The biggest knock on Gary Williams during his years at Maryland was that he couldn’t land big-time recruits. Well, Mark Turgeon has had no problem doing that.
Only two weeks after getting a commitment from top-25 big man Shaq Cleare, the Terrapins nabbed a pledge on Monday night from Jake Layman.
A source confirmed the news to CBSSports.com.
Layman, a 6-foot-8 forward from King Philip Regional (Mass.), was one of the biggest rising stars on the spring and summer AAU circuit. He is a versatile frontcourt player who runs the floor well and shoots it well from 3-point range. Defensively, his length and lateral movement make him perfect to put at the top of a zone or press. Layman checked in at No. 57 in CBSSports.com’s Top 100.
In addition to Cleare and Layman, Maryland also holds a commitment from Virginia native Seth Allen.
Commitment Catch-Up: Layman and Ricky Ledo weren’t the only commitments from the extended weekend, as plenty of high-major schools nabbed pledges . . . L.J. Rose, a Houston native, decided to stay in-state and play for Baylor. He is a tremendous passer . . . As I reported on Twitter, top-50 junior Deonte Burton committed to Marquette . . . Athletic wing Montay Brandon is headed to Florida State, where his attacking style will mesh well . . . Brandon Taylor rose up the charts during the late spring and summer, and turned that performance into a commitment to Penn State . . . One of the more interesting situations involves Devin Thomas and Wake Forest. Multiple outlets reported that Thomas committed to the Demon Deacons, but Dave Telep of ESPN.com dispelled the rumors. Keep an eye on this as it evolves . . . UCF picked up two commitments, from DeVon Walker and Dylan Karell . . . 2014 prospect B.J. Stith popped for Virginia, following in his father’s footsteps. Bryant Stith is UVA’s all-time leading scorer . . . Skylar Spencer has great defensive potential, and he will get to live that out at San Diego State, as the big man chose the Aztecs over Washington . . . Georgia small forward Jarmal Reid is headed to Oregon State after visiting over the weekend . . . Nebraska picked up a commitment from Shavon Shields . . . D.J. Balentine, who impressed over the summer with the Eric Gordon Central Stars, pledged to Evansville . . . DeVontae Watson stayed in-state and picked Temple.