What I learned this weekend

Patience is plentiful

Maryland's woes on the field don't seem to be hurting the Terrapins in recruiting.

Wes Brown is just one of the top prospects who aren’t concerned that the Terrapins are 2-9 in coach Randy Edsall's first season.

“We know Coach Edsall has a plan and it will take some time for him to get the players who will buy into his program,” Brown's father, Bernie Dancel, said. “They are still on our list.”

With Olney (Md.) Good Counsel's undefeated season complete, it's time to kick recruiting into high gear. Dancel said his son will take official visits to South Carolina, Michigan, Virginia, Vanderbilt and maybe Colorado.

As for an official to Maryland, Dancel said “We have been there many times. We don't need to waste an official on them.”

Butler is beatable

Most had penciled in Matthews (N.C.) Butler versus Charlotte (N.C.) Mallard Creek for this weekend.


Mallard Creek made it to next round, but Butler was eliminated when it lost to Greensboro (N.C.) Page 40-26 last weekend. For recruitniks, the loss should create some recruiting news as prospects will have more time to think about prospective colleges.

Butler coach Brian Hales is scheduled to visit with his top prospects this week, which are led by three juniors: linebacker Peter Kalambayi, quarterback Riley Ferguson and receiver Uriah LeMay.

LeMay seems a little further along than Kalambayi and Ferguson, probably because he saw his brother, Christian, go through the process last year. The older LeMay is now a freshman quarterback at Georgia.

Uriah told ESPN this weekend that he plans to begin visiting schools in the spring. He said he'll visit Tennessee and North Carolina then added that “Virginia Tech or Clemson will be next on the list”.

Fast starter

Stefon Diggs scored on a 70-yard run on the first play of Good Counsel's game and never looked back. Good Counsel led 35-0 at halftime and ended up securing their first undefeated season in school history.

Diggs did it with style on that first play, reportedly stopping at the goal line and placing the ball just inside the end-zone.

With the stellar season complete, it will be interesting to see how quickly Diggs' recruitment picks up. He was almost set to whittle down his list of schools before Oklahoma came calling and offered up a scholarship last week. Now he told ESPN he'll try to whittle down his schools to seven by Nov. 29.

Where he ends up is anyone's guess since he seems to like doing interviews about as much as fumbling.

Not so fast?

Chaz Elder from College Park (Ga.) Banneker will announce his decision at the Under Armour All-America Game. Elder is still primarily considering Georgia, South Carolina and Vanderbilt.

South Carolina was long thought to be the leader, but with all the indecision that's been involved it's tougher to decipher. Elder was scheduled to make an announcement in September but decided against it. Since then, the Bulldogs have won the SEC East and will play in the SEC championship game, which all but cements coach Mark Richt's status for the foreseeable future.

However, a source close to Elder thinks South Carolina still has a slight lead.

Josh Manley was ready to announce his decision, then he went silent over the weekend. When reached on Monday, Manley said he'll take some visits first and has decided to wait awhile.

The defensive end from Milton (Ga.) High said he'll visit Georgia Tech this weekend then Syracuse in December after discussing his decision with his family.