Montgomery College-Rockville quarterback John Kaleo, the National Junior College Player of the Year, said yesterday that he has made an oral commitment to attend the University of Maryland.
"Coach [Joe] Krivak offered me a scholarship on Sunday during my visit, and I told him I accepted," said the Bowie High graduate. "I'll be there for spring practice."
Krivak is not permitted by National Collegiate Athletic Association rules to comment on a prospect.
Montgomery Journal reported this week that Kaleo had committed to Maryland.
Kaleo completed almost 61 percent of his passes for 2,963 yards and 32 touchdowns while leading Montgomery to a 10-1 record and a No. 4 national ranking. Nine of his passes were intercepted.
He expects to start classes at Maryland in January. His enrollment will not be official, however, until his exams are complete next week and he is cleared by Maryland's admissions office.
"I really decided I was going to attend Maryland when they got the Independence Bowl bid," said Kaleo.
He considered North Carolina, the University of Hawaii and Clemson, but decided on Maryland after his visit this past weekend, just a week after Montgomery suffered a 58-20 loss to Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College in the Mid-America Bowl.
With the graduation of Scott Zolak, Kaleo will compete against junior quarterback/punter James Sandwisch.
"I'm not sure what kind of major college quarterback he will make," said an official involved with the Maryland football program. "He is really about 6 foot, could have trouble seeing over those 6-4 linemen and he doesn't move that well. But you can't argue with those numbers."