Layman Likes the Terps

New England Recruiting Report | Monday, September 5th, 2011

Layman Likes the Terps

There's a reason schools jockey to try and be the first school to get a prospect on campus. 

Maryland showed why this weekend as they were able to make such an impression on Jake Layman's official visit that he cancelled his other scheduled trips to Florida, Louisville, and Kansas. 

“Right when I saw the Comcast Center I was amazed,” Layman told ESPN's Dave Telep on Monday night. “It’s huge compared to some of the other schools I’ve seen. At the end of my visit they actually had me and my parents  watching a video. They took us into the Comcast Center with a spotlight shining on a bunch of chairs in a circle (at midcourt) and we sat down and talked. It was cool.”

Layman saw his stock explode this summer but Maryland was one of the few high-major schools who had roots with the six-foot-eight forward that began prior to July. 

Assistant coach Scott Spinelli was on Layman hard this spring when he wasn't more than another name on a recruiting list to other schools.  Spinelli, who played at Boston University and was previously the head coach at the Winchendon School, utilized his longstanding New England ties to get an early jump on the competition. 

Being proactive certainly paid off in this case as the Terps were rewarded with Layman's first official visit and now the rest is history. 

Layman is the 11th ranked small forward and 53rd overall prospect in the ESPNU 100.  He is the third player to commit to Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon so far joining Seth Allen and Shaquille Cleare.