Randallstown's Larry Washington, The Evening Sun Player of the Year in football last fall, was planning to announce today that he will attend the University of Maryland next fall.
Earlier this month, Rams coach John Buchheister scheduled an afternoon news conference for today at the northwest Baltimore County school so Washington could make his announcement.
The 5-foot-10, 205-pound running back, who rushed for an unofficial state record 2,275 yards and 34 touchdowns while leading the 13-0 and No. 1-ranked Rams to the state Class 4A championship, visited the College Park campus over the weekend.
Washington had made previous visits to Georgia Tech, Clemson, Tennessee and Michigan.
The Evening Sun learned that those schools were informed Washington would be attending Maryland.
NCAA rules permit colleges to sign football recruits to a national letter of intent from Feb. 6 through April 1. However, college coaches like Maryland's Joe Krivak are not permitted to comment on prospective recruits until they have signed during that period.
Krivak has to be smiling though at the thought of Washington and fellow committed recruit Raphael Wall of Wilde Lake joining returning halfback standouts freshman Mark Mason and junior Troy Jackson in the Terps' backfield.
Wall, also a first-team All-Metro selection by The Evening Sun last fall, verbally committed to Maryland last week. He led the Wildecats to the state Class 2A championship, rushing for 1,538 yards and 25 touchdowns.
In addition, earlier this month, Dunbar tight end Kevin Washington told The Evening Sun he had orally committed to Maryland.
Buchheister said he had advised Larry Washington to make his college choice based on several criteria.
"I suggested to Larry after the season that he make his visits to the colleges he was interested in, then sit down and list the pros and cons of each," said Buchheister. "I did not try to influence him one way or the other. It has to be his choice.
"I suggested he choose a school where he would have support to maintain his academic integrity, where he felt comfortable with the people on the coaching staff, where he could have a quick impact, a chance to play right away, and where the cost of traveling home would not be prohibitive."