Maryland Recruiting Roundup - Two four-star commits, plenty more on the table

Streeter Lecka

Maryland received three big commitments this past week, with plenty more on the horizon.

It was a busy week in Maryland recruiting, so let's get started with our new feature - our weekly recruiting roundup. As always, bookmark our basketball scholarship chart and football scholarship chart for reference sake.

The big news, of course, was Trayvon Reed's commitment to Mark Turgeon's basketball program. The four-star 2014 center visited the program Wednesday the 21st and Thursday the 22nd, making his announcement on the latter day. Reed joins Melo Trimble, Dion Wiley, and Jared Nickens in next year's outstanding class, now ranked third in the country.

The other big news was the commitment of four-star defensive end Jesse Aniebonam, generally considered the second best player in the state. Aniebonam, from local pipeline Good Counsel, sported offers from Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Ohio State, and many others, and is the jewel of the Terrapins' football class.

Another Maryland prospect almost stole the show on Aniebonam's announcement day, as Kai Locksley (son of Terrapin offensive coordinator Mike) led his Gilman squad to a victory over Aniebonam's Falcons. Locksley finished the day 9/14 for 123 yards while running 15 times for 106 yards and a score, and silenced many critics who thought he could not play quarterback at the next level. Locksley could still end up as a wide receiver or a safety, and said he wants a "family feel" in college, which bodes well for the school that employs his father.

Maryland also got a second football commitment of the week in the form of gigantic JuCo offensive lineman Larry Mazyck. Mazyck originally committed to the Terps in high school before switching to James Franklin's Vanderbilt and then Mike Locksley's New Mexico. Now at Deon Long's old Iowa Western Community College, the 6'7", 340 pound Mazyck is coming back to College Park.

Two football prospects visited Maryland on Sunday, four-star 2014 athlete Juwann Winfree and three-star 2014 athlete Julius Wingate, who are high school teammates. Winfree, one of the top players in the state of New Jersey, then cut his list to six - Vanderbilt, NC State, Pittsburgh, West Virginia, Georgia and Maryland. He also tweeted a picture calling Stefon Diggs the "best receiver in the country".

Five-star offensive lineman Damian Prince, the consensus top-player in the state of Maryland, was named a MaxPreps Preseason All-American. Prince, who goes to Bishop McNamara, is currently considering Alabama, Florida State, Maryland, Ohio State, and Rutgers.

2015 Gonzaga cornerback Marcus Lewis was offered by Clemson. The Tigers join Maryland and Temple in the group that has offered Lewis.

Defensive end prospect Rahshaun Smith, who goes to Calvert Hall, was offered by both North Carolina State and North Carolina. Smith is in the class of 2016, so is a way's away, and has received offers from Maryland, Florida State and Ohio State, among others.

New ratings, all from 24/7 Sports:

  • Luis Montero, a 2015 small forward prospect who Maryland has shown real interest in, was given a four-star rating.
  • Three 2015 basketball centers received ratings - Doral Moore (four-stars), Djery Baptiste (three-stars), and Chance Comanche (four-stars).
  • More 2015 basketball prospect ratings - power forward Jeremy Miller (four stars), point guard Jalen Adams (four stars), small forward Marcus Sheffield (four stars), small forward Kejuan Johnson (three stars), power forward Alex Owens (four stars).
  • Kevin Wilkins, a 2014 offensive guard from Ramsey, Nj., received a two-star rating. He has offers from Maryland, Connecticut, Boston College and Rutgers.
  • Chibuzo Ukandu, a 2014 defensive tackle from Gilman who has received interest from Maryland but no offer received a two-star rating.
  • Quarvez Boulware, a 2015 offensive guard from Friendship, received a three-star rating. He has offers from Maryland, Florida State, and NC State.
  • DuWayne Johnson, a 2015 cornerback from Woodson, also received a three-star rating. His offers include Maryland, Clemson, Georgia, Miami and North Carolina.
A note - for the Big Boards, we're only including players that have been offered and have not eliminated Maryland from contention.

2014 Big Board (Basketball):

The Commits:

  1. Melo Trimble, four stars, point guard, Bishop O'Connell (Va.)
  2. Dion Wiley, four stars, shooting guard, Potomac (Md.)
  3. Jared Nickens, four stars, shooting guard, Westtown (Pa.)
  4. Trayvon Reed, four stars, center, Shiloh (Ga.)

The Remaining Targets:

  1. Chinanu Onuaku, four stars, center, Riverdale Baptist (Md.)
  2. Martin Geben, four stars, power forward, St. Maria Goretti (Md.)

2014 Big Board (Football):

Quarterbacks:

  1. Will Ulmer, four stars, St. John's College (DC) - committed 4/25/13

Running Backs:

  1. Johnathan Thomas, three stars, St. John's Prep (Ma.) - committed 5/9/13
  2. Vernard Roberts, three stars, Dunbar (DC)

Wide Receivers:

  1. Demetrius Johnson, four stars, Annapolis Christian Academy (Md.)
  2. Chris Jones, three stars, DeMatha Catholic (Md.)
  3. Tyshun Samuel, three stars, Chapman (Sc.)
  4. James Duff, unranked, Dunbar (DC)

Tight Ends:

  1. Andrew Gray, two stars, Chardon (Oh.) - committed 6/15/13

Offensive Tackles:

  1. Brendan Moore, three stars, Westwood (Tex.) - committed 6/25/13
  2. Larry Mazyck, unranked, Iowa Western C.C. (Io.) - committed 8/25/13
  3. Damian Prince, five stars, Bishop McNamara (Md.)
  4. Brock Ruble, three stars, DeMatha Catholic (Md.)
  5. Marcus Applefield, three stars, Weeki Wachee (Fla.)

Offensive Guards:

  1. Jared Cohen, three stars, Mcdonogh (Md.) - committed 2/18/13
  2. Kevin Wilkins, two stars, St. Joseph Regional (Nj.)

Centers:

  1. Jake Whitley, two stars, North Augusta (Sc.)

Defensive Ends:

  1. Jesse Aniebonam, four stars, Good Counsel (Md.) - committed 8/23/13
  2. Tyler Burke, three stars, Coatesville Area (Pa.) - committed 6/25/13
  3. Brett Kulka, two stars, General Mclane (Pa.) - committed 6/24/13
  4. Melvin Keihn, three stars, Gilman (Md.)
  5. JaWhuan Bentley, three stars, DeMatha Catholic (Md.) (also inside linebacker)

Defensive Tackles:

  1. David Shaw, two stars, Spring Grove Area (Pa.) - committed 6/2/13

Cornerbacks:

  1. Jalen Tabor, four stars, Friendship (DC)
  2. Marcel Joly, three stars, Forestville (Md.)
  3. Vance Roberts, three stars, ASA College (Ny.)
  4. Elliott Davis, two stars, Quince Orchard (Md.)

Safeties:

  1. Deandre Scott, three stars, Imhotep Institute (Pa.)
  2. Shawn Boone, three stars, Dwyer (Fla.)
  3. Jordan Noil, unranked, Norcross (Ga.)

Athletes:

  1. Juwann Winfree, four stars, Dwight Morrow (Nj.)
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