Weekly recruiting roundup

Montrose Christian shooting guard Terrence Ross has taken on the role of recruiter since committing to Maryland last month.

According to, Portland, Ore., forward Terrence Jones is being lured by Ross to College Park.


"Right now, I think it's more Terrence Ross recruiting him than Maryland recruiting him, but that's just me speaking for him, so you'd have to talk to him," said Jefferson coach Pat Strickland.

... "He can play all five positions and he can guard all five positions, from point guard to center," Strickland said. "As a sophomore, he played point guard for us 75 percent of the time. He has a great feel for the game. His passing really stands out. And he's a very good shot-blocker and rebounder."• reports that Terps power forward signee Jordan Williams has officially been admitted to the University of Maryland.


"It felt great because a lot of people didn't think I could do it. I felt like I had a lot to prove. I knew I would do it but there are always going to be people that doubt you," said Williams, a 6-foot-9-and-a-half, 250-pound power forward rated among the top 100 players in the country by some scouting services.

• Terps target Mychal Parker, a small forward from The Miller School in Charlottesville, Va., could wait awhile to make his decision.

"He wants to go to a team that's pretty much established and has a good supporting cast and that can win right away," [Parker's father, Omar] Parker said. "We're going to sit down and really think about what direction we're going in around the middle of the basketball season."

Parker said his son will likely wait until the spring signing period to make his decision. He said his son averaged close to 20 points and 6 to 7 assists a game at The Miller School this past season.

• Barring an extremely unforeseen turn of events, Lance Stephenson won't end up at Maryland. Now the Brooklyn (N.Y.) Lincoln shooting guard's other longtime finalist, St. John's, has stopped pursuing him, leaving just two schools still in the picture.

Memphis and Arizona appear to be the leading candidates now, but Stephenson has not visited either campus. The late signing period ends May 20.

Tucson Citizen columnist Steve Rivera wonders if Arizona should even go after Stephenson.

There's no question Stephenson is a dynamic player, but his character - given his desire to get to the NBA as quickly as possible - might not be a good fit for [Sean] Miller's system. Why risk it? What's to gain for one season?


• Columbus, Ohio forward and Terps target J.D. Weatherspoon turned in a solid performance during an AAU tournament in Fort Wayne, Ind., last weekend.

After a subpar showing at the King James tournament in Akron, J.D. Weatherspoon bounced back nicely. Weatherspoon, who as always had a few nasty dunks, stepped up his all around game. He did a good job of rebounding the ball as well as playing defense. Also he mixed in a few jump shots along the way, but it was his passing, rebounding, and defensive effort that made the difference for All-Ohio against the Wisconsin Playground Warriors.

NBE Basketball Report notes that Delaware center prospect Malcolm Gilbert has reclassified and is interested in the Terps.

Gilbert is apart of the 2011 class now after reclassifying when he transferred to the Academy of the New Church. The native of Smyrna (DE) previously attended St. Elizabeth HS in New Wilmington (DE) and has yet to decide on a school, although he is considering such schools as LaSalle, Delaware, Maryland, St. Joseph's and Virginia to name a few, as well as Big East schools in Villanova, Notre Dame and Rutgers, with more and more likely to enter the picture once the summer evaluation period gets in full swing.

• St. Benedict's (N.J.) Prep point guard Kelvin Amayo, a class of 2011 member, told Access Athletes that he'd like to hear more from Maryland.

At the moment, Amayo is being recruited by Western Kentucky University, Rutgers, Seton Hall, Maryland, Georgia, Tennessee, and Delaware. Only WKU has given Amayo an offer at this point. "I like Maryland, but they haven't offered me yet." He also likes Syracuse and Georgetown, but they haven't shown any interest in him.


Football recruiting's Michael Blouse expects big things from Easton (Pa.) Wilson quarterback Tyler Smith when the recent Terps commitment arrives in College Park.

But, my expectations are for Tyler Smith to eventually have a very productive college career. He's the best high school quarterback prospect I've seen in the Lehigh Valley in the past 10 years.

Better than former Bethlehem Catholic and West Virginia QB Adam Bednarik, better than former Liberty and current Northwestern QB Dan Persa, better than former Wilson and current Toledo QB D.J. Lenehan, and yes, better than current Liberty QB Anthony Gonzalez.

The Hammonton (N.J.) News spoke recently with defensive end Ian Evans, a 6-foot-3, 230-pounder who committed to Maryland last week.

"It has been exciting," Evans said. "At first, I didn't know what to think, but my mom helped me and guided me through, and it has been fun."


He added: "I visited the school twice. It has a great football program and I talked to the coach about my career (aspirations) and future. It was a great place and it's a great program. It is where I want to be. I saw them play and I wanted to be out there with them."

• Dunbar (D.C.) linebacker Javarie Johnson earned positive reviews during last Saturday's Nike combine at Penn State.

Javarie Johnson (Washington D.C./Dunbar) passed the look test and showed a great attitude Saturday. The 6-foot-3 and 210-pound outside linebacker struggled a bit in pass coverage, but he has the potential with his long and lanky frame to gain plenty of weight and put his hand down and move to defensive end in college.

• H.D. Woodson (D.C.) quarterback Ricardo Young announced his commitment to Virginia Tech on Thursday. Young picked the Hokies over Maryland, West Virginia, UConn and several others.

Young, who informed the Tech staff of his decision last Saturday, was scheduled to make the decision public tonight at the Big-Time Showcase Camp, which is being held at Rutgers University.

• Carey, Ohio offensive tackle Michael Dennis sports offers from Maryland, Indiana, Iowa State and several MAC schools.


"I have learned a few more things," Dennis said. "Iowa State plays football in a big-time conference. They play out of the spread. I am trying to get out to Iowa State and Maryland, maybe go down to Cincinnati and Indiana this summer."

• Bergen (N.J.) Catholic running back Doug Rigg has tentative plans to visit College Park.

"I'm probably gonna go down to a one-day camp at Maryland. They said they wanted to see me do that. I'm going with the team down to Boston College's camp in June. Other than that I'm not sure if I'm going to others (camps)."