Sabelhaus to take his arm to Florida

January 04, 1995|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Sun Staff Writer

Two-time All-Metro quarterback Bobby Sabelhaus of McDonogh School called a press conference today to announce his acceptance of a football scholarship to the University of Florida, a source close to the family confirmed.

Sabelhaus said he will sign officially on Feb. 8, the first day of the NCAA seven-day early signing period for football players. The 6-foot-6, 225-pound Sabelhaus, who was The Baltimore Sun's 1994 All-Metro Offensive Player of the Year, has already notified the other programs in the running for his services -- Duke, Boston College and Michigan -- that he will be playing for Florida coach Steve Spurrier, the source said.

Sabelhaus made his decision while on vacation last week. Under pressure from the other programs and the news media from their areas, he decided to call the press conference for today after notifying the other schools last night.

Spurrier's hands-on approach to tutoring his quarterbacks, in addition to the fact that the coach directs his own offense, gave Florida an edge, the source said.

Sabelhaus, the area's most highly recruited player in decades, was rated the No. 1 quarterback in the nation during the preseason by SuperPrep Magazine and recently was named Maryland's Player of the Year by Gatorade's Circle of Champions.

In just three varsity seasons, Sabelhaus set state passing records for career yardage (5,826) and completions (338). He had 49 career touchdowns, including 16 this season while passing for a single-season personal best of 1,993 yards at a 67.9 percent completion rate.

McDonogh had gone 2-8 before Sabelhaus entered the lineup. The following seasons, the Eagles went 7-3, then 9-0 for the Maryland Scholastic Association crown, and 6-3. The Eagles were the area's No. 2-ranked team during their unbeaten season in 1993.

Sabelhaus is presently playing basketball for McDonogh, but will likely forgo playing baseball this spring.

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