When Maryland struck out with the Harrison twins a couple weeks ago, it didn't waste much time turning to its very talented Plan B, local product Roddy Peters.
This time, coach Mark Turgeon didn't miss; Peters pledged to the Terrapins on Tuesday morning.
Peters, a 6-foot-4 point guard from Suitland (Md.), chose Maryland over Georgetown, Rutgers, Xavier, Kansas and UCLA. While many thought the Terrapins were the favorites in this recruitment for a while, it was clear they took a strong lead over the past week. Peters was in College Park for Midnight Madness, and also hosted Turgeon on an in-home visit Monday night.
Peters is ranked No. 47 in the CBSSports.com top 100, good enough for top-10 status at his position. He boosted his stock in a major way over the summer, playing with DC Assault and also excelling on the camp circuit. Peters has very good size for his position, and while not a great athlete, he is crafty and smart with the ball. He's good in the mid-range and is an active defender, playing passing lanes and harassing ball-handlers.
Turgeon now has two commitments in the class of 2013, with Peters joining reclassified big man Damonte Dodd. Transfers Dezmine Wells (Xavier) and Evan Smotrycz (Michigan) are also eligible next season. With junior Pe'Shon Howard constantly battling injuries, Peters could see plenty of time right off the bat next fall in College Park.