Maryland gets 7 early commitments

November 22, 1997|By Paul McMullen

Ron Vanderlinden's second recruiting effort has already netted commitments from seven players, with the early emphasis being on receivers and secondary players, two areas where Maryland needs immediate help.

The Terps expect to get three players from Anacostia High in Washington: wide receiver Jay Chapman, defensive back Tyrone Stewart and linebacker Bobby Addison. Stewart's father, Willie, is the coach at Anacostia, the same program that this year sent the Terps two-way prospect Eric James.

Anthony "Gumby" Williams is regarded as one of the top players in Montgomery County. He was a quarterback and safety for Richard Montgomery, but will probably play receiver at Maryland.

Maurice Shaw is the only two-way player at Suitland, which has advanced to the state 4A semifinals. He has 32 catches for 705 yards and 10 touchdowns as a receiver, and three interceptions as a cornerback. It's the same program that delivered tailback LaMont Jordan, the most productive freshman back in Terps history.

DeMatha cornerback Tony Okanwalon helped the Stags to a championship game last night. He's also been a member of the school's accomplished 400-meter relay team. Tight end/linebacker Todd Wike of Lebanon, Pa., became the first player to commit to the Terps, doing so in August.

Football players can't sign national letters of intent until February.

Pub Date: 11/22/97

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