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This past week, Maryland was down in Georgia yet again to check out Wheeler (Ga.) High School's pair of junior blue-chippers. Maryland's staff had already made a trip earlier this school year to see Daniel Giddens and Jaylen Brown, and saw them both frequently during the Amateur Athletic Union circuit in the summer with Game Elite.
Brown, who is ranked eighth overall in the Top247, is hearing from schools from across the country. With a seemingly wide-open recruitment, several schools are still trying to see whether they have a shot with the elite 6-foot-7 wing prospect, but he has taken note of the consistent efforts of a handful of teams.
"Its been crazy. Most of the time during the week, I just shut my phone off because I end up with like 300 messages a day," Brown told IMS. "There have been a lot of schools, I really don’t want to leave anyone out. The schools that stand out are Clemson, UNC, Florida State, Alabama, Ohio State, N.C. State, UVA, Maryland and Georgia Tech. These are schools that are coming at me the hardest. … They are contacting me at least once a week."
Bino Ranson has been the main recruiter for the Terps — and the one who showed up at Wheeler's practice Wednesday — but the biggest weapon Maryland has may be Charles Mitchell, Brown's former Wheeler teammate.
"That’s my guy," Brown said. "He was a senior when I was a freshman and I learned a lot from him. He tells me about the campus and stuff like that, how much he likes it."
Brown said he doesn't know much about Maryland right now, but would like to find out more by visiting. He currently has no visits planned, saying he just plays things by ear and waits for a school to invite him up.
Brown and his family have been taking the process slow so far, but he plans to sit down with his mother to make a list of what he is looking for soon. Climate, his major (as of now, sports management) and how well he fits into the program are just some of the things they'll discuss.
He will also continue to talk to Mitchell about Maryland's program specifically.
"I’ll have to talk to Chuck more about it — how they treat their players, I have to find out whatever I’m majoring in [and] the program they have around that, I have to found out how I’d fit … how the coach operates, and what will be my role/job. I have to figure out a lot of stuff like that."Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun