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Maryland signs four-star DeMatha safety Nick Cross

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Maryland signs four-star DeMatha safety Nick Cross

Terps head coach Mike Lockley’s "DMV to UMD" movement keeps growing stronger: DeMatha Catholic High School safety Nick Cross decommitted from Florida State to sign with the Terps, the school announced on Tuesday.

Cross, a four-star recruit, clocked a 40 in 4.48 seconds.

He verbally committed to the Seminoles in September and had offers from 34 schools, including Notre Dame, LSU, Michigan, Ohio State and Penn State. He officially visited Florida State, Florida, Auburn,  Alabama and Penn State, and unofficially toured Georgia Tech. 

Locksley was Cross’ main recruiter at Alabama when he officially visited in June back when Locksley was still the Tide’s offensive coordinator. He was a familiar face with an established relationship when Cross came to College Park, just a few miles down Route 1 from DeMatha. 

247Sports ranked Cross the nation’s fourth best safety and No. 50 recruit overall. 

The All-American is joining 10 DeMatha alumni returning to Locksley’s team. All were coached by DeMatha head coach Elijah Brooks who just became Maryland’s running backs coach.

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Mid-Atlantic College Hoops Power Rankings: Several teams in contention for an NCAA bid

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Mid-Atlantic College Hoops Power Rankings: Several teams in contention for an NCAA bid

College basketball season is less than a month away from conference tournaments, and with it NCAA Tournament bids. 

This is a great time to see how the local landscape is doing and which teams potentially could make some noise on Selection Sunday. 

The typical players are at the forefront; Virginia is one of the top teams in the land and Maryland is back in the national conversation. However, the rest of the Commonwealth is in good hands. There is a good possibility that eight teams from the state of Virginia could be dancing in March. 

Below are all the teams, ranked from the Mid-Atlantic area (Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, Washington DC) that have a chance to make it to the big dance. 

1. Virginia (20-1, 8-1 ACC)

This is not last year's Virginia Cavaliers team. They are better. 

DeAndre Hunter, Ty Jerome and Kyle Guy all bring home 10 points apiece every night. Their offense is now middle of the pack in the country, while their defense remains No. 1.

2. Virginia Tech (18-4, 7-3 ACC)

The Hokies brought back so much experience from last year's squad and will be making it back to the NCAA Tournament for the third season in a row. 

Doing an outstanding job in nonconference play (11-1), Virginia Tech emerged as one of the nation's serious contenders. And if they keep their head above water in the packed ACC, the Hokies will really prove how talented they are. 

3. Maryland (18-6, 9-4 Big Ten)

Maryland is finally living up to expectations, minus their obscure loss to Illinois at a neutral court (which might not be that bad of a loss anymore). With the Big Ten having another poor showing as a conference, the Terps are rising to the occasion. 

Bruno Fernando staying was the best thing to happen to the Terps this season. He's been fantastic averaging a double-double on the season and allowing the team to be run an inside-out offense when need be. 

They can win in multiple different ways, the good sign for a tournament team. 

4. VCU (16-6, 7-2 Atlantic 10)

As the first bubble team in these rankings, VCU is reclaiming their identity as a defensive squad. Unfortunately for them, though, they are having to rely on their nonconference resume with the Atlantic 10 having a down season. 

Their best win from noncon is turning out to be over Hofstra, but to counter they also had an inexpiable home loss to Charleston. There's not much there in a resume for VCU, but they are a team that collectively will be better than several NCAA Tournament teams.  

5. Georgetown (15-8, 5-5 Big East)

Could the Hoyas sneak their way into an NCAA Tournament bid? They're currently tied for third  in the Big East and recently  nabbed a decent road win at St. John's. 

Can the legend of Mac McClung keep the team chugging to the end of the season?

6. Liberty (20-5, 9-1 Atlantic Sun)

All the metric systems are rewarding the Flames for their season so far. Liberty is ranked 61st on KenPom and 55th in the NET Rankings. Three of their five losses have been to teams from the top six conferences. But, there is no way the committee is going to give the A-Sun two teams in the NCAA Tournament. Liberty has to win the A-Sun title in their first season with the conference. 

7. George Mason (13-10, 7-3 Atlantic 10)

Take away the 0-3 start (losses to Penn, American and Georgia Southern) and the Patriots don't actually have a bad record. But those games still count and will prevent the team from an at-large bid in any postseason tournament. 

However, they've greatly increased their defense which could propel the team to contention in for the A-10 title. 

8. Old Dominion (19-6, 9-3 Conference USA)

The Monarchs are an intriguing team and sit atop their conference. They are right on their way to returning to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since they were in the CAA.

Notable wins for them this season include VCU and Syracuse. But, they have to win their conference to get in. 

9. Radford (17-7, 9-1 Big South)

Remember these guys? They had two big upsets during the nonconference season over Notre Dame and Texas. They are another team with a tough defense that could provide a mismatch against some of the top teams in the country. Three of their starters are from last year's NCAA Tournament and Big South championship team, and are looking to do it all again.

10. UMBC (14-10, 6-3 America East)

Early on in the year everyone's favorite Cinderella team was struggling. But as of late, the Retrievers have turned it around. They've won five of their last six contests with two of those victories coming over the top two teams in the America East. 

And we all know they love the underdog story. 

11. Norfolk State (13-10, 8-0 MEAC)

The Spartans are running away with the MEAC. With a big presence in the paint no other team has had an answer. However, based on how the MEAC Tournament is set up though, and some close wins, they probably won't win the conference title. 

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Ex-Michigan assistant Pep Hamilton rumored to become Washington XFL’s head coach and GM

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Ex-Michigan assistant Pep Hamilton rumored to become Washington XFL’s head coach and GM

Pep Hamilton, who won’t return as the University of Michigan’s assistant coach and quarterbacks coach for the 2019 season, is rumored to become the head coach and general manager for Washington XFL next February. 

Hamilton was fired from the University of Michigan on Wednesday, according to ESPN. He is rumored to become the Washington XFL’s head coach and general manager in February 2020, and he is further rumored to have been building his staff “for the past week or so,” Bruce Feldman, college football reporter for The Athletic, Tweeted Thursday afternoon. 

The University of Maryland's head football coach Michael Locksley also Tweeted a photo with Hamilton on Tuesday:

Hamilton worked as Michigan’s assistant coach and quarterback coach from 2017 to 2019. He signed a document outlining a four-year agreement in 2017 that promised $1 million for the first three years and $1.25 million for the fourth. 

Hamilton began his coaching career as a quarterback coach in 1997 at Howard University, where he stayed for five seasons. He then worked for the New York Jets for three seasons, San Francisco 49ers for one season, Chicago Bears for three seasons, Stanford University for three seasons, Indianapolis Colts for three seasons, Cleveland Browns for one season and then moved into his two years at Michigan. 

THe XFL announced in December that Washington will host a franchise when the league relaunches in one year – February 2020. 

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