Terps hopeful tailback Brown ready to commit over Royals N.Y. prep star rejected near-$1-million contract

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

HOT SPRINGS, Va. -- Dermal Brown may wind up in a Maryland football uniform after all.

Brown was among the 20 high school seniors who signed letters of intent with the Terps last February. But the tailback from Newburgh, N.Y., also was one of the nation's top-rated prep outfielders, and Maryland figured it would never see him after the Kansas City Royals used their 14th selection on Brown in the June free-agent draft.

But small-market economics and Brown's patience have worked Maryland's favor thus far. Brown has turned down a Royals offer worth nearly $1 million and, barring some last-minute sweetening by the team, he plans to report to camp next Monday, along with the other Maryland freshmen.

"As of right now, Dermal's a Terp," Maryland coach Mark Duffner said. "You never know what will happen in these last few days, but the further we've gotten from the June draft, the better I've felt about our chances of getting him.

"He attended our freshman orientation last week. His intention is to play football and baseball for us. If he shows up, it would be another three years before he could be drafted again, and his intention is to stay with us that long."

There was one other questionable prospect in Maryland's incoming class, but Malik Campbell, a quarterback from Buffalo, N.Y., recently got the necessary score for freshman eligibility on a national standardized test.

Campbell's high school transcript and test scores haven't been reviewed by the NCAA's eligibility clearinghouse, so he has yet to be approved to practice.

Campbell is the only quarterback in this recruiting class.

Scott in spotlight

Maryland returns 17 starters from a team that shared fifth place in the Atlantic Coast Conference last year, but the media attending the ACC Kickoff here voted the Terps to finish sixth this season.

Following the departure of Scott Milanovich and Jermaine Lewis, the Terps aren't exactly awash in high-profile players. Each ACC team brought a player here, and while Florida State's Warrick Dunn and Virginia's Tiki Barber are Heisman Trophy candidates, Chad Scott arrived at Maryland 18 months ago as a walk-on.

"That's pretty satisfying, sitting in this room with guys like that," Scott said. "It gives me motivation, knowing where I came from."

Scott transferred from Towson State, earned a scholarship in spring 1995 and established himself as one of the ACC's hardest-hitting cornerbacks last year. He's one of Maryland's four captains.

Lacrosse in Atlanta?

Baltimore native Gene Corrigan made his final State of the ACC address yesterday, and the plans for his final year as commissioner before he retires include a Spring Festival next April in Atlanta.

ACC coaches across the board have approved the concept, which would take all the spring championships, with the exception of baseball, to one city.

The men's lacrosse tournament next year is supposed to be played at Virginia, but if the plan is approved, it would be moved to Morris Brown University, which has a 15,000-seat stadium, or to Clark University, an Olympic field hockey venue.

Georgia Tech, meanwhile, fled its home during the Olympics. Coach George O'Leary moved his office, staff and players 70 miles north to North Georgia College.


One-time Baltimore Colts quarterback Earl Morrall is here as chairman of the Carquest Bowl, the game that Maryland lost a berth in when it lost five of its final seven games last year.

ACC predictions

Predicted finish in Atlantic Coast Conference, as voted by the media (first-place votes in parentheses):

Rank, school .. .. .. .. ..Points

1. Florida State (51) .. .. ..467

2. Virginia (1) .. .. .. .. ..390

Clemson .. .. .. .. .. .. .325

4. North Carolina .. .. .. ...313

5. Georgia Tech .. .. .. .. ..295

Maryland .. .. .. .. .. ...215

North Carolina State .. ...156

8. Duke .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .113

9. Wake Forest .. .. .. .. .. .66

Pub Date: 7/31/96

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