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Sunday, October 27, 2013
Terps turn loss into recruiting win

By Jared Shanker

The biggest winner from the ACC this weekend might be a loser.

Maryland suffered a close defeat at home to No. 9 Clemson, but the Terrapins picked up a solid commitment from in-state 2015 offensive guard E.J. Donahue (Frederick, Md./Linganore). The three-star junior was in College Park for the game and tweeted the news.

It was important for Donahue to remain in Maryland and play for the local Terrapins.

I will be staying home and playing for my home state. I'm committing to University of Maryland!!! #GoTerps

— Ej Donahue70 (@EjDonahuge) October 27, 2013

The scouting report for the 6-foot-5, 330-pound lineman states that he could play tackle too. From the moment he steps on campus, he will bring solid size and a physical presence.

Also, arguably the top 2015 target for the Terps was on campus on Saturday. Defensive end Adam McLean (Gaithersburg, Md./Quince Orchard) is the No. 1 junior in Maryland and No. 125 in the ESPN Junior 300. Despite the loss to Clemson, McLean said he enjoyed the visit and liked the effort the Terrapins put forth in the near upset. The atmosphere was impressive, he said, especially as Maryland began getting turnovers and shifting the momentum.

“They stand high,” McLean said of the Terps, who are one of about a dozen offers for McLean. “I like Maryland. [It’s a] good school and [has good] academics, so they’re a school I like a lot.”

As of Saturday afternoon, Florida State’s four official visitors had yet to publicly discuss their visits, but the Noles put on another stellar performance on offense and defense. Top Gators commit Dalvin Cook (Miami/Miami Central) was one of the Seminoles' visitors. As was three-star Brock Ruble (Hyattsville, Md./DeMatha), who is at a position of major need at offensive tackle.

College is gonna be the best damn time of my life I swear!

— Brock Ruble (@pass_the_brock) October 27, 2013

North Carolina picked up its first ACC win of the season on Saturday, and while the prospects in attendance did not match the contingent that came in two weeks ago for the Thursday night game against Miami, several top 2015 targets were in Chapel Hill. Junior members of the ESPN 300 Terry Godwin (Hogansville, Ga./Callaway), and Darian Roseboro (Lincolnton, N.C./Lincolnton) attended, as did top in-state target Tanner Muse (Belmont, N.C./South Point).

With the Heels at 2-5 and in danger of failing to qualify for a bowl game, the UNC coaches told Muse they need to seriously upgrade the talent, and that begins with him.
“I really enjoy being around the coaching staff. I really have a bond with those guys, and I know I have a great shot of being a player there,” Muse said.

Top 2015 commit Andre Smith (Jacksonville, Fla./Trinity) made his first visit to campus and brought teammate Ben Edwards with him. Smith is actively recruiting Edwards and said he “liked it just as much as I did.”

“It went great. The campus is beautiful, the facilities are nice as well,” Smith said. “Learned a lot about the traditions of UNC and history of the school, met other commits and players.”

No loss in the ACC on Saturday was as ugly as Virginia Tech’s home defeat to Duke, but the Hokies should get some solace in that No. 7 junior Tim Settle (Manassas, Va./Stonewall Jackson) made a return trip to Blacksburg and tweeted about his positive experience.

VT was great today but it was really cold go #Hokies

— Tim Settle (@tim_settle) October 26, 2013