Sabelhaus to attend Terps game After watching opener, he'll visit Pac-10 school, possibly Northwestern

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

Bobby Sabelhaus, the Parade All-America quarterback who's in search of a Division I-A team, will watch Maryland season's opener tonight, visit an unspecified Pac-10 program early next week and possibly take a recruiting visit to Big Ten champion Northwestern.

Sabelhaus, a 1995 graduate of McDonogh School who holds the state career passing records for yards and touchdowns, received his release from Florida last week. If he wants to play for another Division I-A program in 1997, he must be enrolled there for the fall semester, and sit out this season.

On Wednesday, his father faxed a letter inquiring about interest in him to Colorado, Ohio State and Maryland. The Buffaloes and Buckeyes replied that they were happy with their situations at quarterback, and Sabelhaus' father said he missed connecting with Maryland coach Mark Duffner several times yesterday.

"He tried to call twice, but we missed him both times," Robert Sabelhaus said. "He's busier between now and tomorrow [tonight] at 7 than we are, but we hope to talk to him sometime this weekend. We're still not sure if Maryland is interested, but we need to know one way or the other pretty soon."

Maryland has three quarterbacks on scholarship: starter Brian Cummings, who's a junior, and redshirt freshmen Ken Mastrole and Trey Evans.

Malik Campbell of Buffalo, N.Y., the only quarterback signed by Maryland this year, has not been cleared by the NCAA to play or practice this season due to questions about his high school transcript. He may attend a junior college, instead.

Sabelhaus toured the College Park campus on his own Tuesday.

"I'm trying to arrange an official visit there, but I drove down just to walk around on my own," Sabelhaus said. "I went to the admissions office to see about transferring. I went to the Sigma Chi fraternity. I'm a member. I went to the practice field to see what it looked like, but I didn't stop at the football house. I don't want to force myself on them."

Sabelhaus said he planned to attend the Terps' season opener tonight against Northern Illinois.

He has already received an invitation to visit a Pac-10 program, which asked that it not be identified. Sabelhaus will fly to the West Coast on Monday night, watch that team practice and return Wednesday morning. He will possibly visit Northwestern, the defending Big Ten champ, later next week.

Coaches will be inquiring about what went wrong at Florida, where Sabelhaus dropped to No. 4 in spring practice amid complaints he had trouble learning the Gators' "Fun 'n Gun" offense.

Pub Date: 8/31/96

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