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Terp 2010 recruit Will Barton(bottom) may be close to committing to Kentucky. Word is that a mid-May visit to Lexington is being planned...but isn't yet firmed up. Terps need to continue to show the love to Mychal Parker(left) and try to get a verbal outta him.

I just found out that DeShawn Painter has some family (cousins) that live near Va Tech. Gary, staff and current players on the roster need to really show the love when Painter visits on 5/8-5/9. Painter is expected to decide on a school within a couple of weeks after the UMD visit.


 
 

This might explain why Zags' blog suddenly doesn't say a word about Lance...

If you are intrested you might want to read this  http://www.hoopsaddict.com/2009/04/28/lance-stephenson-the-saga-continues/

 
 

Virginia Tech didn't just have football prospects on campus over the weekend. The Hokies hosted a big official visitor for basketball as well in Rivals150 center Deshawn Painter. Sources are saying that He just had a quality visit and it still confirms VTech as one of his top 2. No big news here, just giving an update.


 
 

Maryland landed its fourth commitment of the 2010 recruiting class on Tuesday when Hammonton (N.J.) defensive end Ian Evans pledged to the Terps.

The 6-foot-3, 230-pounder chose UM over offers from Syracuse and Temple. Rutgers, Penn State, Vanderbilt and many others were expressing interest, according to Hammonton head coach Pete Lancetta.

“I sent film out to a lot of places and [Maryland] was one of the first to respond very, very positively,” Lancetta said. “We’ve been getting obviously a lot of traffic coming through [the school]. He went [to College Park] twice on visits and really liked it. He went to the spring game with his mother. ... I think [his commitment] had a lot to do with the fact that it’s a really beautiful place. He felt that it was right for him. ... I support him 100 percent. I’m real proud of him and really happy about his decision.”

Evans helped Hammonton (9-3) to the South Jersey Group 3 championship game, where the Blue Devils fell to Shawnee, 28-7. Going into the Shawnee game, Evans had recorded 82 tackles, eight sacks and three interceptions.

Evans, a first-team all-conference selection who led the team in sacks, also played wide receiver for Hammonton. He’ll likely move to tight end as a senior, but his college future is on the defensive side of the ball.

“He’s like an outside linebacker in our scheme,” Lancetta said. “In [Maryland’s] scheme, he can either stand up or possibly play with his hand down. He’s 6-3, 230 pounds, but he can probably get up to 265. He just runs so well; that’s what stands out on film. He ran a 4.49 [40] at a combine. That could be [a little inflated], but even if it is, he’s legitimately in the 4.5s, and that’s pretty darn good for a junior at 6-3, 230. ... [The Maryland staff was] impressed by the way he moves laterally and the way he hawks people down.”

Evans joins Wise safety Titus Till, Handley (Va.) cornerback Jeremiah Wilson and Pittsford (N.Y.) Mendon tight end Sean Fitzpatrick in the Terps’ 2010 recruiting class.



 
 

TT is reporting more exclusive Terps men's basketball recruiting news today, including a change in DeShawn Painter's campus visit dates and his decision timetable, as well as new news from the Will Barton camp and where he may be attending college.

 
 

Resources are saying that there is a new development in Maryland Basketball. Whether it is "BR" coming to Maryland or someone transferring. My guess is that Steve Goins is going to transfer because of the possible coming of Painter and the commits by Jordan Williams and James Padgett.

 
 

TERPCENTER.com is reporting that Maryland has picked up top recruit Lance Stephenson! I tend to not believe it until I see it on Zagsblog.com.This possibly could affect Painter's decision, although I do not think it will.

 

 
 

Maryland's football staff has done an excellent job of mining the Northeast in recent years, and the New York-New Jersey corridor remains a vital pipeline of talent for the Terps. One of their top targets from  the region this year is Johnson City (N.Y.) junior Daquan Jones, with whom Maryland appears to stand an excellent chance.


 
 

Tyrek Cheeseboro told ESPN affiliate Web site TerpCenter.com that he has a top school.

"I'm favored towards Maryland right now because it is my home-state university. The coaches are great - coach Ralph Friedgen, coach [James] Franklin, everybody that's talked to me. It's a great coaching staff, I really love it a lot... I really love how everything is close knit together--like everything is a big family, and that's one thing I really loved about it."

The Terps and Pittsburgh have offered Cheeseboro, who caught 38 passes for 776 yards (20.4 average) and 11 touchdowns during his junior campaign.





 
 

Sources are saying that Deshawn Painter has narrowed it down to two schools. With NC State signing the 7ft. center, it has all but knocked them out of the Painter race. One source tells me that the "Va Tech visit went well today and Painter really likes the student body and the campus." This really comes down to Maryland's visit who seems to be the leader in the Painter recruitment. If Maryland were to land Painter it would play a signifigant role in Vasquez going to the NBA.

Just in from Zags blog that Point guard Malik Stith of Bridgton (Me.) Academy has verbally committed to St. John’s.

This could play a role in Lance Stephenson's college decision. It also could leave Maryland and Arizona as his choices.

 

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