Five-star power forward Jalen Smith has scheduled his official visit to Maryland for June 23, Terrapin Sports Report’s Pat Donahue is reporting.
Donahue also said that Smith will be on campus for an event this weekend. Smith, who’s also known as “Sticks,” is perhaps Maryland’s top target in the Class of 2018. He’s the No. 22 overall prospect, the No. 9 power forward and the No. 2 player in Maryland, per the 247Sports Composite rankings. A Mount St. Joseph’s attendee, Smith is also the teammate of 2017 Maryland signee and four-star guard Darryl Morsell.
Smith has long been considered a Maryland lean, but is receiving attention from other big-name programs like Virginia, Villanova and Syracuse.
The Terps got on the board last week, when four-star guard Aaron Wiggins committed during his official visit. That may just be enough to get the ball rolling. Mark Turgeon has looked forward to this 2018 recruiting cycle for a while, as a lot of the country’s top talent is from the Washington area and the Terps will have several scholarships open.
Landing a commitment from Smith during his official visit would be a huge win for Maryland. Having Wiggins and Smith on board before the end of June would be a great foundation for a potentially monster class, as the Terps are in on many other elite prospects and could realistically take three more before the cycle ends.
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