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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.

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"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."

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• 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.

• Florida is chasing three serious Maryland targets: Good Counsel linebacker Jelani Jenkins, Quince Orchard cornerback Travis Hawkins and St. John's (D.C.) offensive lineman Pete White. GatorCountry.com analyzed Florida's chances with each prospect.

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.

• Chesapeake, Va., linebacker Jerod Askew, who previously listed UM in his final five, was named the top college prospect in the Hampton Roads area by The Virginian-Pilot.

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.

• According to The Fayetteville (N.C.) Observer, Windsor, N.C., offensive tackle Travis Bond is still considering Maryland for an official visit.

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.

• The recruitment of Good Counsel cornerback Louis Young, a 2010 prospect, is far from over, but Young told Yahoo! Sports that the Terps are in good shape.

"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."

Basketball recruiting

• The stock of Torrington, Conn., power forward Jordan Williams continues to rise. The Maryland target made his first appearance on the Rivals 150 this week, checking in as the No. 102 prospect in the country for the class of 2009.

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.

• Dix Hills, N.Y. forward Tobias Harris has plans to visit College Park soon, according to the New York Daily News.

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.

• According to Rivals.com, former Terps shooting guard signee Tyree Evans has finally found a home.

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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.

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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.

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