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Weekly recruiting roundup

Terrell Stoglin was somewhat of an unknown commodity when he committed to Maryland last spring.

Those days of national anonymity are officially over thanks to the Tucson (Ariz.) Santa Rita point guard's play at the adidas Super 64 AAU tournament in Las Vegas this week. During the first day of play, Stoglin earned rave reviews from MaxPreps.com.

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Maryland is getting a good one in Stoglin. The Santa Rita High School (Tucson, Ariz.) guard kept Pump-N-Run in the game against Canada Grassroots Elite when it looked like things could get ugly. Stoglin drilled four big 3-pointers, teamed up for the play of the day on an alley-oop to teammate Erik Swoope and never let the defensive pressure of the Canadians take him out of his game.

The Sporting News' Mike DeCourcy singled out Stoglin as a name to remember.

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Committed to Maryland, Stoglin insists he's a point guard. He doesn't have the same elusiveness as the best at that position, but Gary Williams' flex offense makes it less necessary.

"I felt like that would be the best place for me to go," Stoglin said. "I like the way they play. I like the enthusiasm Coach Williams brings to the team. I like how they run, how they play hard."• According to numerous reports, Portland, Ore., power forward and Terps target Terrence Jones has been one of the most impressive players in Las Vegas thus far.

With 20-plus major college head coaches looking on - including UCLA's Ben Howland, Mike Krzyzewski of Duke, Washington's Lorenzo Romar and Jamie Dixon of Pittsburgh - Terrence Jones put up a pretty good argument as to why he could be the No.1 prospect out west next season.

The 6-foot-8 left hander helped lead the Portland-based I-5 team to a 103-43 victory over the North Carolina's D-One team during Grassroots Basketball Organization of America's Challenge of Champions.

USA Today caught up with Jones, who explained his unique skill set.

He played point guard throughout middle school because he was one of the shortest guys and credits his aunt Ava, who played at Washington, with teaching him the game.

"In high school, I just kept growing and kept the skills that I have," said Jones, who is related to former NBA point guard Damon Stoudamire and current NBA guard Salim Stoudamire.

While Maryland's been linked with Jones in the past, the five-star prospect gave Rivals.com a list of schools that didn't include UM.

Terrence Jones is wide open and has a plethora of schools recruiting him, but he did name Kentucky, Arizona, Duke, North Carolina, Connecticut and Oklahoma as the six schools at the top of his list. Duke and North Carolina are the only schools recruiting Jones who have not yet offered.

• Memphis coaches were on hand to check out Baltimore Assault -- featuring Roscoe Smith and Josh Selby -- on Wednesday in Las Vegas.

Smith, ranked 24th by Rivals.com, has really long arms and gets in the middle of everything. He's also got nice skills at his size, so he's definitely a big-time prospect from Baltimore. Tigers assistant Jack Murphy has an NBA connection to someone close to Smith, so Memphis will definitely be involved.

• San Diego power forward and Terps target James Johnson caught the attention of NBADraft.net's Joshua Motenko during day two of the Las Vegas tournament.

The Pump N Run Elite team had one player who looked solid in 6'9" James Johnson impressed with excellent post position and some veteran back-to-the-basket moves, and had a monster jam after cutting down the lane and taking off from a step and a half inside the free throw line. He is a little bit clumsy, but with a 7-foot wingspan, and toughness, he makes things challenging for opponents.

SLAM's Aggrey Sam was impressed with DeMatha junior power forward Mikael Hopkins during a recent stopover in Washington.

If players were stocks, this would be the time to buy Hopkins, as his potential is turning into production right in front of observers' eyes–always long, athletic and agile, he's now a more authoritative rebounder and defensive presence, he finishes strong post moves with a flourish and he continues to expand his ball skills–in a recession-proof fashion.

• Maryland women's commitment Alyssa Thomas was a standout performer at the 2009 Summer Showcase in Elgin, Ill., according to ESPN HoopGurlz analyst Kelvin Powell.

Thomas can play every position and did. Her guard qualities consisted of great decision making skills and solid ballhandling. Both of these traits make her an instant playmaker. Couple that with her 6-foot-1, ultra-athletic frame and opponents are looking at trouble with no real solutions. As a forward, Thomas can post or slash to the rim and finish with either hand effectively. The Maryland commit can play the point, wing and post all in one possession.

Football recruiting

• Maryland's first commitment of the 2010 class is now its most highly rated recruit. Wise safety Titus Till is now a four-star prospect, according to Rivals.com.

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There were numerous additions at defensive back and athlete, as well. Upper Marlboro (Md.) Wise safety Titus Till moved into the 250 at No. 129 after an outstanding performance at the Virginia Nike Camp. He has committed to Maryland.

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• Terps commitment Nermin Delic was named one of the top tight ends in Georgia by Scout.com.

Delic is a really good blocker and may be the most physical tight end of the state. He may play defensive end on the next level. Already committed to Maryland.

• Alabama is a recent entrant into the sweepstakes to land DeMatha offensive tackle Arie Kouandjio.

A new name emerging on the Tide's wish list is Arie Kouandjio, Scout.com three-star offensive tackle from Dematha Catholic School in Hyattsvillle, Md. Koudandjio is a 6-foot-5, 315-pound tackle who holds scholarship offers from schools across the country. He has not trimmed a list of favorites, but has strong interest in Alabama, LSU and Miami.

• The Maryland staff wants to see more film of H.D. Woodson (D.C.) cornerback Don Hursey before offering a scholarship.

"Virginia Tech, West Virginia, NC State and Maryland want to see them this season, so I'm open right now for anyone."

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