Four-star class of 2017 combo guard David Beatty said three weeks ago that Maryland was among his top eight schools, and Beatty followed up on Wednesday to say he'll take an official visit to College Park:
2017 G @DavidBeatty13 tells me he's planning on taking officials to Georgetown, Maryland, Indiana and UConn. No dates set.— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) July 21, 2016
The official visit is normally a prerequisite to a commitment, so this is good news for a big-time player who recently put the Terps above his cutline. His visits to Georgetown and Indiana, in particular, put Maryland in very direct competition with two schools who, one way or another, have a generally zero sum relationship with the Terrapins: What's good for one is often not good for the other. And Beatty is a prize.
He's rated on the 247Sports Composite as the No. 3 combo guard in the class and the No. 3 player in Pennsylvania. Maryland will have to work for him, but the payoff here could be fairly significant.
Beatty is from Philadelphia and plays at St. Benedict's Prep.
In other news
It's slow going right now in the realm of Maryland-related news. Football season's really got to get a move on, but in the meantime, here are some things:
Richard Merritt could be big-time for Maryland, but a redshirt seems in order.
Michigan State is the first big, bad bear the Terps will see in 2016.
Maryland's got a shot at local DB Tariq Castro-Fields, who's also looking closely at Penn State and Alabama.
Jake Layman's summer league was not so good.