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Can Maryland rebound and pick up its biggest remaining target? All signs pointing to yes.
Did Maryland's staff bounce back quickly from losing the Harrisons to Kentucky? We're going to find out a lot sooner than we expected:
IMS News Break: Suitland guard Roddy Peters will make his college announcement tomorrow at 9 a.m. bit.ly/QoHts0— Jeff Ermann (@insidemdsports) October 16, 2012
And what's really interesting here: per a source close to the program, both Mark Turgeon and Dalonte Hill went in-home with Peters earlier this evening. (The source also expressed optimism regarding where Maryland stands with Peters, for what it's worth.)
Some will compare this to the Harrison situation, when Maryland's coaches went in-home the night before their commitment, as well. But it's a poor comparison, for a few reasons. The biggest: this time, the date's being moved up after the visit. And the first, homeristic instinct: did Turgeon and Hill seal the deal, leading Peters to just get it over with and move the date up? There have been rumors about it all day, sure, but the change wasn't announced until after the visit. That almost certainly means something. (Even if that something is that the Peters camp is running a much more sane process than the Harrisons one.)
And, of course, Maryland's long been considered a favorite for Peters. That was never the case for Harrisons.
But there are other, even more significant timing advantages. He just got off a visit to Maryland's Midnight Madness at the weekend, recently canceling visits to Rutgers, UCLA, and Kansas. And KU, considered by some to be Maryland's toughest competition, just landed two 2013 guards in the past week, including a five-star just earlier today.
So: in-home visit the night before, right after a campus visit, canceling (or foregoing) other trips while the biggest competitor lands other players at the same position? I mean, what here isn't pointing Maryland's direction?
I guess we'll find out if the tea leaves are right. But it's really tough to see him going elsewhere.