Morgan gets bumper crop of recruits

February 04, 1993|By Paul McMullen | Paul McMullen,Staff Writer

Ten weeks after the 1992 season ended in turmoil, Morgan State football got some good news yesterday, when it received letters of intent from 19 high school seniors and one junior-college student.

Morgan State was 2-9 last season, forfeiting its season finale after l a petition that called for coach Ricky Diggs to be removed. Any fears Diggs had that the incident would affect recruiting were unfounded. The Bears received commitments from two All-Metro selections from City and 10 players from Prince George's County.

"Very few people mentioned it," Diggs said of the turmoil last November that included the dismissal of assistant coach L.C. Cole. "Some parents were concerned, but most parents want their sons in a disciplined program, and that's what we're offering."

Two Baltimoreans who weren't bothered by Morgan State's troubles were at the heart of City's No. 1 ranking and unbeaten season: Offensive guard Sean Scott (6 feet 3, 250 pounds) and linebacker Antonio Travers (6-1, 235) were first-team All-Metro selections.

"I saw them at the [MSA-county] all-star game, and both were impressive," Diggs said. "Antonio is going to be a big-time player, and Sean is one of the best offensive linemen we saw on film."

City coach George Petrides said: "They realize Morgan State has had its problems over the past season, but they really liked the program and feel that it's up and coming. It's also a good start to establishing a relationship with our [City's] next-door neighbor."

Diggs and Bubba Green, Diggs' only full-time assistant coach since the firing of Cole, also got letters of intent from Poly defensive back Khary Tucker and Woodlawn linebacker Karmar Brooks, but most of Morgan's efforts were in the Washington suburbs.

Half of the 20 letters of intent came from Prince George's County, where Crossland's Marcel Dixon and Friendly's Willie Thompson were first-team all-county linebackers on the team selected by the Prince George's Journal. Crossland's only loss came in the state 4A championship game.

DeMatha had the Washington area's top-ranked team, and the Bears will get defensive back Jason Mitchell and defensive lineman Kirk Taylor from the Stags.

Diggs also is excited with the potential of two other linebacking candidates, Derecks Thomas of Winston Churchill in Montgomery County and Kent County's Greg Lomax.

Morgan State set many offensive records last season, but the Bears allowed 44.4 points a game, and 15 of the 20 recruits are defensive players. New Yorker Alfred Anderson, a lineman, is the lone junior-college recruit; he has three seasons of eligibility remaining.

Diggs said he expects to have more than 70 returning players when spring practice begins April 6. Dondeal Mixon and Toni Moore, transfers in 1991 from Toledo who combined for 88 receptions, have left Morgan State and reportedly enrolled at Central (Ohio) State.

Morgan State signees

Players who have signed letters of intent to play football at Morgan State next season:

P ..... Name ..... ..... Ht. .. Wt. .. High school

DT ... Alfred Anderson.. 6-5 .. 250 .. jr. college (school unavail.)

LB .... Karmar Brooks .. 6-2 .. 225 .. Woodlawn

LB ..... Diron Chloe ... 6-1 .. 235 .. Friendly

LB .... Marcel Dixon ... 6-4 .. 230 .. Crossland

RB/WR.. Wesley Greene... 5-9 .. 180 .. High Point

LB ..... Ronald Hicks... 6-0 .. 220 .. Good Counsel

LB ..... Greg Lomax .... 6-1 .. 235 .. Kent County

WR ..... Ronald Mayo.... 6-3 .. 180 .. Eleanor Roosevelt

DB ... Jason Mitchell... 6-2 .. 190 .. DeMatha

OT ... Brian Redmond ... 6-5 .. 250 .. Eleanor Roosevelt

DT .. Brandon Robinson.. 6-3 .. 250 .. Dunbar (D.C.)

RB/LB Vernon Satterwhite 6-2 .. 205 .. Largo

OG ..... Sean Scott .... 6-3 .. 250 .. City College

DB . Thaddeus Singletary 5-10.. 175 .. Dunbar (D.C.)

LB .. Brian Stevenson .. 6-1 .. 215 .. Bishop McNamara

DL .... Kirk Taylor .... 6-3 .. 235 .. DeMatha

LB ... Derecks Thomas... 6-2 .. 230 .. Winston Churchill

LB ... Willie Thompson.. 6-0 .. 220 .. Friendly

LB ... Antonio Travers.. 6-1 .. 235 .. City College

DB ..... Khary Tucker... 5-10.. 180 .. Poly

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