After Tony Mitchell backed out of his commitment to Kansas State last month, Maryland was one of many schools to offer a scholarship to the three-star forward from Grand Prairie, Texas.

The Terps hope to receive a visit from Mitchell, whose stock is on the rise, according to Rivals.com's Jerry Meyer.


There are similarities between Mitchell and Perry Jones. Both are elite athletes with size and talented but raw skill games. They both have helped their stocks tremendously in Vegas. Jones has gone from borderline elite prospect to potential No. 1 prospect. Mitchell has established himself as a five-star prospect and bona fide NBA prospect.

At 6-foot-7 and with a live body, Mitchell is a legitimate small forward with an explosive first step. He is a developing three-point shooter who also has a post up game. And on the glass, he can rebound with the best of them.• MaxPreps.com's Jason Hickman had good things to say about Terps point guard commitment Terrell Stoglin after seeing him in Las Vegas last week.

Saw Stoglin just once, but the Arizona guard kept Pump-N-Run Elite in the game against Grassroots Canada with big threes and competent ballhandling against unrelenting pressure in pool play. The Maryland verbal is more combo guard than true point, but his scoring comes within the flow of the game and he does look to set up teammates.

Testudo Times' Ben Broman introduces Terps fans to 2011 shooting guard prospect Deuce Bello, who he would like to see paired with California point guard Cezar Guerrero.

Bello is, like Guerrero, a top 2011 prospect, only this time from North Carolina instead of LA. Maryland is generally mentioned in connection with Bello, though I must admit I have no idea how far in the Terps are with him. I would disregard the Rivals, Scout, and ESPN lists (even though ESPN has him listing the Terps) - they are becoming more inaccurate by the day. I would be fairly surprised, however, if Maryland hasn't had a decent amount of contact with him yet.

• South Carolina leads for Fayetteville, N.C., power forward Damontre Harris, but Phil Kornblut reports that the four-star prospect is still considering several other programs, including Maryland.

Harris is looking to make a decision before his season. He has visited USC and Wake Forest and wants to visit Connecticut, Maryland, VCU and Boston College.

• Adam Zagoria reports that Queens, N.Y., shooting guard Omar Calhoun Jr., a 2012 prospect, is already hearing from the Terps.

"He's getting a lot of college interest," said Omar Calhoun Sr. "Villanova and St. John's have offered. He has interest from Maryland, Pittsburgh, Florida, Kentucky, Kansas, Indiana and Rutgers."

Football recruiting

• Georgia's decision to pull their scholarship offer to Columbus, Ga., athlete Devin Burns (which resulted in Carver High banning Bulldogs coaches from their school) could benefit Maryland.

But Burns will definitely land on his feet. The 6-foot-2, 175-pound quarterback is still holding scholarship offers from Maryland, Vanderbilt, Miss. State, Southern Miss, UAB, Louisville and Troy and remains on the radar screen of numerous other major Division I teams.

• DeMatha safety Lorenzo Waters told Rivals.com that he's most interested in Miami, Michigan, Wake Forest and Maryland.

"As for Maryland and Wake Forest. I'm interested in Maryland because it's close and people can get there. Wake Forest is smaller and I like that."


• Corky Blake of The Express-Times in Bethlehem, Pa., thinks quarterback Tyler Smith made a good choice in committing to Maryland.

Speaking of quarterbacks, Tyler Smith's decision to attend Maryland was right on. I don't know how it will play out, but at least there's a connection in College Park, Md. James Franklin is the Terps' offensive coordinator. He's a former East Stroudsburg University quarterback, just like Wilson coach Bret Comp.