina, I'm surprised it hasn't gotten more love. I'd consider the Gamecocks the biggest threat to the hometown team. Still, I have a hard time seeing him going so far from home with how close he is to his family, and I'm staying firm with my pick of Maryland.
Status: 73% Penn State, 27% Maryland
Inside Word: It was all but certain that he was flipping to Penn State after decommitting from Maryland, but new head coach James Franklin is going in another direction. He's already picked up a commitment from former Vanderbilt pledge Chance Sorrell, and could very well be done at the position.
At this point, I don't think Franklin calls Cohen at all, and if he does, at this point, it should be obvious that he is a backup plan. That won't sit well with the four-star prospect who really should be a first option for most teams.
That's also why I am watching North Carolina, but am not overly concerned about them at the moment. The Tar Heels' offer is one that's only an offer if Cohen accepts it, much like when schools say they offered one person, and that's the new coach. They never actually "offer" someone until they are ready to sign on the dotted line.
For now, Cohen does not have a visit set up to Chapel Hill, Penn State is likely moving on, and Maryland still holds him in the highest regard. I think he recommits.
Status: 100% Maryland
Inside Word: This story is one that is well known among Terps fans by now. There was never any doubt in Johnson's recruitment, as he was always set to commit to Maryland. Grades will hold him back from likely doing that this time around. In fact, he may even commit somewhere else just do it before national signing day.
In the end, though, it's almost a certainty that he will end up at junior college and that schools will be fawning all over him again in two years, including Maryland, which should be a prohibitive favorite for the US Army All American.
Status: 100% Maryland
Inside Word: Ezeagwu has three visits left before signing day: Maryland, Virginia and Old Dominion. Right now, Virginia's staff is in flux, and the Cavaliers are scrambling to hold their current class together. As for Old Dominion, as talented as the Monarchs are and as good of a coaching staff as they have, they are still not playing the same level of football as Maryland will in the Big Ten Conference. Combine that with the fact that the Terps' staff has made him a priority, and several picks have gone the way of Maryland.
I have not made my pick, yet, but could very shortly. I'm keeping an eye out just in case a couple new names pop up on the radar with the new coaching additions and the other inevitable changes across the college landscape that will occur over the next week. For now, know that I'm leaning toward Maryland on this one.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun