I've stubbornly held off from writing anything about 2010 basketball recruiting for Maryland, but with AAU season in full swing and new offers going out to several prospects, it's probably time to give in.

This week, Adam Zagoria of ZagsBlog has updates on two sophomores with Terps offers. One of those prospects is Dix Hills, N.Y. swingman Tobias Harris, who has plenty of early options.


A slew of schools have already offered Harris, with Rutgers being the first. UConn, Maryland, Arizona, Virginia Tech and Indiana previously offered, according to Torrel Harris, Tobias's father and coach of his Unique All-Stars AAU club.

Zagoria also updates the recruitment of Plainfield, N.J. point guard Isaiah Epps, who was recently offered by Maryland.


"He was formally offered a schollie by Gary Williams," Plainfield coach Pete Vasil said Monday. "Both assistants are supposed to come tomorrow morning for a visit. This is the guard they've targeted in the Class of 2010. They're looking for him to play major minutes.

• The Bobby Maze watch continues, and ZagsBlog has the latest.

"Bobby is visiting Cincinnati this weekend, Kentucky the weekend after that," Hutchison (Kan.) Community College coach Ryan Swanson said by email. "No visit has been set yet for St. John's."

• Former Terps target Ater Majok ended his recruitment this week. The one-time Baylor commitment picked Connecticut over Kentucky, Kansas and a host of others.

The 6-foot-10, 220-pound forward from the Heat Basketball Academy in Virginia picked the Huskies after careful deliberation. HBA coach Jason Niblett confirmed the news with Rivals.com.

"He felt at home and he wants a chance to win a national championship," Niblett said. "I think he felt like [UConn] was the best fit for him."

Football recruiting

• In the third installment of The Sun series, Recruiting Tavon Austin, the Dunbar running back talks about picking up an offer from Georgia, and the possibility of playing in the SEC.

The SEC is known for producing some of the best NFL-ready players, and I think it's one of the strongest conferences in college football. I'm not really worrying about any of that, though. I want to choose a school based on how I feel and where I feel the most comfortable.

The Washington Post's latest installment of Recruiting Spotlight looks at Quince Orchard defensive tackle Terrence Stephens. According to The Post, Stephens sports offers from Maryland, Nebraska, Stanford, West Virginia, Syracuse, N.C. State, Connecticut and Penn State. Click here to see the video.

The Post's Josh Barr checked in with Roosevelt (D.C.) head coach Daryl Tilghman this week for an update on defensive end prospect Darin Drakeford. According to Tilghman, the Terps look increasingly favorable to Drakeford.

"At first, I thought he was lukewarm toward Maryland, but after they talked he kind of had a different look at Maryland and is getting a little more interested," Tilghman said of the 6-1, 210-pound Drakeford, who is projected as a rush linebacker with about 20-25 more pounds on his frame. "I know he's going to their camp this summer."


• Newark (Del.) Hodgson Vo-Tech twins Jamil Merrell, a defensive lineman, and Jamal Merrell, a wide receiver, told Yahoo! Sports that they plan on visiting College Park this summer.

"We're going to Rutgers and Maryland. We plan on going to Florida State, Tennessee and maybe West Virginia. We'll probably have a favorite school after visiting those over the summer."

• Virginia Beach (Va.) Landstown running back Sterlin Phifer made a recent visit to Maryland. The Terps haven't extended an offer, but Phifer considers UM one of the leaders in his recruitment.

"It was a good visit there too," he said. "I've been there a number of times and it was nothing different. I got to talk to Coach Brattan. They want me to come to camp and then they'll probably offer."

Currently Maryland and West Virginia are two of four schools leading for Phifer.

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