Terps may land quarterback recruit after all

June 06, 1996|By Paul McMullen | Paul McMullen,SUN STAFF

The chance that Al Hawkins will one day quarterback Maryland's football team increased late Tuesday, when he was taken in the 15th round of baseball's free agent draft by the Milwaukee Brewers.

Hawkins, a three-sport standout for Elizabeth (N.J.) High, made an oral commitment to play football for Maryland last February. He had been touted as one of the nation's best prep pitching prospects, but Hawkins' stock fell this spring, and he may take a football scholarship over the signing bonus that a small-market team would award a 15th-round draft pick.

"There was a certain price put on Al and a college scholarship as leverage, which scared a lot of teams off," said Jerry Moore, the football coach at Elizabeth High. "Al is disappointed, but to me, it's the best thing that could have happened to him. We're going to take an official visit to Maryland in two weeks, but the way it looks right now, that's where he'll be going."

Hawkins, 6 feet 3 and 215 pounds, completed 79 of 120 passes last fall for 1,363 yards and 22 touchdowns. He scored 980 on the Scholastic Assessment Test, but needs to do well on his last semester grades to reach the NCAA core course requirements for four years of eligibility.

Maryland coach Mark Duffner, meanwhile, has little hope that another of his recruits will ever play for the Terps. Dermal Brown, a running back/outfielder from Newburgh, N.Y., has been offered a seven-figure contract by the Kansas City Royals, who took him with the 14th pick overall.

"Dermal's father said that the Royals offered a million dollars, plus guaranteed tuition to college," said Walt Samselski, Brown's coach at Marlboro Central High. "They turned down that opening offer, but it's still on the table. I can't see him going to Maryland."

Pub Date: 6/06/96

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