Back in December, Old Mill's star running back William "Boo" Beverlyvowed that his college choice would take him "as far away from this area as possible."
The 5-foot-11, 185-pounder, who was last year'sAnne Arundel County Sun Football Player of the Year, is on his way to Kansas -- and he didn't even have to click his heels.
The all-purpose running back has accepted a full athletic scholarship to attend Butler County Community College in Eldorado, Old Mill coach Pete Regala announced yesterday.
"There's nothing else around here for me to do," said Beverly, at the conclusion of his senior campaign. "I want to go somewhere where it's totally different, so I can see what life is like in other parts of the country. It would be nice to put my skills to the test against players from other areas."
Last season, Beverly passed with flying colors on local gridirons as he rushed for 951 yards and 14 touchdowns, helping the Patriots (9-2) to their first state playoff appearance, a 17-7 loss to Wootton ofMontgomery County in the Class 4A quarterfinals.
Beverly's versatility in the backfield (he pulled in 24 receptions for 367 and four touchdowns) coupled with his defensive
exploits (five interceptions, three fumble recoveries, including two for touchdowns of 90 and 83 yards) drew the attention of Butler's three-year coach Tom Saia.
While Saia has yet to see Beverly perform in the flesh, he was, however, impressed enough by what he saw of him in game films, to offer hima full ride.
"We went searching for someone to fit into our I-Back (offensive) set and he's exactly what we were looking for," said Saia, whose Grizzlies have made eight bowl appearances in the past decade as a member of the Jay Hawk Conference. "We're looking at him as aguy we can give the ball 20 to 35 times a game. He runs well inside,and he can stick outside."
Regala obviously was an advocate of Beverly's decision to attend Butler.
"This is a big step for him," said Regala, the Anne Arundel County Sun's Coach of the Year last season. "I'm very excited for William. That's where he wants to go, and it's a top-notch program they have there. He's been working hard in school this semester, and he made honor roll for the third marking period.
"I'm elated to see him making the effort in the classroom now.Some kids want to go on and play football in college but never get themselves together. I think William realizes what he wants, and he's working hard at it."