Back in June, East Forsyth (N.C.) quarterback Danny O'Brien committed to Maryland over offers from Duke and East Carolina.
In a Winston-Salem Journal profile of O'Brien, East Forsyth head coach Todd Willert said being slightly overlooked serves as motivation for O'Brien.
"I think he feels like he gets slighted quite a bit," Willert said of O'Brien. "He is not all about that though; he wants to win. But deep down, he hears people talking about other quarterbacks, and I have told him the more you win, the more they talk about you. The big thing is he got his offers and now he can relax and enjoy playing football and not worry about trying to earn a scholarship. The biggest pressure he has is he wants to win.
"That's what you need in a quarterback. The colleges that sat down and talked to him realized his leadership and knowledge of the game."
• The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette singles out two UM commitments in its preview of the PG North.
Maryland recruit C.J. Brown, a 6-foot-4, 190-pound quarterback [for Seneca Valley], passed for 1,567 yards last season as a junior. His top target last season, Matt Plautz, returns after catching 51 passes for 659 yards and also earning all-conference honors. …
Maryland recruit Ryan Schlieper (6-5, 278) and Mike Vuono (6-3, 280), both seniors, will anchor the [North Allegheny] offensive line and linebacker Jackson Boyd and defensive end Wes Henderson should do so for the defense. Senior Brian Austin, a the WPIAL 100-meter champion in track, led the team in receiving yards last season.
The Post-Gazette also conducted a Q&A with Brown.
TRAVIS HAWKINS, CB (5-11, 190, Gaithersburg, MD Quince Orchard): Haven't been able to get in touch with Hawkins, who performed very well during Friday Night Light's. I think there is some mutual interest but, I really don't see him ending up at Florida.
1. Jerod Askew, Oscar Smith linebacker: His stock keeps going up, up, up. Coaches see him and his game film, and say he's a beast, which is exactly what they want.
The 6-foot-8, 330-pounder has set an Oct. 25 date to make an official visit to Michigan. He's also considering visits with East Carolina, Maryland, N.C. State, North Carolina and UCLA.
"I don't have a list yet but I really like Boston College and Maryland right now," he said.
"I like Boston College because of the coaches there and the atmosphere. I work out with Coach Haden and his son goes there, so we have a connection. That helps a lot.
"With Maryland, it's close to home and I go up there a lot. I have a good relationship with the coaches."
The Register Citizen spoke with the 6-foot-10, 245-pounder and his family, some of whom are still getting used to Williams' status as a top recruit.
"I got a call from (Maryland coach) Gary Williams and, for a minute, I thought it was one of my friends joking with me," said Leron [Williams, Jordan's father], still sort of amazed that the guy he used to stuff so easily in the driveway - for his own good - is now so sought after, at least partially as a result.
Harris said he plans to visit Maryland, Virginia and Georgetown next week, although a plethora of other schools - including Louisville, UConn, Texas and Rutgers - are still in the hunt for him. He has no timetable on a decision (he's just a junior), but he said he might decide this year.
Rivals.com has learned that 6-foot-3 guard Tyree Evans has been accepted to Kent State. Evans, the No. 6 prospect in the 2008 junior college rankings, will join the team as a walk-on. The Golden Flashes did not have any scholarships available.
• TampaBay.com reports that ex-Terp Gus Gilchrist is waiting for a ruling on his immediate future at South Florida.
Frontcourt depth is a key, and hinges on two things. First, hugely, is a hardship waiver being filed for power forward Gus Gilchrist, the transfer from Maryland. It hasn't gone out yet, but if granted, would allow Gilchrist to play this season.