Maryland recruiting roundup: Terps closing in on second 2015 commit, final basketball rankings released

Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Who could be the next to commit? We've got updates on that as well as new basketball and football offers.

Basketball:

Lose out on one Paul VI four-star shooting guard, offer another. Maryland lost "target" Franklin Howard to Syracuse, and has now offered elite teammate Josh Reaves, a 6'4" guard with offers from Georgetown and Villanova, among others.

Four-star power forward Esa Ahmad was offered by UNLV.

The final 247sports composite rankings for the class of 2014 are out: Maryland's class falls just barely to 11th (right behind Georgetown's). The ratings:

  • Melo Trimble: 36th-best overall player, fifth-best point guard, second-best player in Virginia
  • Dion Wiley: 48th-best overall player, 13th-best shooting guard, second-best player in Maryland
  • Trayvon Reed: 76th-best overall player, 9th-best center, second-best player in New Jersey
  • Jared Nickens: 95th-best overall player, 23rd-best small forward, fourth-best player in Pennsylvania
  • Michal Cekovsky: 125th-best overall player, 27th-best power forward, second-best player in the Canary Islands

Football:

Maryland has been looking for a second commitment in the class of 2015 for quite some time now. E.J. Donahue committed back in October, and it's been a long six months for Terrapin fans waiting for some news.

That wait may be over soon, as Texas lineman Mbi Tanyi has told our own Justin Meyer that if no more schools show interest, he will commit by the end of spring. Tanyi and Florida running back Deltron Sands are probably the two most likely players to commit soon, but Gonzaga quarterback Nick Johns (who visited Maryland this week), McDonogh offensive lineman Ellis McKennie, Stone Bridge (Va.) defensive tackle Aaron Crawford (who will announce in August), Texas siblings Jameel Cook and Remus Bulmer and Timber Creek (N.J.) cornerback Kareem Ali could all end up pledging before the start of the season. At the very least, I would expect at least three of those names to be committed to Maryland by fall.

The Terps have offered four-star 2016 Texas wide receiver Reggie Hemphill, who holds offers from Oklahoma and Texas.

Maryland also visited two-star New Jersey linebacker Drew Wiley, an inside 'backer who claims no offers yet.

The Terps also visited a pair of teammates at the Landon School: 2015 defensive end/outside linebacker Kolby Williams and 2016 outside linebacker Keith Simms.

Kai Locksley was offered by Baylor, and released his Top Ten. Maryland made the cut, but the rumor mill has him drifting towards one of the bigger schools on his list, like Auburn or Florida State.

Gonzaga receiver Marcus Lewis, who is transferring to the IMG Academy in Florida this fall, committed to Florida.

Top local lineman Matthew Burrell was also offered by the Gators.

Running back target A.J. Turner picked up offers from UConn, East Carolina, Ohio State and Clemson.

Maryland offered three-star Arizona quarterback Brian Lewerke, who promptly committed to Michigan State the next day.

2015 Big Board (Basketball):

Point guards:

  1. Allonzo Trier, four stars, Montrose Christian (Md.)
  2. Justin Robinson, three stars, St. James (Va.)
  3. Malik Ellison, unrated, Life Center Academy (Pa.)

Shooting guards:

  1. Donovan Mitchell, four stars, Brewster Academy (N.H.)
  2. Josh Reaves, four stars, Paul VI Catholic (Va.)
  3. Chris Clarke, three stars, Cape Henry (Va.)

Small forwards:

  1. Marcus Sheffield, four stars, Chattahoochee (Ga.)
  2. Jordan Murphy, three stars, William J. Brennan (Texas)
  3. Mamdou Ndiaye, unrated, Oakland Mills (Md.)

Power forwards

  1. Carlton Bragg, five stars, Villa Angela-St. Joseph (Ohio)
  2. Horace Spencer, four stars, Henderson (Nev.)
  3. Alex Owens, four stars, Oak Ridge (Fla.)
  4. Josh Sharma, four stars, Northfield Mount Hernon (Mass.)
  5. Esa Ahmad, four stars, Shaker Heights (Ohio)
  6. Sylvester Ogbonda, unrated, National Christian Academy (Md.)
  7. John Collins, unrated, Cardinal Newman (Fla.)

Centers:

  1. Georgios Papagiannis, four stars, Westtown (Pa.)

2015 Big Board (Football):

Quarterbacks:

  1. Kai Locksley, four stars, Gilman (Md.)
  2. Nick Johns, three stars, Gonzaga (D.C.)
  3. David Sills, three stars, Eastern Christian (Md.)
  4. Brandon Battle, three stars, North Point (Md.)
  5. Ryan Adzima, unrated, Wallington (N.J.)

Running backs:

  1. Deshawn McClease, three stars, Oscar Smith (Va.)
  2. Levante Bellamy, three stars, Brebeuf Jesuit (Ind.)
  3. Jonathan Forrest, three stars, New Rochelle (N.Y.)
  4. AJ Turner, three stars, Centreville (Va.)
  5. Deltron Sands, three stars, St. Thomas Aquinas (Fla.)
  6. Olamide Zaccheaus, three stars, St. Joseph's (Pa.)
  7. Raekwon Gray, unrated, Urbana (Md.)

Wide receivers:

  1. Jalen Christian, four stars, Damascus (Md.)
  2. Trevion Armstrong, three stars, Matoaca (Va.)
  3. Jabari Greenwood, three stars, Gonzaga (D.C.)
  4. Felton Davis III, three stars, Highland Springs (Va.)
  5. Scott Washington, three stars, St. John's (D.C.)
  6. JF Thomas, three stars, South Oak Cliff (Texas)
  7. Devin Phelps, unrated, St. Frances Academy (Md.)
  8. Darryl Turner, unrated, DeMatha (Md.)
  9. Elisha Sewell, unrated, Middletown (Del.)
  10. Freddie Simmons, unrated, Bethlehem Catholic (Penn.)

Tight ends:

  1. Tyler Green, four stars, DeMatha (Md.)
  2. Trevor Brown, unrated, Wise (Md.)
  3. DeAndre Kelly, unrated, DeMatha (Md.)
  4. Damonte Scott-Terrell, unrated, Wise (Md.)

Offensive tackles:

  1. Matthew Burrell, four stars, C.D. Hylton (Va.)
  2. Isaiah Prince, four stars, Eleanor Roosevelt (Md.)
  3. Grant Newsome, four stars, Lawrenceville School (Va.)
  4. Brandon Knight, three stars, Noblesville (Ind.)
  5. Blake Camper, unrated, Frank W. Cox (Va.)
  6. Will McClain, unrated, Middletown (Md.)

Offensive guards:

  1. E.J. Donahue, four stars, Linganore (Md.) -- committed 10/26/13
  2. Quarvez Boulware, four stars, Friendship Academy (D.C.)
  3. Ellis McKennie, three stars, McDonogh (Md.)
  4. Tommy Hatton, three stars, St. Joseph Regional (N.J.)
  5. Travis Kendle, unrated, Williamsport (Md.)
  6. Shamar Hardin, unrated, Eastern Christian (Md.)

Defensive ends:

  1. Jamie Gordinier, three stars, Red Bank Catholic (N.J.)
  2. Larry Jefferson, three stars, Bannker (Ga.)
  3. Eric Assoua, three stars, St. John's (D.C.)
  4. Jake Pickard, three stars, Millburn (N.J.)
  5. Mbi Tanyi, unrated, Bush (Texas)
  6. Austrian Robinson, unrated, Trinity-Pawling (N.Y.)

Defensive tackles:

  1. Christian Wilkins, four stars, Suffield Academy (Ct.)
  2. Chance Hall, three stars, Northside (Va.)
  3. Aaron Crawford, three stars, Stone Bridge (Va.)
  4. Deonte Reynolds, three stars, Contra Costa College (Calif.)
  5. Anthony Fotu, three stars, Laney College (Calif.)
  6. Ulric Jones, unrated, Butler CC (Kan.)
  7. Clay Kemp, unrated, St. John Vianney Regional (N.J.)
  8. Neville Gallimore, unrated, Canada Prep Football Academy (Ont.)
  9. Wesley Annan, unrated, Lake Forest Academy (Ill.)
  10. Knikeem Lewis, unrated, St. Joseph (N.J.)
  11. Tristan Nevotne, unrated, Hinsdale Central (Ill.)
  12. David Ryslik, unrated, Peddie School (N.J.)
  13. Jay Gilchrist, unrated, Wise (Md.)
  14. Julius Combes, unrated, DeMatha (Md.)
  15. Antoine McCray, unrated, Forestville (Md).

Outside linebackers:

  1. Joe Giles-Harris, three stars, St. Joseph Regional (N.J.)
  2. Kareem McDonald, two stars, Wilson (D.C.)
  3. Drew Yarborough, unrated, Thomas Johnson (Md.)
  4. Anthony Malaguti, unrated, Don Bosco Prep (N.J.)
  5. R.J. Edwards, unrated, St. Joseph Regional (N.J.)

Inside linebackers:

  1. Wyatt Cook, three stars, McDonogh School (Md.)
  2. Gus Little, three stars, Massaponax (Va.)

Cornerbacks:

  1. Kareem Gibson, four stars, Greater Johnstown (Pa.)
  2. Ashton White, three stars, Bishop McNamara (Md.)
  3. Kareem Ali, three stars, Timber Creek (N.J.)
  4. Dionte Austin, three stars, Calvert Hall College (Md.)
  5. Micah Abernathy, three stars, Greater Atlanta Christian (Ga.)
  6. Darnell Savage, three stars, Caravel Academy (Del.)
  7. Roger Richardson, unrated, Good Counsel (Md.)
  8. Micah Keels, unrated, Calvert Hall College (Md.)
  9. Kobe Marfo, unrated, Hayfield (Va.)
  10. Will Lockett, unrated, Manvel (Texas)
  11. JaTwan Jones, unrated, Meade Senior (Md.)
  12. John Robinson, unrated, Dwight Morrow (N.J.)

Safeties:

  1. Jay Stocker, three stars, Coatesville Area (Pa.)
  2. Myles Hartsfield, three stars, Sayreville War Memorial (N.J.)
  3. Ayron Monroe, three stars, St. John's College (D.C.)
  4. Jameel Cook, three stars, Ridge Point (Texas)

Athletes:

  1. Dontae Strickland, three stars, South Brunswick (N.J.)
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