Terps or Irish? Morsell reveals decision today
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.