Buffalo QB commits to Maryland Campbell also was sought by Notre Dame, Syracuse

January 31, 1996|By Paul McMullen | Paul McMullen,SUN STAFF

Maryland improved its depth at quarterback yesterday when Malik Campbell, one of the top quarterback prospects in New York, announced he would play for the Terps.

The letter of intent signing period begins Feb. 7, and Campbell became the 17th high school pupil, but the first quarterback, to commit to Maryland.

Campbell, 6 feet 3 and 190 pounds, starred at Buffalo's Turner/Carroll High, rushing for 1,415 yards and 19 touchdowns LTC and passing for 464 yards and four touchdowns.

"Other schools were looking at me as an athlete, someone who could play anywhere," Campbell told the Buffalo News. "Some schools said I could play quarterback, but it would be a while before I got the chance. At Maryland, I have the opportunity to play quarterback much sooner."

Notre Dame and Syracuse also were recruiting Campbell, but the Fighting Irish have a habit of attracting some of the nation's best prospects, and the Orangemen have the top-rated freshman quarterback in Division I-A history, Donovan McNabb.

Campbell expects to redshirt next season. Brian Cummings, Maryland's starter in six games last season, has two seasons of eligibility remaining. The Terps' other scholarship quarterbacks are true freshmen, Trey Evans and Ken Mastrole.

Campbell said the Maryland coaches told him he could try out for the basketball team as a walk-on if he were on solid ground academically. He averaged 21 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists as a junior. Campbell still has to meet the NCAA's academic standards for freshman eligibility.

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