The Maryland Terrapins basketball program just continues to reel in quality recruits, this time landing 7'1" center Trayvon Reed as part of the 2014 class.
He is considered one of the top centers in the country in his class and had offers from a bunch of SEC schools, including Florida.
Reed joins a class that already includes guards Romelo Trimble and Dion Wiley and forward Jared Nickens. It is considered by many to be one of the better recruiting classes in the country for 2014 to date.
Reed, from Georgia, could be part of a pipeline the Terps are setting up with the greater Atlanta area. It was just last year that the Terps were able to get Charles Mitchell from the same area. Mitchell has apparently had nothing but good things to say about Maryland to those back home, and this could be the beginning of a connection with the state.
The Terps have made recruiting in their own backyard a priority, and they have made huge inroads since Mark Turgeon took over for Gary Williams. The perception of Maryland basketball by many local basketball programs has greatly improved, and Timble and Wiley's committments show that the Terps are starting to lock down area players. Turgeon can now focus on expanding his reach, which is what he seems to be doing in Georgia.
Maryland's development of Alex Len certainly had some sway with Reed, who is obviously looking to take his game to the next level after college. His offensive game is very raw right now, which is something that was said of Len when he enrolled at Maryland.
Reed weighs just 220 pounds, so he will a strength issue very similar to that of Len when he started with the Terps. Maryland was able to help Len gain weight and get much stronger, and that will be the same goal for Reed.
Terps notes: The entire 2013-2014 Maryland basketball schedule was released, and it features a much more difficult slate than in recent years. The Terps play UNC and Duke just once each, and both games will be on the road. The Terps also have a home-and-home with Pittsburgh and host Syracuse.
Maryland also will host Oregon State and Tulsa, upgrading their out-of-conference schedule. Showdowns with Connecticut in Brooklyn and Ohio State in Columbus will really bolster their strength of schedule.