SHREVEPORT,LA. — SHREVEPORT, La. -- The University of Maryland has received an oral commitment from DeMatha High All-American kicker Dave DeArmas, according to DeMatha coach Bill McGregor and DeArmas' brother, Dan, a junior place-kicker for the Terps.
Dan DeArmas said his brother made the decision Wednesday night. The younger DeArmas converted on 13 of 17 field-goal tries this season with a long effort of 48 yards. He also averaged 44.7 yards a punt and was 14-for-15 on extra-point attempts. The one miss was a block.
"I think he just got tired of having 20 to 25 schools calling him every night," said Dan DeArmas, who is averaging 39.5 yards a punt for the Terps. McGregor said Dave DeArmas had decided to visit Miami, Ohio State and Tennessee, but changed his mind.
"He was content with the success his brother was having and familiar with the Maryland coaching staff," said McGregor. "He knows them well."
Dan DeArmas said his brother will redshirt next season.
The Maryland coaching staff cannot comment on a player until the national signing day in February.
* Maryland head coach Joe Krivak has been out on the recruiting trail for months, but all his efforts may not have as much impact bTC as tomorrow night's game.
"The game on television will put us into millions of households," said Krivak. "You can't beat that as a recruiting tool, and it's coast to coast."
* Independence Bowl chairman Brant Goyne, an oral surgeon, performed a 4 1/2 -hour operation on Louisiana Tech quarterback Gene Johnson last spring.
Goyne said he had no idea the Bulldogs were going to wind up in this bowl game.
"Thank God the jaw held up or my name would have been mud," Goyne said.
"I was aware that Dr. Goyne was the bowl chairman," said Johnson. "I used to joke with him about inviting us to the bowl when I'd be in his office, but I didn't really know it would come to this."
* While Maryland players were attending a wet T-shirt, lingerie and bodybuilding contest Wednesday night, Johnson said most of the Bulldogs "just hung out" around their hotel.
"I don't even know if Coach [Joe Raymond Peace] would even let us attend a function like that," said Johnson. "What we're trying to do is keep our focus on the game. There are so many other distractions that it's hard to do."
The quiet night didn't exactly go with the Bulldogs' reputation. The team has been involved in two serious altercations with other teams this year and several players came into town Wednesday wearing black "Nasty Boys" T-shirts.
"It's like the Orange Crush, the Steel Curtain, other names that people give their defense," said Peace. "It's nothing major."
"Intensity, it spilled over, and that's why we fought," said Bulldogs safety Deon Sharp.
* Despite not being at school, several Maryland players took exams yesterday morning. . . . Krivak thought yesterday's practice was a lot more crisp than Wednesday's, but said his team "still has some work to do." Krivak continued to surprise observers by keeping his entire practice open to the media. Peace closed his 30 minutes into the session. . . . There was a fight yesterday in the Maryland camp between Terps offensive tackle O'Neil Glenn and outside linebacker Adriene Wilson. Glenn is 6 feet 2 and weighs 283 pounds. Wilson is 6-0 and weighs 207.