Maryland Terrapin head coach Mark Turgeon has been on quite a hot streak lately. The Terrapins announced that former Xavier forward Dez Wells would attend their school and for the moment, appear to have pulled even in the race for top five recruits Andrew and Aaron Harrison. According to Andy Katz, the twins will likely attend the Maryland version of Midnight Madness on October 12:
Don’t sell Maryland short on the recruiting front, though. Turgeon is still trying to land two of the top four prizes in the class in Andrew and Aaron Harrison, a pair of perimeter players who said they will attend the same school. The Harrison twins are likely going to College Park for Midnight Madness on Oct. 12, according to a source. But Maryland will have to beat out Kentucky to land the pair from Texas, which would be a monumental task. Villanova, SMU and Baylor are also in the mix.
Granted this is big news for Maryland, but in the end, it will be hard for the twins to turn down John Calipari and the Wildcats. They have made several visits to Lexington and we will see if another visit is announced before the decision day of October 29. One thing that may be in Maryland’s favor, and something I have addressed before, is the fact that Maryland is an Under Armour school.
I think that the big thing that happens, regardless of where the twins go, is that they do announce in the early signing period of November. If there was a year where Kentucky could lose out on a duo like this, it is the 2013 class as this is literally a stacked class and Kentucky still has other options. Kentucky’s alumni exhibition game on September 15 is turning into another “Big Blue Madness” as Julius Randle and other recruits are attending it.
It is more of a fight than Kentucky fans expected for the Harrisons, but in the end, never count Calipari out.