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Recruiting Insider: August 5, 2007 - August 11, 2007

Terps Get a Big Pickup

As always, this comes with the requisite warning - don't put too much stock into recruiting ratings. Having said that, Maryland got quite a pickup yesterday when it landed a top-notch defensive line prospect. Masengo Kabongo, who is 6-3 and 280 pounds, chose the Terps over Florida, Connecticut and Notre...

By Josh Barr  | August 10, 2007; 6:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Local Player Lands in the Big East

Gwynn Park senior Ronald Hobby, who plays wide receiver and cornerback, has verbally committed to play for Pittsburgh, Yellow Jackets Coach Danny Hayes said yesterday after returning from a vacation to the Bahamas. Hobby also had scholarship offers from Boston College, Syracuse and Eastern Michigan, Hayes said, and is expected...

By Josh Barr  | August 9, 2007; 2:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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G'Town Prep Lineman Hopes to Lose Big

Georgetown Prep Coach Dan Paro added an unusual wrinkle when it came to motivating lineman Edgar Sheppard to lose weight, knowing that if Sheppard can "slim" down, the bulky senior can earn a college football scholarship. "I told him that if he got down to 299, I'd do a gasser...

By Josh Barr  | August 9, 2007; 10:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Star Junior Holds Offers from U-Md., U-Va.

Starting to make preseason football calls, so I should have plenty of updates like this one. Good Counsel junior RB-LB Jelani Jenkins -- certain to be in any list of top rising juniors (which I hope to have up soon) -- holds scholarship offers from Maryland and Virginia, according to...

By Josh Barr  | August 8, 2007; 3:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Clarksburg Lineman Chooses Towson

It's unusual for football players to commit to Division I-AA programs this early in the recruiting calendar, but Clarksburg defensive lineman Rob Osborne was ready to commit to Towson. He said he didn't want to wait around to see what, if any, better offers came his way....

By Josh Barr  | August 8, 2007; 9:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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More On Mason's Latest Pickup

I mentioned this yesterday, but here's more on Forest Park's Deidre Richardson and her decision to accept a scholarship to George Mason. As the story points out, Richardson is the fourth rising senior in the county to make a verbal commitment, joining Potomac's Lynetta Kizer (Maryland), Stonewall's Gwen Washington (East...

By Josh Barr  | August 8, 2007; 9:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Coaching Hires at Ball State, Wake Forest

Much coaching news to update. Ball State Billy Taylor away from Lehigh, so I guess Deontay Twyman can finally figure out his future. Also, Wake Forest today is expected to name Dino Gaudio to succeed Skip Prosser. The Demon Deacons have a top-notch recruiting class lined up for 2008....

By Josh Barr  | August 8, 2007; 8:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Video of U-Md. Hoops Recruit

For those who are interested - and I'm guessing plenty of Maryland fans are - here are some highlights and an interview with recent commitment Terrence Jennings. The 6-10 big man from Sacramento, who committed last week, at the time of this interview listed the Terrapins as one of his...

By Josh Barr  | August 7, 2007; 4:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Former QBs Making Position Switches

Here's two quick but good reads on the common occurrence of a player needed to learn a new position when he goes to college. Former All-Met QB Ike Whitaker of Northwest is taking reps at wide receiver during Virginia Tech's practices. Also, Torrey Smith played quarterback at Stafford High, but...

By Josh Barr  | August 7, 2007; 2:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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GMU Picks Up Local Commitment

Colleague Stephen Norris passes along that Forest Park's Deidre Richardson has verbally committed to play women's basketball for George Mason. Richardson will rejoin former Forest Park coach Chrissy Kelly, who was hired as a Mason assistant after last season....

By Josh Barr  | August 7, 2007; 11:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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DeMatha No. 3 in the Nation?

This isn't recruiting news, but it is football season. For what it's worth -- and I don't put too much stock into -- DeMatha is ranked third nationally by prepnation.com for the upcoming football season. Perhaps more interesting, the Stags open their season Sept. 2 in Cincinnati against top-ranked St....

By Josh Barr  | August 6, 2007; 2:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Twyman's Wait Soon to Be Over?

Maybe Deontay Twyman can get an answer this week with the report that Ball State is set to hire IUPUI Coach Ron Hunter. Hunter probably is best known for his bellyflop across the court after IUPUI won the Mid-Continent Conference title a few years ago to advance to the NCAA...

By Josh Barr  | August 6, 2007; 1:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Twyman Has to Wait On Ball State

Caught up with Sherwood Athletic Director Bob Cilento recently to talk about All-Met guard Deontay Twyman. Twyman signed late with Ball State and completed a session of summer school only to have Ronny Thompson resign last month as the school's coach. Cilento said that Twyman asked the school for a...

By Josh Barr  | August 6, 2007; 10:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Maryland Makes Major Splash

Sorry for not chiming in over the past week while on vacation. There wasn't much in the way of recruiting news, but there was one major splash as the Maryland men's basketball team secured a verbal commitment from forward Terrence Jennings of Sacramento. I hope to have more about Jennings...

By Josh Barr  | August 6, 2007; 9:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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