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The Scarlet Knights now lead solidly for wide receiver Brandon Coleman over Syracuse and Maryland....

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The Scarlet Knights now lead solidly for wide receiver Brandon Coleman over Syracuse and Maryland. "It’s just a comfort level I have with Rutgers," Coleman said. "I like everything about them."

Scout, via Matt Bracken. This isn't a Rutgers writer, either - he's national. Don't know how correct it is, but it's not a good sign.

It was not a good year for the Terrapins, who were able to notch only two wins. While their season...

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It was not a good year for the Terrapins, who were able to notch only two wins. While their season didn't help to build any momentum on the recruiting trail, Maryland has landed some good prospects including the recently-added Javarie Johnson (Washington D.C. / Dunbar) who decommitted from Miami to join the Terps class. Johnson is an athletic prospect who could offer Maryland some options in how they use him on defense and should be able to contribute quickly as a pass-rusher. A strength of this class is the defensive line because they have several good prospects committed, in addition to Johnson, including Andre Monroe (Washington D.C. / Saint Johns College) -- an undersized, but quick and active defensive tackle. Top prospect: A huge get for Maryland was quarterback Tyler Smith (Easton, Pa. / Wilson Area), who is the No. 8 ranked quarterback. He has a good frame which he needs to keep developing as well as a rocket arm and deceptively good athleticism. His delivery is compact and very quick. Plus, he is also is a good ballhandler. Smith has a lot of ability and upside and could become the face of this offense over the next few seasons. Don't be surprised if: Smith contends for the starting quarterback position this fall. The Terrapins have several young quarterbacks on the roster, but Smith will arguably be the most talented and could push the rest of the pack.

ESPN on Maryland's Recruiting Class. They like Tyler Smith a lot, obviously, and I wouldn't be surprised to see him challenge for the starting spot, just as they say. I'll go over this once the class is really over, but how this class finished has given me hope in these coaches. Considering they're also in great shape with Blake Countess and have been in contact with Darius Jennings a lot, I'm somewhat optimistic about 2011, too. Just need Grimes and Coleman to finish it off.

Me and my friend, Tony Grimes, were planning on going to school together. I think he stopped...

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Me and my friend, Tony Grimes, were planning on going to school together. I think he stopped favoring Michigan a little bit. He went up there and got into some cold weather a little bit. … [So] he’s still weighing things out a little bit. He’s still waiting until Signing Day [to commit]. At this point, if [he wants to come to Maryland], I’m all for it. But I will just be happy wherever he goes. As long as we both go to school, we’ll see each other again, hopefully at the next level and later in life.

Via Matt Bracken. Not so sure if they're a package deal anymore. Regardless, if it's not Michigan, it's Maryland or Ole Miss.

Defensive end David Mackall checks in at No. 5 and has been looking around at Michigan, Rutgers and...

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Defensive end David Mackall checks in at No. 5 and has been looking around at Michigan, Rutgers and other schools, but he continues to be committed to Maryland. The 6-3, 240-pounder was all over the field for Fork Union.

Rivals. The good: Maryland DE commitment David Mackall ended up at #5 on Rivals' list of best prep players. If he ends up at College Park, he'll be very good. The bad: Again, he's looking around. If he goes to Rutgers, I'll be heartbroken.

"[Christchurch TE/OT Josh Lovell has] decided to go to Maryland but they just want to see before he...

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"[Christchurch TE/OT Josh Lovell has] decided to go to Maryland but they just want to see before he makes his official verbal commitment that he’s all set," Homer said of Lovell, a 6-foot-5-and-a-half, 270-pound senior who could play on the line as well. "He’s committed to Maryland, but he just hasn’t made an announcement. He’s probably going to make the official verbal commitment to Maryland at the end of our first grading period, October 31st.

Via InsideMDSports. Commitment #14.5?

At one time, [Dontae] Johnson had a long list of schools he was considering, but at this point,...

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At one time, [Dontae] Johnson had a long list of schools he was considering, but at this point, with his senior season opening in eight days on September 11th against Lower Merion (PA), Johnson looks to have narrowed things down. "NC State, Stanford and Maryland," Johnson stated to NBE when asked what schools he was currently considering.

Via NBE Football. Johnson is a big, 3-star safety from New Jersey. He'd probably be a Tyreke Cheeseboro-level commitment, or slightly better. Definitely one of Maryland's biggest remaining out of state targets.

Sean Fitzpatrick committed to Maryland back in February and the Terrapin staff has been excited to...

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Sean Fitzpatrick committed to Maryland back in February and the Terrapin staff has been excited to get him on campus in 2010. Now instead of coaching Fitzpatrick, they’ll be coaching against him. The 6-foot-6, 220-pound tight end from Pittsford (N.Y.) Mendon is no longer bound for College Park. Instead, he’s heading to Chapel Hill after switching over to the Tar Heels. "I committed to North Carolina tonight," Fitzpatrick confirmed late Thursday evening in an interview with Rivals.com. "I’ve kind of had it in my mind that UNC is the right place for me for about two weeks or so. I talked with my coach and my family about it and I prayed about it a lot. It was a tough decision so I factored all that in.

Via Rivals, h/t Matt Bracken. Not a huge loss. You never like to see a player decommit, especially because he looked like a decent TE, but he wasn't a must-get. More importantly, Maryland now has two more scholarships to play with for 2010 recruiting - Dion Armstrong's and Fitzpatrick's.

"I plan to take all of them but I don’t know what’s going to happen in the middle of the season, but...

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"I plan to take all of them but I don’t know what’s going to happen in the middle of the season, but I know that I’m taking an official to Michigan Sept. 12," he said. "I called [Maryland tight ends] coach [Charles] Bankins to set up an official, hopefully Sept. 26, but it’s still in the air. I know I want to take an official to Maryland. I don’t know about the other ones yet." ... Offensive coordinator James "Franklin says, you know, he just wants me there, whether I play offense or defense," Furman said. "They think I can play any position but it’s up to my decision, but the defensive coach is amazing. If I was to go to Maryland I would play safety."

Inside MD Sports - there's a number of reasons this in encouraging: 1 - Josh Furman likes Maryland. 2 - James Franklin has begun the takeover (you don't hear Bankins or Brattan making that pitch to WRs or DBs). 3 - Don Brown is great.
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