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Weekly recruiting roundup

The past week was particularly light on football recruiting news -- probably for a couple different reasons.

1.) High school football playoffs are getting under way, so many prospects are focused on that, not recruiting.

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2.) Maryland's class is almost filled, so there aren't too many targets that the Terps staff is really going after at this point.

Today's light-on-news edition of the roundup reflects that, and also checks in with a couple former targets that are officially headed elsewhere.

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• Apparently UM target and Alexandria, Va. offensive tackle Jimmy Bennett is more than just a mammoth offensive tackle – at least in high school. The Connection Newspapers reports that Bennett made an unlikely position move that paid off for his high school squad this week.

It's not hard to miss Jimmy Bennett on West Potomac's football field. A physical specimen that has colleges recruiters salivating, the 6-foot-9, 280-pound Wolverine usually mans the offensive tackle and defensive end slots. But while facing Annandale on Monday, the West Potomac coaching staff tweaked his defensive position. To middle linebacker?

• Over the summer, an unlikely recruiting battle for Harmony, Fla. safety/wide receiver O'Neill Chambers developed -- Maryland vs. BYU. There hasn't been much on the Terps and Chambers as of late (he probably falls into category No. 2). According to the Salt Lake Tribune, the Cougars might be on the outside looking in as well.

Chambers has offers from Maryland, Florida, Purdue and South Carolina, is not LDS and has no ties to BYU other than the fact that his high school coach, Tyler Anderson, played for the Cougars.

• Extremely sad news involving a former Terp target -- Fort Dorchester (S.C) defensive end Robert Quinn had a tumor in his brain removed Monday after collapsing in his home the day before.

The biopsy results, which will tell whether or not the tumor is cancerous, are pending, but Quinn was able to speak with his teammates Tuesday.

"We put him on the speaker phone and he told the guys to keep their heads up and to get after it," Fort Dorchester coach Steve LaPrad said. "He said he would see them soon. He's just like old Robert. He's waiting there to get well. He's waiting to get the word."

• News broke late last week that Dunbar (D.C) defensive tackle Reggie Ellis committed to Illinois. The Chicago Tribune has more on the commitment and the much-discussed D.C. to Champaign pipeline.

"He can't wait to get to Champaign and be a difference-maker just like the rest of us and help our program from top to bottom," said sophomore cornerback Vontae Davis, a Dunbar alum. "As long as coach [Ron] Zook is here, myself and Arrelious [Benn], a lot of D.C. guys will feel at home in Champaign."

• Augusta (Ga.) defensive back Sanders Commings sported an early Maryland offer and occasionally listed the Terps in his top five. Still, he was thought to be a longshot, and those thoughts proved accurate when he committed to Georgia earlier this week.

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