Howard picks Harvard over Navy, Terps Snowstorm ices decision for Oakland Mills star

February 08, 1996|By Rick Belz and Lem Satterfield | Rick Belz and Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF Sun staff writer Roch Eric Kubatko contributed to this article.

Oakland Mills football player Brian Howard turned a snowstorm into an avalanche of educational opportunities during a college visit to Harvard University last month.

The All-Metro linebacker, "got stranded there during the blizzard, so he got to spend a lot of time there going to classes and meeting people," said his father, Robert Howard.

So the 6-foot-1, 220-pound All-Metro linebacker, who also played running back for the Scorpions, has chosen Harvard over Navy. He turned down full scholarship offers from Maryland, William and Mary and Stanford.

"We got a real good financial package, and it was the school he liked the most," said Robert Howard.

Oakland Mills coach Ken Hovet said Howard has the speed (a 4.6-second 40-yard --) and power (a 375-pound bench press) to play at a big-time, high-exposure program, but chose Harvard for its academic commitment. Howard has a 3.84 grade-point average and a 1,360 SAT score.

"At Harvard, they've shown that they have a real responsibility toward making sure he has a pleasant experience," Hovet said. "He's an outstanding young man whom I'm sure will be very successful at Harvard."

Bowie State, which announced commitments from 10 players Tuesday, added three more yesterday. They are: V. J. Impallaria, an All-Anne Arundel County place-kicker from North County; Reginald Tinson, a wide receiver from Wilson High in Washington; and Kareem Perrin, a tight end from Johns Bartaram High in Philadelphia.

Impallaria (5-7, 160) didn't miss an extra-point kick in 25 attempts (47-for-55 in two years) and kicked two field goals (29 and 35 yards) in three attempts.

Severna Park's All-Anne Arundel County running back Jihad Morris (6-1, 190) signed yesterday with Marshall University. Morris averaged 5.9 yards per carry, rushing for 1,226 yards -- second in the county -- and a team-high nine touchdowns.

And in soccer, Brown University will get Centennial's second-team All-Metro defenseman Kumi Walker.

Walker, a three-year starter for the Eagles, was a significant member of two straight unbeaten, state championship campaigns.

Walker helped anchor Centennial's squads to 23 shutouts over the last 34 games. "A great marking back who can also attack," according to Centennial coach Bill Stara. Walker will join 1995 Centennial graduate and All-Metro stopper Doug Ulman.

Penn's soccer team will get Glenelg midfielder Reg Brown.

Howard soccer player Megan Boehm signed with Virginia.

Maryland's up-and-coming volleyball program should get a boost from Mount Hebron's 6-2, middle blocker Kate Hannas, who signed yesterday. Maryland finished third in the ACC last season and advanced to the league championship game.

"We are really excited about Kate. She is a great local talent and has the potential to become a huge impact player at Maryland and in the ACC," said Terps coach Janice Kruger, whose squad went 22-10 last year and earned its second NCAA playoff berth.

UMBC's volleyball program got an oral commitment from Joanne Marshall of Northern-Calvert, a 5-foot-10 hitter who helped the Patriots to their second consecutive 4A state championship. She also had been recruited by Penn State, North Carolina State and Southeastern Louisiana.

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