Terps or Ir­ish? Morsell re­veals de­ci­sion to­day

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Four-star guard Dar­ryl Morsell will an­nounce his de­ci­sion be­tween Mary­land and Notre Dame to­day at Mount Saint Joseph, his fa­ther, Dwayne Morsell, said Tues­day. Morsell, 6 feet 4, 190 pounds, whose stock rose dra­mat­i­cally since the sum­mer, “has made up his mind,” ac­cord­ing to his fa­ther. Morsell, a first-team All-Metro se­lec­tion, helped lead the Gaels to the Mary­land In­ter­scholas­tic Ath­letic As­so­ci­a­tion and Bal­ti­more Catholic League ti­tle games last sea­son, av­er­ag­ing 10.6 points, 5.1 re­bounds and 1.7 as­sists per game. Mary­land coach Mark Tur­geon has ac­tively pur­sued Morsell i n re­cent months as a po­ten­tial cen­ter­piece of his 2017 re­cruit­ing class. Dar­ryl Morsell tweeted a pic­ture last month with Tur­geon and the Terps’ coach­ing staff in front of the team bus they took up to the fam­ily’s Bal­ti­more home. Tur­geon also re­port­edly made a home visit af­ter the Cal Rip­ken Sr. Foun­da­tion lun­cheon in Bal­ti­more last week. If Morsell chooses the Terps and even­tu­ally signs, he would be­come the first player from Bal­ti­more to com­mit to Mary­land since Tur­geon fol­lowed Hall of Famer Gary Wil­liams in Col­lege Park in 2011. If Morsell de­cides to go with the Fight­ing Ir­ish, he would fol­low an­other for­mer Mount Saint Joseph guard, Eric Atkins, who played at Notre Dame from 2010 through 2014 and was the only three­time cap­tain in pro­gram his­tory. Atkins is now a video co­or­di­na­tor for Notre Dame. Tur­geon is in­trigued by Morsell’s ver­sa­til­ity and his po­ten­tial as an elite perime­ter de­fender. While the Mary­land back­court seems a bit crowded, the pos­si­bil­ity of point guard Melo Trimble’s leav­ing af­ter his ju­nior year re­mains strong. Mary­land has re­ceived a com­mit­ment from just one player for the Class of 2017: 6-10, 225-pound for­ward Bruno Fer­nando, an An­golan who plays at the IMG Academy in Braden­ton, Fla. Dar­ryl Morsell com­mit­ting to five years of post­grad­u­ate mil­i­tary ser­vice be­fore start­ing classes dur­ing their ju­nior year. FOOT­BALL: Wash­ing­ton State’s Luke Falk, Texas Tech’s Pa­trick Ma­homes II, Ok­la­homa’s Baker May­field, North Carolina’s Mitch Tru­bisky and Clem­son’s De­shaun Wat­son were an­nounced as fi­nal­ists for the Johnny Uni­tas Golden Arm Award. The award, named af­ter the long­time Colts great and Hall of Famer, has been pre­sented at the end of each sea­son since 1987 to the na­tion’s top col­lege quar­ter­back, based on his ac­com­plish­ments on and off the field. Can­di­dates must be a col­lege se­nior or fourth-year ju­nior on sched­ule to graduate with their class. The award will be pre­sented by the Johnny Uni­tas Golden Arm Ed­u­ca­tional Foun­da­tion on Dec. 9 at The Em­bassy Suites Bal­ti­more In­ner Har­bor & The Grand in Bal­ti­more. ... Bowie State ju­nior Vic­tor Tamba was named Cen­tral In­ter­col­le­giate Ath­letic As­so­ci­a­tion Of­fen­sive Line­man of the Week and red­shirt sopho­more Amir Hall was named Quar­ter­back of the Week. MEN’S SOC­CER: Mary­land sopho­more for­ward Gor­don Wild was named Big Ten Co-Of­fen­sive Player of the Week. ... Navy fresh­man de­fender Diego Man­rique was named Pa­triot League De­fen­sive Player of the Week. WOMEN’S SOC­CER: Har­ford Com­mu­nity Col­lege moved into the Na­tional Ju­nior Col­lege Ath­letic As­so­ci­a­tion Top 20 at No. 18. FIELD HOCKEY: Mary­land mid­fielder Madi­son Maguire was named Fresh­man of the Week.

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