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Recruiting Insider: February 8, 2009 - February 14, 2009

Top Talent on Display Tonight

And I'll be there to see top 10 teams Gonzaga and Bishop McNamara battle it out in Forestville. Among the players: McNamara C Talib Zanna (signed with Pittsburgh), G Rashad Whack (George Mason) and F Lawrence Smith (North Carolina A&T); Gonzaga C Ian Hummer has committed to Princeton and junior...

By Josh Barr  | February 13, 2009; 1:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Looking at the Terps' Struggles

Want to know why Maryland is struggling? Read today's installment on the Terps' recruiting woes, which details Gary Williams' preference for avoiding many of the headaches that go into recruiting top players. In case you missed it, here is yesterday's story, detailing how the Terps missed on several recruiting targets....

By Josh Barr  | February 13, 2009; 10:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Terps, WVU Hot After Old Mill Standout

Jim Laise, who covers West Virginia recruiting for WVSports.com and as much about the Mountaineers as anyone, sent this file along: Old Mill linebacker-running back Josh Furman was one of the first juniors offered at West Virginia's first junior day at the Puskar Center and Coliseum basketball court. "I'm doing...

By Josh Barr  | February 12, 2009; 12:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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April Will Bring Lots of Top Recruits to Town

While the Capital Classic is in jeopardy of not being held for the first time since 1974, there won't be a shortage of top talent for fans to see locally in April. In addition to the eight-team National High School Invitational at Georgetown Prep, Reebok will hold two all-star games...

By Josh Barr  | February 11, 2009; 3:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Dunbar Junior Holds U-Md., WVU, Pitt Offers

Colleague Alan Goldenbach passes along this info: Dunbar Coach Craig Jefferies, who turns out plenty of top players, reports the first member of his junior class is beginning to get some serious attention. Javarie Johnson, who projects as either an outside linebacker or a speed-rush defensive end, has picked up...

By Josh Barr  | February 11, 2009; 9:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Terps Offer Another Forestville Standout

Forestville Coach Charles Harley just phoned with the news that Maryland has offered a scholarship to junior wide receiver Antonio Belt. It is the first scholarship offer for the 6-1, 165-pound Belt, who had 33 catches for 970 yards and 12 touchdowns last season. Maryland already has former Forestville All-Met...

By Josh Barr  | February 9, 2009; 3:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Should Maryland Have Made Announcement Sooner?

While Maryland appointed James Franklin as Ralph Friedgen's eventual successor in order to provide continuity in recruiting, I and others are left to wonder about the timing of the announcement. Speculation has swirled since the season ended that this might be coming. (Though other rumors had Friedgen retiring now and...

By Josh Barr  | February 9, 2009; 11:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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