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Weekly Maryland Terps recruiting roundup

In football, it's another week, another Johnathan Thomas highlight you should probably see. In basketball, the Terps move on from one Class of 2014 prospect and onto another in the Class of 2015.

Football recruiting 

-- Running back commit Johnathan Thomas made with a 107-yard interception return for a touchdown. He says he ran it out of the end zone because he was confused about where he was. No doubt those trying to tackle him felt the same soon after. Thomas finished with 227 rushing yards on 27 carries, so perhaps this high praise should not be surprising.

-- Quarterback commit Will Ulmer rushed for 103 yards and one touchdown on nine carries and was 5-for-8 passing for 77 yards in St. John’s (D.C.) 26-21 loss to DeMatha on Saturday.

-- Linebacker commit Tyler Burke had a sack, a forced fumble and a 53-yard punt return for a touchdown in Coatesville’s (Pa.) 42-13 win Friday. You can watch the return in all its yes-that’s-a-linebacker-scoring-on-a-punt glory at the 1:26 mark here.

-- Tight end commit Andrew Gray had one touchdown in Chardon’s (Ohio) rain-shortened, 35-0 victory Friday.

-- Defensive end commit Jesse Aniebonam was cleared of any serious head or spinal injuries after a helmet-to-helmet hit in the final minutes of Good Counsel’s 30-20 loss Friday to Gonzaga required him to be carted off the field.

-- Maryland looks to be in good position for wide receiver target Juwann Winfree, according to 247’s Jeff Ermann. Winfree, a four-star prospect, tweeted last Friday that he had four catches for 121 yards and one touchdown in his most recent game.

-- The Terps checked out Iowa Western Community College, former home of Deon Long, on Wednesday.

-- Class of 2014 defensive back target Jalen Tabor tweeted that he had added Arizona to his list of schools he will officially visit. The blue-chip cornerback also will head to Maryland, Alabama, USC and Florida.

Basketball recruiting

-- Class of 2014 center target Chinanu Onuaku of Riverdale Baptist (Md.) will decide between Louisville and Miami. The four-star prospect at one point seemed a likely match for the Terps, but after center Trayvon Reed committed, the window appeared to close.

-- Not long after offering him, Mark Turgeon visited Class of 2015 shooting guard target Donovan Mitchell on Tuesday, according to 247’s Josh Stirn.

-- Class of 2016 guard prospect Malik Ellison will visit Maryland on Oct. 11, according to Future150 analyst Brian Flinn. Ellison is the son of former NBA player Pervis Ellison.

-- ESPN’s updated Class of 2014 rankings have three Terps in the top 100: Melo Trimble (No. 37), Dion Wiley (No. 48) and Trayvon Reed (No. 69). Jared Nickens, as the 20th-rated shooting guard, likely falls just outside the top 100.

-- ESPN’s updated Class of 2015 rankings have a handful of Terps targets in the top 100: Diamond Stone (No. 5), Jaylen Brown (No. 14), Derrick Jones (No. 18), Daniel Giddens (No. 36) and Horace Spencer (No. 46).

-- ESPN’s updated Class of 2016 rankings only go as far as listing a “Terrific 25.” Notable targets include: Thon Maker (No. 1), Mustapha Heron (No. 14) and Joe Hampton (No. 25).

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