Quarterback is a definite position of need for Maryland in its 2009 recruiting class, and this past week saw a bit of movement on that front.

On Wednesday, West Springfield (Va.) signal-caller Bryn Renner committed to North Carolina over offers from Maryland, Virginia Tech, West Virginia, Michigan State, Ohio and Delaware, according to the Winston-Salem (N.C.) Journal.


Bill Renner, Bryn's father and coach, said that his son is confident that he will develop as a player under Coach Butch Davis and offensive coordinator John Shoop, who is also the quarterbacks coach.

"He also really thinks that the program is headed in a great direction," Bill Renner said.

• Yesterday Loyola quarterback Leon Kinnard, who Maryland had offered as a defensive back, committed to Connecticut, which promised him a shot at quarterback.

Kinnard, who was at UConn's practice Thursday, threw for 1,489 yards and 13 touchdowns as a junior last season, leading Loyola (9-1) to a state title. Kinnard also had an offer from Maryland. Kinnard is the second oral commitment of the 2009 signing class, joining Seymour linebacker Mike Osiecki, who committed March 1.

• Fayetteville (N.C.) Jack Britt quarterback Everett Proctor picked up an 'athlete' offer from N.C. State earlier this month. But according to Proctor's high school coach, a Terps offer at quarterback could bring a quick end to his recruitment.

But while Proctor has an early favorite in Maryland, according to [Jack Britt coach Richard] Bailey, [offensive lineman Xavier] Nixon is still sorting through the options.

"With other kids I've had here, you could kind of tell who they liked,'' Bailey said. "With (linebacker) Wesley (Flagg), he liked (North) Carolina. I know if my quarterback gets an offer from Maryland, he's probably going to commit on the spot.

WashingtonPost.com continues its Recruiting Spotlight video series with a profile of Good Counsel linebacker Jelani Jenkins. Jenkins, who has more than 25 scholarship offers, just turned 16, and has over a 3.8 grade point average. Click here to watch the video.

• A Maryland/D.C. contingent of football players represented the area well last weekend at the Badger Sport/New Level Skills Pass Camp in Akron, Ohio. Thanks to the team speed of local players like Dunbar's Tavon Austin and River Hill's Michael Campanaro, the Maryland/DC squad topped Pennsylvania's team in the final.

Maryland/DC was led by (Dunbar) running back Tavon Austin who may be the most dangerous player in the country when he gets in the open field. Austin looks like a bigger version of Noel Devine. Michael Campanaro (River Hill) who is always the model of consistency caught touchdown passes in every game his team played. (Anne Arundel) wide receiver Alec Lemon performed quite well for his team. Campanaro's teammate Malek Redd came up big a few times for his squad including two circus catches in the championship game that he so kindly dedicated in his post game speech.

• Maryland offensive line coach Tom Brattan has made his mark on the recruiting trail in Virginia. But according to Doug Doughty of the Roanoke (Va.) Times, a new assistant at West Virginia could make things in Virginia more difficult for any team trying to pull players from the state.

Chris Beatty's return to Tidewater should not be taken lightly by his fellow football recruiters.

Beatty, hired by new West Virginia football coach Bill Stewart, was the point man for the Mountaineers' successful recruitment of Phoebus quarterback Tahj Boyd and Great Bridge wide receiver Logan Heastie.

Doughty also has a note on Sherando (Va.) quarterback Ross Metheny. Metheny has reportedly received some Maryland interest, but he picked up an offer from Virginia this week.


Programming note: I'll post a basketball recruiting roundup at some point tomorrow.