Six ACC basketball programs have top 20 recruiting classes thus far for 2010.
So where does Maryland stack up against its in-conference rivals? According to Rivals.com's recently updated class rankings, the Terps are 10th nationally and fifth in the ACC, behind North Carolina (4), Wake Forest (5), N.C. State (7) and Virginia (8), and ahead of Florida State (19).
Maryland is experiencing a recruiting resurgence with its 2010 class. Gary Williams locked up a couple regional four-star prospects in Ross and Parker. Ross is an athletic wing who can shoot with range. Parker is a skilled and versatile combo forward. Williams looked westward to land Stoglin, a Rivals150 scoring guard out of Arizona.• Desmond Hubert, a junior center from Cream Ridge, N.J., picked up a Maryland offer recently, according to ESPN.com.
"It was real cool because like to me, coach Williams is up there with [North Carolina's] Roy Williams and [Duke's] Coach K in the ACC," Hubert said. "He's a really good coach, he's been there for a long time. He knows what he's doing."
"There has been a lot of support to stay locally," Kirk's father and head coach at Los Alamos, Allen Kirk, said. "At some point I think Alex decided he wanted to stay out west, although Maryland showed a lot of interest until the end before he settled in on Arizona and New Mexico.
More of a combo guard than a true lead man, Cooney has a chance to have a similar impact on the college game as JJ Redick and Gerry McNamara. The country's best shooter can knock it down off the curl, the dribble or with his feet set. Simply put, he's a one man zone buster.
OL Max Garcia (6-5 275) of Norcross, GA, who has Clemson, Maryland, and Vanderbilt as his final three, took an official visit to College Park last weekend and loved the visit. "I loved everything about it," he said. "The players, the coaches, the atmosphere, everything. If I had to choose a school right now, it would be Maryland just because I've been there."
Johnson has offers from USC, Cal, Maryland, Virginia, Stanford, Vanderbilt, Duke, New Mexico, Deleware, BC, Wake Forest, Pitt, Syracuse, and Rutgers. He has been to a couple of Maryland games this year and likes the program.
Suddenly, though, according to River Hill Coach Brian Van Deusen, interest in Coale from higher-profile programs has spiked in just the past two weeks. Maryland and Michigan State, Van Deusen said, have shown the most interest, with Terrapins recruiting coordinator Dave Sollazzo asking Van Deusen earlier this week for more highlight tape of Coale. Stanford and Duke have also called about Coale.