Terps running back recruit drafted in 1st round by Royals Game with W. Virginia is moved to Sept. 28

June 05, 1996|By Paul McMullen | Paul McMullen,SUN STAFF

The Kansas City Royals may have done it again to Maryland's football recruiting efforts.

Twenty-two years ago, the Royals snatched away one of the Terps' top incoming prospects when they took Willie Wilson with the 18th pick in the draft.

Yesterday, the Royals used the 14th pick to select Dermal Brown, an outfielder from Newburgh, N.Y., who signed a football letter of intent with Maryland last February. Brown, the second high school outfielder selected, has talked of commanding a $650,000 signing bonus, which surely would preclude his playing college football.

"I'm still trying to be optimistic," coach Mark Duffner said. "We checked in with Dermal this afternoon [yesterday], and he still hadn't talked to anyone from the Royals yet."

Brown, a running back, was one of 23 players to sign with Maryland last winter, and if he doesn't go to College Park, Duffner would have three scholarships to work with.

Al Hawkins, a quarterback from Elizabeth, N.J., made an oral commitment to Maryland in February, but he's also a premier pitching prospect and was expected to be taken in the baseball draft.

Malik Campbell of Buffalo N.Y., was the only quarterback the Terps signed, but he needs to settle his academic situation. With the status of Hawkins and Campbell in doubt, Maryland could offer a scholarship to Pat Cilento, who quarterbacked Sherwood High to the state Class 4A title last year.

The Terps' 1996 schedule, meanwhile, underwent a change, when West Virginia moved its home game against Maryland back two days to Sept. 28.

When it was originally scheduled as a Thursday night game on ESPN, both teams were to be playing on four days' rest. The Atlantic Coast Conference revised its schedule, however, giving Maryland a open date on the preceding weekend, and the Mountaineers wanted the same preparation.

Pub Date: 6/05/96

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