March 4, 2012; College Park, MD, USA; Maryland Terrapins head coach Mark Turgeon prior to the game against the Virginia Cavaliers at Comcast Center. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-US PRESSWIRE
And he's probably been busy on the 2013 one, too, I'm sure. But while Maryland waits out the Harrisons, Rysheed Jordan, and Roddy Peters, Turgeon & Co. look to have gotten the ball rolling on 2014 class, with a veritable avalanche of offers going out in the past few weeks. Case in point:
Just a few days after watching 2014 forwards Abdul-Malik Abu and Alec Brennan at the "Live in AC" event, both Maryland and Temple have offered them scholarships. [...]
Boswell said Abu planned to visit both Maryland and Temple later this month.
"We're going to take a visit to Maryland and Temple in August," Boswell told SNY.tv Wednesday. "Abdul is going to London on Wednesday with his high school team for a basketball tourament out there.
Abu's a 6-8 power forward, who checks in as a four-star and the #66 player in the country on Rivals. NBE said he could play anywhere in the country and called him the best 2014 player in the field at the Live in AC tournament last week, a field that includes local Maryland targets like Obi Enechionyia and Dion Wiley.
And that offer was preceded just a day earlier by this one:
Maryland offered !— Chris McCullough (@__iamCHRIS) July 31, 2012
That would be Chris McCullough, a five-star, top-20 power forward from Connecticut with offers from Kansas, Syracuse, and a host of others. And that was preceded just a few days earlier by an offer to Joel Berry, a top-25 point guard from Florida.
So that would add Abu, McCullough, and Berry to a list of 2014 targets that includes locals Dwayne Morgan, Romelo Trimble, Therence Mayimba, Phil Booth, and Andre Walker, plus out-of-towners like Kaleb Joseph and Theo Pinson.
It's early days in the recruitments of all of these guys, but that's a stellar group nonetheless. If Maryland can make some progress on the court next year and bring in a solid haul in the 2013 class, they could do some serious damage in 2014.
Oh, and speaking of 2013: Roddy Peters, also known as the guy who Maryland slowplayed for a bit, just landed at #16 in the updated 247 rankings and is now a five-star, ranked even above still-a-five-star Rysheed Jordan. That's how good things are getting, folks. Maryland is now in the top group of three five-star point guards, and their former Plan C is considered one of the best players in the country.
This must be what Kentucky fans feel like all the time.
Of course, there are no moral victories in recruiting, so Turgeon and Maryland still need to get a result before we can commence the dancing. But the odds of getting a result seem mighty good.