VIP: practice notes, four-star visitor, portal action

With the transfer portal picking up for both Maryland football and basketball, along with the spring game set for this weekend, we delve into the latest notes:

Maryland opened its second-to-last practice for media with more local prospects invited to campus. One notable absence from practice was TE Leron Husbands, who is coming back from a minor injury. Glen Miller was also sporting a boot on his right foot as he was also sidelined for Saturday’s scrimmage, while Shaleak Knotts wasn’t in pads for Tuesday’s practice. Meanwhile, the first unit offensive line (L-R): DJ Glaze, Amelio Moran, Aric Harris, Corey Bullock, Gottlieb Ayedze. Elsewhere, I expect Tarheeb Still to reclaim his spot as punt returner while Octavian Smith jumps heavily into the mix at kick returner.

On the football recruiting side, Maryland may not have a ton of local targets at Saturday’s spring game but that doesn’t mean they aren’t coming to campus. That includes four-star edge rusher Jaylen Harvey, who will unofficially visit with his 7-on-7 team on Friday as the Terps stay in the mix in his recruitment. I’m not optimistic as things currently stand, but there’s a possibility that Harvey does end up taking an official visit to Maryland with either the first or third weekends in June discussed. Penn State, however, remains high on his list while South Carolina has caught his eye as well. Five-star edge rusher Dylan Stewart was a possibility to visit on Friday as well, but I’m hearing he will join four-star QB Mike Van Buren and watch Oregon’s spring game this upcoming weekend.

Meanwhile, Maryland basketball hosted another transfer with Indiana forward Jordan Geronimo visiting campus yesterday with GW expected to be the next stop. Geronimo becomes the second target in the frontcourt whose visited College Park, joining Hunter Dickinson, who has now wrapped up his visits to Kansas and Kentucky.

Dickinson hinted at a potential fourth official, but the feedback coming out of the weekend is that Villanova may prove to be the final visit prior to a potential decision in the next 7-10 days. While NIL has not been discussed as a main factor in Dickinson’s portal decision, Kansas and Kentucky have since made a seven-figure price tag likely while the sentiment remains that Maryland can’t miss because of money. What has helped Maryland is giving Dickinson the chance to workout in Xfinity with Darren McLinton, who also works with Jahmir Young when he’s in the area. The feeling remains that Dickinson feels comfortable in College Park with optimism still swirling, but whether that materializes into a commitment remains to be seen. Dickinson heads to Philadelphia on Friday next where the Wildcats, with former teammate Justin Moore and former Terp Hakim Hart, have juice heading into the visit. Though he’s remained mum throughout the process outside of his weekly podcasts, the feeling is the school with the least likely chance is Georgetown though their aggressive NIL pitch has been noted by a few contacts. Dickinson heads to Philadelphia on Friday next where the Wildcats, with former teammate Justin Moore and former Terp Hakim Hart, have juice heading into the visit. Dickinson is still listed as ‘warm’ on the portal board.

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