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Mount Saint Joseph guard Darryl Morsell will choose between Maryland and Notre Dame

Four-star guard Darryl Morsell will announce his decision between Maryland and Notre Dame on Wednesday at Mount Saint Joseph High, his father Dwayne Morsell said Tuesday.

The 6-foot-4, 190-pound Morsell, whose stock rose dramatically since the summer, "has made up his mind," according to his father. Dwayne Morsell declined to comment on which school his son will choose.

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Morsell, a first-team All-Metro selection, helped lead the Gaels to the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association and Baltimore Catholic League title games last season, averaging 10.6 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game.

Maryland coach Mark Turgeon has actively pursued Morsell in recent months as a potential centerpiece of his 2017 recruiting class.

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Darryl Morsell tweeted a picture last month with Turgeon and the Terps' coaching staff in front of the team bus they took up to the family's Baltimore home.

Turgeon also reportedly made a home visit after the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation luncheon in Baltimore last week.

If Morsell chooses the Terps and eventually signs, he would become the first player from Baltimore to commit to Maryland since Turgeon followed Hall of Famer Gary Williams in College Park in 2011.

If Morsell decides to go with the Fighting Irish, he would follow another former Mount Saint Joseph guard, Eric Atkins, who played at Notre Dame from 2010 through 2014 and was the only three-time captain in program history. Atkins is now a video coordinator for Notre Dame.

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Turgeon is intrigued by Morsell's versatility and his potential as an elite perimeter defender. While the Maryland backcourt currently seems a bit crowded, the possibility of point guard Melo Trimble leaving after his junior year remains strong.

Notre Dame coach Mike Brey has reportedly been pushing the fact that Morsell could step into a significant role from the beginning with much less immediate competition. With current starting guard Steve Vasturia graduating after this season, the Irish have only two other guards in place for next season: current freshman T.J. Gibbs and DeMatha High senior D.J. Harvey, who also plays small forward.

Maryland has received a commitment from just one player for the Class of 2017, 6-10, 225-pound forward Bruno Fernando, an Angolan who plays at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla.

The Terps are involved with a number of other guards, including five-star point guard Trevon Duval, the No. 1 ranked point guard and the No. 5 overall player in the country.

With Duval, who is also now at IMG, waiting until spring to make his decision, Maryland has made Morsell a priority despite his ranking not being nearly as high. Morsell has a composite ranking of 79th in the country, according to 247Sports.

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