Weekly recruiting roundup

When Lance Stephenson was scheduled to announce his college choice in March, Kansas, St. John's and Maryland were the three schools on his list.

Nearly three months later, only the Terps remain from that trio. Meanwhile, other schools that got in the mix after Stephenson's non-announcement at the McDonald's All-American game have also fallen by the wayside.


This week's Gary Parrish quoted a Florida source who said there's a "zero [percent] chance" the Gators take the Brooklyn (N.Y.) Lincoln shooting guard.

And when you consider that Arizona's Sean Miller also seems skeptical, that leaves Maryland and Memphis as the lone schools still believed to be genuinely open to taking Stephenson, although sources close to the Memphis progam have long insisted Josh Pastner and his staff do not have a good feeling for where they stand, don't really know what's happening with Stephenson or what he's thinking.


In a story on basketball one-and-dones this week,'s Jason Cole touches on the two schools that apparently remain on Stephenson's list.

One is Memphis, which has continued to court Stephenson while dealing with the NCAA investigation into who at the university knew about Rose's allegedly fraudulent SAT score. The other is Maryland, where for years coach Gary Williams touted his ethical standards in recruiting. But now he's also trying to right a program that has struggled since winning the 2002 national title and could use a young star.

Adam Zagoria, meanwhile, speculates that almost by process of elimination, Maryland could be Stephenson's leader.

That leaves Gary Williams at Maryland, assuming Stephenson ends up in college.

I know I have gone on record before saying Maryland was out of it, but Williams has now been in this thing the longest of any of the coaches involved.

• City center Jordan Latham recommitted to Xavier on Wednesday. Now the Musketeers are hoping to land another former commitment in Columbus, Ohio power forward J.D. Weatherspoon.'s Clint Spaeth weighed in on Weatherspoon's list.

It is believed that Ohio State or Xavier are the likely destinations for Weatherspoon, but Maryland is drawing interest as well.

The Fayetteville (N.C.) Observer this week profiled Holly Springs, N.C., power forward C.J. Leslie, who still has a lengthy list of schools under consideration.


"To be honest with you, it's impossible to say," Leslie says. "I'm wide open. Seriously. Right now, I'm wide open."

Football recruiting

• Christchurch, Va., tight end Josh Lovell told this week that "Maryland is No. 1 by a long shot."

"Maryland is up there because they talk about playing time and how easily I could start my freshman year. They've talked about how they can use me and I like my recruiter, Coach Brattan. Coach Friedgen is cool too. I like them a lot."

• Midlothian, Va., offensive guard Matt Arkema told he plans to visit College Park on the 15th.

"I've never been to Maryland. I'd like to see it. As for [Virginia] Tech, I want to see a couple more things. I haven't seen the campus and definitely want to spend more time with the coaches."


• St. John's College (D.C.) defensive tackle Andre Monroe picked up his fourth scholarship offer this week.

"I got my third offer from Akron and fourth from Ohio recently," he said. "I also have offers from New Mexico and Maryland.

The Washington Post's Recruiting Spotlight featured Linganore offensive tackle and Maryland target Robby Havenstein this week. Click here to see the video.