VIP: practice notes, committed prospect hearing from Terps, top target on cusp of decision

Maryland football returns to SECU Stadium this weekend as they’re set for a 3:30 PM kickoff against Indiana, while basketball and head coach Kevin Willard wait on official news from a top target. The latest notes:

Maryland football kicked off the open portion of Tuesday’s practice with its team good-on-good period as the team is on day two of Indiana prep. Neither LB Jaishawn Barham nor OL Corey Bullock were going through drills despite both being in full pads on the field. First-team OL featured (L-R) DJ Glaze, Kyle Long, Aric Harris, Amelio Moran and Gottlieb Ayedze with Tai Felton, Jeshaun Jones and Kaden Prather the three wideouts with Taulia Tagovailoa under center. Marcus Dumervil also worked with the second-unit at tackle with Mike Purcell anchoring the line.

Just like last week, Ramon Brown looked fluid through running back drills as he inches back onto the field for his season debut. Still no sign of LB Neeo Avery as we approach the midway point of the season.

Meanwhile, Rob Ambrose was back at practice this afternoon head-to-toe in Maryland gear as the former Towson head coach has been a familiar face around the program in recent weeks, and could continue to do so through the season.

On the recruiting front, one week after making his way to Maryland, four-star edge rusher Jaylen Harvey returned to Happy Valley for their White Out game to wrap up the latest round of visits. Coming out of the weekend, the vibe is that Harvey is done with visits as he, QO head coach John Kelley and his parents bunker down into decision mode. Confidence is very high out of Happy Valley coming and while Maryland remains in the top group, I’m hearing that the Terps are trending in the opposite direction down the stretch.

Elsewhere, Maryland has kept in touch with Pitt verbal Jeremiah Marcelin and South Carolina verbal Braydon Lee as the duo have both reciprocated the continued interest by visiting already this season, with Lee on campus for the last two home games, but I’m hearing that Maryland has kept tabs on another committed local prospect. Logan Bennett, a St. Frances (MD) offensive lineman currently committed to Michigan State, has opened his recruitment a bit to hear from other schools with uncertainty surrounding the Spartans. Bennett hasn’t made his way to campus yet this season, though a visit could materialize as he keeps an open line with Maryland among others. Prior to his summer commitment, Bennett was originally planning to officially visit Maryland back in June before the Spartans locked him down on what ended up being his first and only official, though his recruitment could see some twists and turns down the stretch.

On the basketball side, all eyes remain on priority forward Matt Hodge, who is officially on commitment watch with the Terps still in the top group (update here). Hodge is expected to notify all coaches by Wednesday morning with a decision imminent off the heels of his official visit to Maryland. The Terps had the edge coming out of the visit as he still sits ‘warm’ on the big board. As head coach Kevin Willard and the staff look to close on the priority three-star target, five-star guard Boogie Fland was next up on the visit list but a contact in Fland’s camp says they’ve scratched plans to officially visit Maryland this weekend. After parting with Daquan Davis and missing on Jaeden Mustaf, Maryland’s point guard recruiting is back to square one, though they’ll get one of their top 2025 targets on campus this weekend.

Related Links

Terps in the NFL: Dontay Demus signed to Ravens’ practice squad, Diggs & Deonte Banks shine

Mike Locksley talks Indiana game, Glen Miller’s development, confidence in Jack Howes

Top-50 target impressed by Maryland’s defense on latest visit (+)

Update on priority target Matt Hodge (+)

Maryland vs. Ohio State selected as FOX’s Big Noon Saturday Contest

Maryland projected to face SEC foes in week five bowl projections