Weekly recruiting roundup

The Maryland football team has suffered its first decommitment of the 2010 recruiting class.

Pittsford (N.Y.) Mendon tight end Sean Fitzpatrick, who committed to the Terps in February, switched his pledge to North Carolina last night.


"I committed to North Carolina tonight," Fitzpatrick confirmed late Thursday evening in an interview with "I've kind of had it in my mind that UNC is the right place for me for about two weeks or so. I talked with my coach and my family about it and I prayed about it a lot. It was a tough decision so I factored all that in.• Pittsburgh wide receiver Brandon Ifill continues to list Maryland as one of his favorites.

"I'll definitely visit Maryland and Michigan," Ifill said earlier this week. "Those are still my top two. They are even."

Advertisement reports that Old Mill linebacker Josh Furman will announce his college decision at the Maryland Crab Bowl in December.

Furman has already said that he will definitely take official visits to Michigan, Maryland and Virginia Tech this fall and has also been talking to Pittsburgh and UCLA a lot as of late.

• Forestville wide receiver Antonio Belt still has the Terps high on his list, according to

"I just came from a visit to Maryland on Saturday and I think I may be going back there tomorrow for practice. I kind of like Maryland. They gave me a lot of love and I talked to Coach Friedgen and Franklin. I want to see what they are all about."

Basketball recruiting

NBE Basketball Report caught up with Miller School assistant coach Tommy Landseadel, who said Maryland is still the leader for Mychal Parker.

"Parker's top five at the moment includes Maryland, Wake Forest, Miami, Auburn and Arkansas," Landseadel told NBE in an e-mail. "Parker appears to be leaning towards Maryland at the moment, and is planning on making his visits in the fall to help finalize his choice."

Testudo Times broke the news this week that Long Island, N.Y., power forward Tobias Harris will receive a visit from Gary Williams next month.


In what's probably the first time we've ever broken any news ever in the history of ever (get the point?), it looks like Gary will be making an in-home visit with the Harrises at Long Island in the middle part of next month. The source requested anonymity, but rest assured that it's solid. caught up with incoming freshman center Jordan Williams, who was approved by the NCAA Clearinghouse this week.

"Of course, people are always going to talk, but I'd sat down with the coaching staff a while ago and they'd told me I was fine. I wasn't sweating it at all," said Williams, the 6-foot-9, 270-pound power forward-center from Torrington, Conn., who is expected to man the middle for the Terps for several years to come.

• Phil Kornblut reports that Fayetteville, N.C., power forward Damontre Harris' list of top five schools is more like a top three.

6-9 Damontre Harris of Fayetteville, NC has a top five of USC, Wake Forest, Maryland, Florida and VCU. And from those five, he says he's looking the hardest at USC, Wake Forest and Florida.

• Baltimore native Roscoe Smith was instrumental in USA East's championship win at the Nike Global Games in Portland, Ore.


Roscoe Smith was the Leading rebounder for the USA with nine boards, and he also scored 12 points and two blocks.

• Columbus, Ohio forward J.D. Weatherspoon decided this week to stay home and play for Ohio State.

"Two days ago, a school that was recruiting me signed a player at my position and backed out of my scholarship (offer)," Weatherspoon said. "I was just thinking to myself, 'What if Ohio State does the same thing?' I told my family I can't wait no longer."

• The Charlotte (N.C.) Observer profiled Holly Springs, N.C., power forward and Maryland target C.J. Leslie, who spent much of his summer playing outside the AAU circuit.

In the N.C. Pro-Am League at N.C. Central, his team included Jerry Stackhouse, North Carolina's Ed Davis and incoming Duke recruit Ryan Kelly.

Leslie, 6-foot-9, regularly played against North Carolina alums such as Jawad Williams and David Noel (NBA D-League) as well as assortment of area ACC players including Duke's Kyle Singler.

Advertisement scouted several Maryland targets at the Global Games, including Portland, Ore., power forward Terrence Jones.

Jones is a long and athletic combo forward who displayed a nice all around game over the weekend. He showed flashes of being a bit of a point forward and has some impressive passing skills. He is more of a 4 than 3 right now and with an improved jumper, can be a prototype 3 man in the league. He's undecided on his school choice but is rumored to be an Oklahoma lean.'s Paul Biancardi wrapped up the summer evaluation period with scouting reports on several Terps targets, including Los Alamos, N.M., center Alex Kirk.

This isn't a great year for talent on the West Coast, but a few bigs from that region caught our eye this summer. Alex Kirk (Los Alamos, N.M.), a skilled shooter and passer, falls under that category. Kirk checks into the rankings at No. 97. At 6-9, he's more of a finesse big. Although he might not be a traditional low-post type, his skills could be utilized at the college level.