Mark Turgeon offered five recruits in just over a week. Meet them:
After a visit to Indiana, Turgeon handed out offers to two forwards, Kris Wilkes and Jaren Jackson for the class of 2017, Inside Maryland Sports's Josh Stirn reports.
Wilkes, a five-star small forward and the No. 1 ranked player in the state of Indiana, stands at 6'7 and weighs 170 pounds as a junior in high school. His wingspan stretches 6'10 and his potential hasn't gone unnoticed. He currently holds offers from from Butler, Indiana, Illinois, Kansas, Purdue, UCLA, and Xavier.
Jackson, a 6'8, 175-pound four-star forward is the son of a former Georgetown star and 13-year NBA veteran Jaren Jackson Sr. Jaren's father averaged 5.5 points per game as a 6'4 shooting guard. Jackson Jr. holds offers from Butler, Georgetown, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Purdue, Vanderbilt and Xavier.
Next, offers were given to two local rising stars in the class of 2018.
Prentiss Hubb of Gonzaga High School in DC stands at 6'3 and is friends with Mark Turgeon's son. He is also a former neighbor of Melo Trimble according to Jeff Ermann. He holds offers from Cincinnati, George Mason, NC State, Towson and Xavier.
Jalen Smith is a 6'8 five-star recruit from Baltimore. Smith will be in attendance at Magic Maryland Madness according to Don Markus of the Baltimore Sun. In that Baltimore Sun piece, Smith said this about Marlyand: "like the top [choice] for me because I grew up a fan of them and I really wanted to go there. It's just a dream to get offered and I hope to play there one day." He has offers from Marquette, Miami and Providence.
Maryland offered an under the radar class of 2017 forward.
Rated just the no. 104 player in his class by 247Sports, 6'8 Nicholas Claxton is on the rise. In the past few weeks he has been offered by Baylor, Florida State and Wake Forest, and previous held offers from Murray State, Temple, USC and a few others.
Most recently Maryland offered a class of 2017 guard.
Hurtado is a 6'5 three-star point guard recruit according to 247Sports. Shun Williams of OnTheRadarHoops had this to say of his performance in May - "Luis Hurtado of Decatur, Ga., proved he belonged in the mix of elite competition while playing with E1T1 16U. Standing at 6-4 he split time as a point and a shooting guard. He has a feel for the game that is very mature." He also has offers from Florida State, Georgia and USC.
Josh Jackson spoke about his love for Maryland's campus again
In an interview with Scout.com's Evan Daniels, Jackson said Xfinity Center was "probably the best gym" and Maryland was "one of the nicest campuses he's seen." Jackson is planning trips to Kansas and Arizona and lists Michigan State, Maryland and UCLA as schools involved in his recruitment.
Magic Maryland Madness is in three days!
Though Maryland lost out on one of its top targets, Wenyen Gabriel, to Kentucky, there's plenty to look forward to. Four-star class of 2016 forward Mario Kegler, four-star class of 2017 forward Jordan Tucker and four-star point guard commit Anthony Cowan are all expected to be in attendance for Magic Maryland Madness on Oct. 17, according to Ermann. Newly offered five-star class of 2018 forward Jalen Smith will be there as well, according to Don Markus.
After losing Gabriel to Kentucky, the Terps have other options available. Read more about them here.