Weekly football recruiting roundup

Just three weekends remain until Signing Day on Feb. 6, and it's clear the Maryland coaching staff plans on taking advantage of them.

This weekend the Terps will host a few uncommitted prospects. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that one such prospect is Georgia quarterback Tyler Bass -- a dual-threat quarterback who has offers from Louisville, Purdue, Indiana, Louisiana Tech, Southern Miss and Tulane, according to


Most folks in recruiting circles know about Stockbridge's Tyler Bass, the run/pass threat at quarterback who's being recruited by several schools, including Louisville (where he visited last weekend) and Maryland (where he has a visit scheduled for this weekend).

Bass won't be the only 2008 quarterback prospect in College Park this weekend. According to his profile, Tahlequah (Okla.) quarterback Nathan Stanley is also coming to town. Stanley,'s No. 23 pro-style quarterback in the country, holds offers from Kansas State, Mississippi and Oklahoma State, among others.


A third visitor (also according to is Gonzaga cornerback Johnson Bademosi. According to this December story from, academics are a high priority for the 6-foot-1, 190-pounder.

With a 3.6 core GPA and a 1700 SAT, academics are a priority for Bademosi and that's why he's also strongly considering the Ivy Leagues. "I love the Ivy League schools and the education you get there is outstanding," he said. "I know the level of football is different and that's something I'm considering too."

• The Pocono (Pa.) Record has the latest on Maryland's highest-rated remaining target, DeMatha wide receiver Kenny Tate.

Hyattsville, Md., wide receiver Kenny Tate, rated by as a four-star prospect, moved his visit [to Penn State] from next weekend to this one, cancelling his visit to Florida in the process.

"When we had our meeting (Jan. 11) he made it clear right away that he needed to take his SAT probably the weekend of Jan. 25 and that he wanted to cancel the visit to Florida and only really make three official visits with that final visit being to Penn State," Tate's high school coach Bill McGregor told Blue White Illustrated.

The other two visits were to Maryland and Illinois. McGregor was quoted in the same article as saying he's "quite confident that by the middle of next week" Tate will let the coaches from his final three schools know of his decision.

One final note from the Record article: Tate will have some Maryland company in State College, Pa. this weekend.

Three-star defensive tackle Zach Kerr out of Gaithersburg, Md., will also visit this weekend. The 6-2, 323-pounder lists the Nittany Lions, Rutgers, Maryland and Virginia Tech as his finalists.


• All is quiet on the Chris Harper front -- at least where the Terps are concerned. The Wichita, Kan. quarterback (who withdrew his commitment from Kansas State after James Franklin took the Maryland offensive coordinator job) mentioned four potential destinations to The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle recently, but Maryland wasn't one of them.

Anyway, the one-time K-State commit is still up in the air. He said he hasn't heard from any of the coaches in Manhattan -- it is the dead period, after all. But that hasn't stopped Oregon from scheduling a visit to Wichita on the first day the dead period is lifted, nor has it deterred Illinois from making plans for Tuesday.

"They're still writing letters," Harper said. Aside from the Ducks, Illini and the Wildcats, Harper is still keen on Missouri. He's still adamant about playing quarterback -- and he says most of the coaches recruiting him are as excited about the possibility as he is.

• Another new-ish potential name for the Terps in 2008 is Anderson, S.C. defensive back Lee Butler. The Anderson (S.C.) Independent Mail updates Butler's status.

Westside all-purpose speedster Lee Butler, a Shrine Bowler, has kept his "soft" commitment with Duke, and has had several encouraging conversations with new coach David Cutcliffe, Westside coach Ted Luckadoo said. Butler hasn't made an official visit to Duke, but he also has offers from Georgia Tech, Louisville, Maryland, and Vanderbilt. Duke and Vanderbilt have recruited him the longest. Butler initially committed to Duke in June.

• South Carolina linebacker Sterling Lucas has plenty of schools -- Maryland included -- chasing him, but according to, the in-state Gamecocks are still evaluating. It might depend on what Steve Spurrier and company decide in their evaluation, but for now Lucas is slated for an upcoming College Park visit.


NC State head coach Tom O'Brien also is visiting with Lucas today, and he was offered by Wake Forest this morning. Lucas visited NC State last weekend and will visit North Carolina this weekend. He has dropped Michigan State and replaced them with a trip to Maryland January 25th, unless he changes that for USC. He also might take a mid-week visit to Wake Forest.

• Terps offensive tackle commitment R.J. Dill earned a spot on Pennsylvania's 34-man roster for the Big 33 Football Classic this summer.

The Pennsylvania team will again face an all-star contingent from Ohio on June 14 with kickoff scheduled for 7 p.m. Pennsylvania has won two straight in the series, including last year's 28-10 victory.'s Tom Lemming mentioned that he liked Terps wide receiver commitment Kevin Dorsey in Tuesday's edition of 'Five questions'. Based on his recently released 2008 player rankings, Lemming wasn't kidding.

The longtime football recruiting analyst has Dorsey rated the country's No. 13 wide receiver and the No. 79 overall player in the country.

• Former Maryland wide receiver target O'Neill Chambers committed to BYU this week.


"I felt really welcome there and knew the people were going to treat me well," Chambers said. "It's the perfect place for all of us."

Recruiting Report programming note: There's a decent amount of basketball recruiting news from the week, so I'll save that for another post either later today or tomorrow morning.