The opening weeks of August proved Maryland basketball has soared to new heights in the eyes of recruits. It's no coincidence that in the same month the Terps were rated the number one team in the nation, four of the country's top recruits strolled through College Park.
Kevin Huerter, the 72nd best recruit in the class of 2016 according to 247sports, was the first to travel to Maryland. the 6-foot-5 shooting guard talked up his visit in which he broke down film with Coach Mark Turgeon and talked about bulking up with the training staff. Elated with the visit, he had immediate plans to schedule an official visit, which he would announce a week later. He's slated to return to College Park from September 4th-6th.
A herd of talent found its way on campus on August 17th with the 78th best recruits in the class of 2016 and 2017 (Thompson and Douglas), and the top recruit in the nation for the class of 2016 all on campus for unofficial visits.
Jackson, on his way to Under Armour's Elite 24 event in Brooklyn, visited Maryland just weeks after keeping the Terps in his top 9 list.
To cap off a week of unofficial dominance, 5-star forward and the number 10 player in class of 2017 Billy Preston visited UMD as well.
Here's a quick visual recap of the events that transpired:
Note - we go way more in depth in our class of 2016 and class of 2017 recruiting boards.
September is shaping up too -
All three September visits are legitimate gets in the Terps eyes, with the real prize being Wenyen Gabriel, a current four, but soon-to-be five-star recruit who climbed the charts this summer with several break-out performances. It's a good pairing having Huerter – someone who obviously liked the campus his first visit – join Gabriel in the first weekend of September.
Schools in contention for the September visitors:
Huerter - Creighton, Davidson, Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan (visiting 9/12-9/14) , Notre Dame (9/24-9/26), Villanova (8/30-8/31)
Gabriel - Connecticut, Duke (10/16-18), Kentucky (9/25-9/27), Maryland, Providence
Robinson - Florida, Florida State (10/10), Georgia Tech, Louisville (8/7-8/9), Maryland, North Carolina, Stanford, Tennessee, Texas Tech
While the Terps are yet to receive a commitment this summer, they haven't missed on any recruit they were expected to land.
Players committed elsewhere:
Mustapha Heron - after a quick unofficial visit to Auburn, Heron committed, becoming the highest ranked player (19th in the class) to commit under Coach Bruce Pearl.
Sacha Killeya-Jones - after backing out of his commitment to Virginia, the 6-foot-10 forward committed to play for Coach Calipari in Kentucky.