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More than three months lapsed between the commitment of Seth Allen to Maryland and Wednesday's pledge from Houston center Shaquille Cleare. It's safe to say Terps fans won't have to wait that long for recruit No. 3 to come on board.

The next couple months could feature a flurry of recruiting-related activity, with the Maryland men's basketball staff working now to line up official visits for several 2012 targets. According to ESPNBoston.com, four-star forward Jake Layman will be in College Park next weekend.

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Maryland, whom some have viewed as the favorite, has made the cut, and will be his first visit over Labor Day weekend. Syracuse, Florida, Louisville and Wake Forest will be the other schools he will visit. • The Terps may still be in the running for DeMatha forward Jerami Grant, according to The Austin (Texas) American-Statesman.

Grant's list: Texas, Syracuse, Oklahoma, Virginia Tech, Rutgers, North Carolina State and perhaps Maryland.

• Maryland is one of the final nine schools in the running for Fresno, Calif., center Robert Upshaw, according to ESPN.com's Paul Biancardi. Arizona, Fresno State, Georgetown, Kansas State, Louisville, Oklahoma State, UNLV and USC are the other programs on the list.

• The Terps also reportedly made the cut for Lithonia, Ga., center Robert Carter, who's also considering Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Kentucky and Rhode Island.

• ESPN.com's Dave Telep tweeted Friday that Terps target Mitch McGary has visits lined up to Michigan, Kentucky, North Carolina and Duke. All but the Kentucky trip are official visits.

• UM shooting guard target Christian Sanders is reportedly scheduled to make an official visit to Colorado next month.

And according to Rivals.com, Colorado will get a Sept. 9 visit from 6-3 combo guard Christian Sanders of St. Thomas High School in Houston. Sanders also has offers from top programs such as Texas, Maryland, Oklahoma State, Stanford and Vanderbilt, according to the recruiting-based website.

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• The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette caught up this week with UM recruit Anthony Nixon, who talked about choosing the Terps over his hometown Pitt Panthers.

"Pitt was No. 1, but I I lived in Pittsburgh all my life," said Nixon, who lives in the Hill District. "I wanted to get out of Pittsburgh and get to a new city. Maryland is close enough that I can get back and forth. It's only four hours away. I think they have a good program, a great head coach. It was the best place for me."

Perry Hills, Nixon's teammate at Pittsburgh Central Catholic and fellow Maryland commitment, was mentioned in a Pittsburgh Tribune-Review story about the area's top returning senior quarterbacks.

If his confidence comes across as cockiness, it should be noted that Hills also stars in a sport built around individual achievement — wrestling. Hills was the WPIAL Class AAA champion at 189 pounds last winter and has more than 100 victories in his career. And despite committing to a college, he intends to wrestle in the upcoming season, as well.

• Maryland wide receiver commitment Amba Etta-Tawo caught a 42-yard touchdown pass to help his McEachern squad to a 26-17 win over North Gwinnett (Ga.).

Amba Etta-Tawo posted 86 yards on five catches, while [Victor] Brannon added 78 yards on five grabs.

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• Terps quarterback pledge Caleb Rowe was mentioned prominently in The Greenville (S.C.) News' preview of the Blue Ridge football team.

Rowe passed for 4,967 yards and 44 touchdowns over the previous two seasons. That was an average of 248.4 yards and more than two touchdowns per game.

• UM defensive back recruit Alvin Hill made a crucial catch in Luella (Ga.) High's 25-10 win over Villa Rica.

Hill's catch came two drives later, as Luella sat with a third-and-17 on their own 21. Hill pulled down the 32-yard pass and the Lions would score on the 72-yard drive, converting the point after to make it 25-10.

• The Washington Post's James Wagner wrote this week about how five-star defensive tackle Eddie Goldman has put Friendship Collegiate (D.C.) on the national stage.

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As he grew and developed, Goldman turned into a budding star. The summer of his sophomore season he received a scholarship offer from Maryland, his first. The offers began pouring in, more than 50 in all now — though he recently pared his list to seven (it still includes the Terrapins, as well as Auburn and Alabama, the past two NCAA champions).

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