It was a good night on the gridiron for the Maryland Terrapins and a nice one for the basketball program as well. Maryland picked up a huge commitment from four-star forward Jake Layman out of Wrentham (Mass.) King Phillip Regional.
The No. 41 prospect in America, Layman had a breakout summer with BABC on the Nike EYBL. Layman’s coming out party was over Memorial Day weekend when he showed off his versatile inside-out game, and then continued it at the Nike Peach Jam and beyond.
Throughout the month of July, Layman maintained that Maryland was his top school, and on Monday that turned into a commitment for the Terps according to his mother Claire Layman.
"We’re just really thrilled," said Claire Layman of her son's decision to attend Maryland. "I think it is a great fit for him. There is such an energy around the program right now. He is looking forward to being a part of something special."
One of the factors really working in Maryland's favor was the presence of assistant coach Scott Spinelli who had been recruiting Layman while at Texas A&M.
"(Spinelli) was at the game where Jake scored his 1,000th point last year," said Layman. "He saw Jake a year ago at the Peach Jam, and Jake’s made a connection with him. I think Jake was really comfortable with Maryland before he went down for the visit."
Having a good relationship with Speinelli and feeling comfortable with the program was a good start, but what sealed the deal was getting to meet head coach Mark Turgeon.
"The visit was great and we got to spend time with Mark (Turgeon) on the visit and meet him personally and everything was just perfect," said Layman.
By picking the Terrapins, Layman becomes the third member of the class and the second four-star pledge joining Shaquille Cleare and Seth Allen. This is shaping up to be an impressive class for Maryland.