Despite a late start, the University of Maryland has received oral commitments from more than half of its expected 1992 football recruiting class. The early-period signing date begins Feb. 5.
Nearly a week ago, new Maryland coach Mark Duffner said he expected to sign 15 players; as of yesterday, he had commitments from eight.
Duffner, who had said he would focus on offensive linemen, has received commitments from three, including Erik Greenstein (6 feet 2, 265 pounds) from Andover (Mass.) High; Matt Davenport (6-4, 265) of Tallahassee (Fla.) High; and Aaron Henne (6-5, 240) of Shaler High outside Pittsburgh.
"I think Maryland can now recruit farther north because Duffner worked at Holy Cross and knows the area," said Dick Collins, Greenstein's coach.
Maryland could be in the running for linemen Duane Ashman (6-5, 260) of Fork Union (Va.) Prep; Clay Brown (6-3, 235) of Atlanta; Mike Flynn (6-5, 265) of Springfield, Mass.; and Andy Crowe (6-4, 250) of Tallahassee, Fla. None could be reached for comment.
Maryland also has received commitments from wide receiver Al Wallace (6-4, 210), who caught 29 passes for 473 yards and five touchdowns last season for Spanish River High in Boca Raton, Fla.
The Terps have recruited in Maryland, Washington, Delaware, Virginia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York. Besides Henne, Maryland also has received an oral commitment from linebacker/strong safety Abu Whittaker (6-5, 205) of Perry Traditional Academy near Pittsburgh.
In New Jersey, quarterback Kevin Foley (6-2, 190) and tight end Erik Henry (6-4, 220), both from Cherry Hill East High, said they will attend Maryland. Foley threw for more than 4,000 yards last season.
Also last night, coach Dave Riley of Cinnaminson High in New Jersey said wide receiver Kevin Walker (5-10, 155, 4.4 seconds in the 40-yard --) had agreed orally Tuesday night to attend Maryland. Walker also returned punts and played cornerback at Cinnaminson.
Riley also said Walker's teammate and free safety Mark Nelms, who also runs the 40 in 4.4, wanted to attended Maryland, but has yet to meet all the school's academic standards.
Maryland's late start, and the resignation of former head coach Joe Krivak, cost Maryland some recruits.
The Terps were unable to sign three from Nassau (N.Y.) Junior College -- defensive tackle Chris Breheny, defensive back Chris Bryant and linebacker Harom Pringle.
Tight end Travis Evans, from Glen Mills Prep in Concordville, Pa., was headed to Maryland but changed his mind after Krivak resigned.