Severna Park's Green bound for Tennessee

SIDELINES

February 02, 1994|By PAT O'MALLEY

Severna Park's All-County and All-Metro defensive lineman Ron Green officially will sign with the University of Tennessee today, but his full football scholarship is contingent upon his meeting the Scholastic Assessment Test or ACT academic requirements.

Green (6 feet 3 and 265 pounds), who is considered to be among the best linemen ever to play for the Falcons, has yet to score the required 700 on his SAT to qualify for a NCAA Division I scholarship.

He is taking the SAT again Saturday and also will take the untimed SAT in May in addition to the alternative ACT. The required ACT score is 17 on the composite verbal and math exam.

"That's all I've been doing is studying for those two tests and I'm optimistic I'm going to get it," said Green. "I want it really bad."

Tennessee has been Green's first choice all along and coach Phil Fulmer was among several Division I and I-AA coaches to visit his home.

Fulmer's visit here and Green's subsequent visit to Tennessee this weekend convinced him he wanted to be a Volunteer.

Green, a four-year starter at Severna Park for coach Andy Borland, also visited and seriously considered national runner-up Nebraska, perennial I-AA national contender Marshall and Maryland.

The Terps have landed two other county players in Arundel defensive lineman Richard Abrams and North County linebacker Troy Fowlkes. Abrams and Fowlkes will sign national letters of intent today. Southern's Corey Contee will sign with Bowie State.

"I was impressed with Coach Fulmer and loved the school," said Green. "It's in the mountains and I really liked that. If I can qualify academically, I will get a chance to start as a freshman."

Borland said if Green, who runs the 40-yard -- in 4.6 seconds, qualifies, "the sky is the limit on how far he can go in football."

Green easily would qualify for a national anthem challenge if the county had one.

Green is among an increasing number of students and adults around the county who are performing the "Star Spangled Banner" with ardor and pride.

"We need more of those type things [pride in your country]," said Southern coach Tom Albright.

If there was an anthem challenge, these singers be the top contestants:

Annapolis junior basketball player Lenny Barber and Arundel veteran wrestling coach and PA announcer Jeff Amdur and student Karen Zucco, daughter of head football coach Bill Zucco.

From Broadneck, Laura Holoski, a 1993 grad now attending West Virginia Wesleyan, and current seniors,

Jennifer Miller and Elizabeth Winter. Severna Park's Green and Southern brother/sister graduates, Darnell Easton and Helen Smith.

A county disadvantage

Those questions about Class 2A Dunbar's playing in more than one basketball tournament during the regular season are coming up again.

There is a misconception that basketball teams can play in only one tournament, during the holidays, when, in fact, they can play all the tournament games they wish.

"Teams can play their entire schedule in tournaments as long as they don't exceed the maximum number of games [22]," said Ned Sparks, Executive Secretary of the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association.

"Holiday tournament games don't count toward the playoffs, but all other games do. We have a lot of schools on the western shore who participate in mixers throughout the season."

Also, what about scrimmages? Some teams play them frequently.

"There are no state limitations on the number of scrimmages as )) long as the scores are not reported and no admission is charged," said Sparks.

Anne Arundel County does have a local rule that limits teams to only three scrimmages per basketball season. It puts county teams at somewhat of a disadvantage at state playoff time.

Example: Annapolis makes the 4A final four and Southern makes the 2A, and the two teams want to scrimmage before the state semis. If they already played three, they can't play another one while their statewide opponents without local rules do scrimmage.

A vote for Florestano

Could there be a more qualified candidate for the county school board than retiring Anne Arundel Community College President Tom Florestano?

Florestano would give the board a member who has a diversified background, including athletics.

He monitored student-athletes at the University of Maryland before coming to Anne Arundel.

He knows this county and its school system as well as anyone.

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