Every week, BTPowerhouse’s Big Ten Morning Power Bar details what’s going on across the league on the recruiting trail.
The recruiting evaluation and offer season for 2019 and 2020 continued in earnest this week. We have updates from three Big Ten teams that extended out multiple scholarships in the 2019 and 2020 classes.
Maryland Sends Out Multiple Offers, Signs Transfer And Remains In Running For Top 2018 Point Guard Target
The Terps were all over the place on the recruiting trail this week.
We reported on the Mississippi State transfer signing of Schnider Herard. The 6-foot-10 big man should offer some depth to a potentially depleted front line for Maryland next season. Much remains to be seen on how much Herard can contribute next season. His minutes were drastically cut this season.
Outside of Herard, Maryland has entered the fray for 2018 point guard target Tyger Campbell. We’ve written about Campbell’s odd recruitment here and here, but more twists and turns have emerged in the pursuit of his services. DePaul and Purdue remain involved, but UCLA, Maryland and Wisconsin have entered the mix too. He visited Maryland on January 7th, and has a visit scheduled for UCLA this weekend. Maryland has a lot of ground to make up with Campbell in a short amount of time, but his recruitment has been anything but ordinary, so perhaps that is a moot point. Stay tuned for a conclusion to his recruitment coming in the spring.
Finally, Maryland offered three prospects across the 2019, 2020 and 2021 classes this week. According to VerbalCommits, The 2019 target is combo guard Jahmius Ramsey. We mentioned Ramsey last week because Illinois sent out an offer. It is his 10th Power Five offer, so Maryland has a lot of competition, but according to 247Sports, Ramsey is especially interested in the Terrapins. We’ll follow Ramsey’s recruitment and report back when the Texas-native starts narrowing down his choices.
The next offer went out to 2020 point guard Noah Farrakhan. The top-25 player in 2020 (Rivals) holds offers from fellow Big Ten schools Minnesota and Rutgers. Other Power Five offers include Florida, Mississippi State, Seton Hall, St. John’s and Virginia Tech.
The 2021 offer went out to shooting guard Adrian Griffin Jr. It was first reported on Twitter by Varsity Insider.
Stepinac freshman Adrian Griffin Jr. just picked up an offer from Maryland. Big-time offer for @step_basketball freshman.— Varsity Insider (@lohudinsider) January 21, 2018
It appears to be the first Power Five offer for Griffin Jr. Obviously a long way to go in his recruitment, so expect more top schools to jump in.
Minnesota Offers Multiple 2019 Point Guards
The Golden Gophers were active with offers this week as well. Richard Pitino extended offers to 6-foot-1 point guard Tyson Etienne and 6-foot-4 point guard Kevin McCullar. Etienne also has offers from Cincinnati, Illinois, UMass, Old Dominion and Iona. McCullar, who is ranked no. 60 according to Rivals, has offers from Baylor, Texas Tech, Oklahoma, Kansas State and Houston amongst others.
Minnesota appears to be heavily targeting point guards in the 2019 class. Of the 16 offers they have extended around the country, six have been for the point guard position. Expect a big class of around five players for Pitino’s program that year.
Northwestern Offers 2019 Guard
The Wildcats extended an offer to top 150 shooting guard Paul Mulcahy this week. The 6-foot-4 New Jersey native also has offers from Boston College, Rutgers, Seton Hall and SMU. This is Northwestern’s second offer to a shooting guard in the 2019 class. They were also one of the first schools in on top 40 combo guard Zach Harvey.
Stay tuned for any more news on Northwestern’s 2019 class. With a solid 2018 locked up, the Wildcats can continue to reach higher under Chris Collins with a great 2019.