Maryland Quick Hitters

It's Virginia Tech or Alabama for four-star Cyrus Jones.

Just a couple of quick hitters from the state of Maryland...

-For all intents and purposes, the recruitment of four-star athlete Cyrus Jones (Baltimore, Md./Gillman) is down to Virginia Tech and Alabama. Hokies head coach Frank Beamer recently did his in-home with him and sources indicate that visit went well and that Virginia Tech feels good about its chances. At the same time, the Crimson Tide has been the team to beat for most of the process for Jones and Alabama equally feels well. It should be interesting to see how things progress in the coming weeks.

-There is a lot of chatter about four-star running back Wes Brown (Olney, Md./Good Counsel) heading to Vanderbilt. In fact, one source went so far as to call it a “done deal” late last week. Commodores head coach James Franklin has strong ties to the area and already has a commitment from high three-star cornerback Brandon Banks. 

-One interesting development in any of the recruitments of state of Maryland prospects, is Mike Locksley’s potential forthcoming hire as the Terps’ offensive coordinator. Locksley has been a strong recruiter at every stop and signed Arrelious Benn out of the District of Columbia to Illinois over nearly every program in the country. Locksley will likely pull off at least one or two surprises between now and national signing day after joining the Maryland staff.

-The same can be said of Penn State defensive line coach Larry Johnson. Much like Locksley, Johnson has had a long track record of landing top Maryland talent. Should he end up on the Terps’ staff or perhaps on Urban Meyer’s at Ohio State, it could go a long way toward a program getting a foothold in the area, which is underrated for football talent.

-Two four-star Class of 2013 defensive backs, Kennedy Frazier and Delando Johnson (Baltimore, Md./Calvert Hall), have seen their individual recruitments pick up in recent weeks. Georgia Tech, Boston College, Penn State and Wisconsin all are recruiting Frazier heavily and it’s believed could be close to offering. Alabama, Tennessee, Oklahoma, West Virginia and more are looking at Johnson, who already has a verbal offer from East Carolina.

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