Weekly recruiting roundup

A familiar name to Baltimore basketball followers is scheduled to be on hand for Maryland Madness tonight.

According to InsideMDSports, former St. Frances and Towson Catholic combo guard Sam Cassell Jr. will make an official visit to College Park this weekend.


Cassell, a 6-foot-4, 180-pound prospect in the 2012 class, is in his second year at Notre Dame Prep in Fitchburg, Mass. The Terps first became involved with Cassell over the summer thanks to his play on the circuit with Nike Baltimore Elite.

NBE coach Carlton "Bub" Carrington told Recruiting Report in August that the level Cassell ended up at "was up to Sam."


"If he wants to be a passer first and a scorer second, I think he can play high-major ball because he has skills that translate," Carrington said. "He can make shots. To what level he goes, it's really up to him. He's definitely a high-major talent."

Check out video below of Cassell from the 2010-11 season at Notre Dame Prep.

• Terps center target Robert Carter is taking an official visit this weekend to Georgia.

"I am looking for the school that I know what I can come in and do," Carter said. "The biggest thing I want to figure out on my officials is just how the school breaks down, what they do in their scheme. I know all of the schools I am considering like to use their bigs a lot, and that is why I narrowed it down to them. Hopefully that will help me decide where I want to plan to sign during the early signing period."

• conducted an interview this week with the father of Terps target Mitch McGary.

Recently, reports came out that Mitch was nearing or had made a decision. However, Tim [McGary] refutes that notion "He hasn't made a decision. I just talked to him tonight (Monday night) and we talked about it a little bit. He's coming home Wednesday night and we're going to sit down and talk about it. They get a four or five day break this weekend so he's flying in to O'Hare and my older son will pick him up. We'll be able to sit down and sort things out."

Amile Jefferson's high school coach told Adam Zagoria that the five-star prospect could wait until the spring to sign "if he doesn't feel ready."

[Jason] Polykoff said Jefferson's list currently includes Syracuse, Pittsburgh, Temple, Villanova, Stanford, UConn, Kentucky, Ohio State, N.C. State and Maryland.

• Two of Maryland's top 2013 targets are scheduled to be in Lexington on Friday night for Kentucky's Big Blue Madness.


The Wildcats had several other younger players scheduled to attend, but the only ones making unofficial visits will be twins Andrew and Aaron Harrison from Texas. Both are ranked in the top 10 in the Class of 2013.

• Former Maryland center target Prince Ibeh has committed to Texas.

Ibeh averaged 6.5 points, nine rebounds and 5.2 blocks last season. He is clearly still a work in progress on offense. But, [his high school coach Jeff] Clarkson said, that was one reason why he decided on Texas. The Longhorns have helped develop raw big men such as Dexter Pittman and further in the past, Chris Mihm.

• The Washington Post's latest Recruiting Insider video includes talk about Gonzaga (D.C.) point guard Nate Britt picking up a North Carolina offer. Check it out here.

• The Terps women's basketball program will host a top 2012 prospect this weekend, according to ESPN HoopGurlz.

Jordan Adams, at No. 6, is the highest-rated player in the ESPN HoopGurlz Top 100 still undecided on where she will play her college basketball. This weekend, the combo guard from Santa Ana, Calif., will make a trip across the country to College Park to visit Maryland. Maryland's 2012 recruiting class made a big leap two weeks ago when center Malina Howard of Twinsburg, Ohio, picked the ACC school over Notre Dame. A potential verbal commitment from Adams would only help Maryland continue to move up the rankings toward a potential top five recruiting class for the 2012.


Football recruiting

• The Virginian-Pilot wrote a feature this week on Terps linebacker commitment Avery Thompson, who missed a critical time in the recruiting process to be with his family.

But instead of staying in Chesapeake, Thompson moved with his mother, Elsie, and sister, Sydney, to South Korea after the 2010 season to spend six months with his father, Antonio, an Army lieutenant colonel.

"I had never been out of the country before, so I was looking forward to going," Avery said. "But at the same time, I wasn't sure how my recruiting process would be affected had I stayed here. I think it would have been a little bit better, but I had to be with my family."

• The Carroll County Times this week profiled UM athlete recruit and Linganore senior Joe Riddle.

Through hard work in the weight room and on the practice field, the now 6-foot-1 Riddle, currently in the midst of his senior season, has put on what he estimates to be 50 pounds of muscle during the last three years, now weighing 200 pounds. He's seen tremendous gains in his strength and already impressive speed, and has developed into not only a key starter for the Lancers but into one of the top rated players in the entire state.


• Maryland quarterback pledge Caleb Rowe was selected to play in the 75th Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas.

"We're going to obviously try to throw it down the field a little bit," [South Carolina coach Chuck Jordan of Conway High] said. "But, at the end of the day, if you can't run the ball you won't be successful in this game. Caleb Rowe has a presence about him. I really like the way he handles himself. He really has a way of encouraging people around him, and I like the intangibles that come with Caleb. Joey [Copeland] brings us a different type of quarterback. He has the ability to run the ball probably more so than Caleb. Caleb is more of a field general. Joey is a little more versatile."