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Maryland recruiting roundup: New offers for football, Chris Clark commits to North Carolina

Free roundup of the week in recruiting for the Terps.

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The first big target (other than Kamonte Carter) is off the board, as four-star tight end Chris Clark made a surprise commitment to North Carolina. That leaves Tyler Green and Trevor Brown as the most likely options at tight end, although some receiving targets, like Trevion Armstrong, could end up there. Green is undoubtedly the top guy for the Maryland staff at the position now, but they've had trouble getting kids from DeMatha in recent years.

Only two new offers this week -- three-star Houston running back Tristian Houston, who holds offers from LSU and UCLA and interest from Texas, Texas A&M and Alabama; and three-star JuCo defensive tackle Anthony Fotu.

Four-star offensive tackle Grant Newsome took a visit to Northwestern.

Four-star local offensive guard Quarvez Boulware visited Penn State.

Four-star offensive tackle Matthew Burrell picked up an offer from Texas.

Three-star tight end/defensive end Jake Pickard visited Boston College, Temple and Penn State and picked up offers from the first two.

Pickard's visit to Temple was on their Junior Day, and he wasn't the only Maryland target in attendance -- two-star outside linebacker Kareem McDonald, three-star quarterback Brandon Battle, wide receiver Elisha Sewell, three-star running back Myles Hartsfield, three-star defensive end Eric Assoua and three-star cornerback Darnell Savage were all there as well, with Hartsfield and Savage picking up offers.

Three-star guard Tommy Hatton visited Boston College.

Running back Raekwon Gray picked up an offer from Marshall.

Some additional notes, from our own Pat Donohue:

Eric Assoua really seemed to be into Rutgers and said that their coaching staff has told him that they have an offer waiting for him as soon as he can come up there for a visit. He said he doesn't hear from Maryland coaches directly too much, but that they visit his school (St. John's College) frequently and relay information to him through his coaches. Assoua said coach Locksley comes to his high school about once a month to talk to the coaches and scout players.

He does like the idea of playing down the street and representing his home town. Assoua attended Junior Day, where he said coach Locksley asked him what position he plans to play. Before Assoua could answer, he said Locksley interrupted and said linebacker because that is how he is built.

He's been to the campus at least once in each of the last three years for various reasons. He said every time he hasn't really gotten to see the whole campus but that he really likes the football facilities and the new Under Armour stuff they get.

Assoua said he's looking for a team with a family-type atmosphere, good academics, and that has produced NFL player and coaching talent in the past. He said Maryland has that stuff and that's why, along with it's proximity to his home, they are currently fifth on his list of schools he is interested in. Here is his top 5 list in order: Rutgers, Virginia Tech, Western Michigan, Penn State, and Maryland.

It sounds like it could eventually come down to Maryland, Penn State and Rutgers:
"I like the Big Ten," Assoua said, "that's a conference I would like to play in right now because they produce a lot of defensive ends and linebackers like me."

Jay Stocker said he hears from Maryland a lot, like three times a week, and that's it's usually coach Dunn. Stocker said that Dunn usually sells him on early playing time and the excellent football facilities and that they want him to take an official visit soon.

He has been to the campus before though, on a visit last year with his teammate Tyler Burke, who is a member of the 2014 class. He said Burke talks very highly of Maryland to him all the time and that being part of Maryland's new traditions in the Big Ten could be exciting because he's really big on college football tradition.

He has no list of top schools yet because he said he is waiting to go on more visits before doing that, but he said that Maryland will definitely continue to stay in high consideration.

2015 Big Board (Basketball):

Point guards:

  1. Allonzo Trier, four stars, Montrose Christian (Md.)
  2. Malik Ellison, unrated, Life Center Academy (Pa.)

Shooting guards:

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

Small forwards:

  1. Marcus Sheffield, four stars, Chattahoochee (Ga.)
  2. Jordan Murphy, unrated, 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.)


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

2015 Big Board (Football):


  1. Kai Locksley, four stars, Gilman (Md.)
  2. Zach Gentry, four stars, El Dorado (N.M.)
  3. Nick Johns, three stars, Gonzaga (D.C.)
  4. Brandon Battle, three stars, North Point (Md.)
  5. Ryan Adzima, unrated, Wallington (N.J.)

Running backs:

  1. Levante Bellamy, three stars, Brebeuf Jesuit (Ind.)
  2. Jonathan Forrest, three stars, New Rochelle (N.Y.)
  3. Deltron Sands, three stars, St. Thomas Aquinas (Fla.)
  4. Olamide Zaccheaus, three stars, St. Joseph's (Pa.)
  5. Raekwon Gray, unrated, Urbana (Md.)

Wide receivers:

  1. Brandon Polk, four stars, Briar Woods (Va.)
  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. 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. Ryan Bischoff, unrated, Plymouth Whitemarsh (Pa.)
  6. Will McClain, unrated, Middletown (Md.)

Offensive guards:

  1. E.J. Donahue, four stars, Linganore (Md.) -- committed 10/26/13
  2. Richie Petitbon, four stars, Gonzaga (D.C.)
  3. Quarvez Boulware, four stars, Friendship Academy (D.C.)
  4. Ellis McKennie, three stars, McDonogh (Md.)
  5. Tommy Hatton, three stars, St. Joseph Regional (N.J.)
  6. David Robbins, three stars, Glenelg (Md.)
  7. Travis Kendle, unrated, Williamsport (Md.)

Defensive ends:

  1. Adam McLean, four stars, Quince Orchard (Md.)
  2. Jamie Gordinier, three stars, Red Bank Catholic (N.J.)
  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.)
  7. Ulric Jones, unrated, Butler CC (Kan.)

Defensive tackles:

  1. Elijah Taylor, four stars, Archbishop Moeller (Ohio)
  2. Chance Hall, three stars, Northside (Va.)
  3. Aaron Crawford, three stars, Stone Bridge (Va.)
  4. Anthony Fotu, three stars, Laney College (Calif.)
  5. Wesley Annan, unrated, Lake Forest Academy (Ill.)
  6. Knikeem Lewis, unrated, St. Joseph (N.J.)
  7. Tristan Nevotne, unrated, Hinsdale Central (Ill.)
  8. Clay Kemp, unrated, St. John Vianney Regional (N.J.)
  9. Neville Gallimore, unrated, Canada Prep Football Academy (Ont.)
  10. David Ryslik, unrated, Peddie School (N.J.)
  11. Jay Gilchrist, unrated, Wise (Md.)
  12. Julius Combes, unrated, DeMatha (Md.)
  13. Antoine McCray, unrated, Forestville (Md).

Outside linebackers:

  1. Chad Smith, three stars, Dominion (Va.)
  2. Joe Giles-Harris, three stars, St. Joseph Regional (N.J.)
  3. Kareem McDonald, two stars, Wilson (D.C.)
  4. Drew Yarborough, unrated, Thomas Johnson (Md.)
  5. Anthony Malaguti, unrated, Don Bosco Prep (N.J.)
  6. 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.)


  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.)


  1. Jay Stocker, three stars, Coatesville Area (Pa.)
  2. Myles Hartsfield, three stars, Sayreville War Memorial (N.J.)
  3. Prentice McKinney, three stars, South Oak Cliff (Texas)
  4. Ayron Monroe, three stars, St. John's College (D.C.)
  5. AJ Turner, three stars, Centreville (Va.)
  6. Jameel Cook, three stars, Ridge Point (Texas)


  1. Jalen Christian, four stars, Damascus (Md.)
  2. Dontae Strickland, three stars, South Brunswick (N.J.)