Unheralded Roundtree commits to Terps Lansdowne defensive end shows potential, gets offer

December 02, 1997|By Paul McMullen | Paul McMullen,SUN STAFF

Durrand Roundtree didn't get much notice at Lansdowne High, but Maryland was impressed enough by his potential to offer him a football scholarship. A 6-foot-3, 230-pound defensive end, Roundtree has committed to play for the Terps, even though he's waiting for a standardized test score that would give him freshman eligibility.

Lansdowne doesn't have much of a reputation of producing major-college prospects, but the Vikings have been respectable since Frank Meehan took over as coach last year. Roundtree was a two-way player who helped Lansdowne win six games in 1996, and five this year.

"Durrand played end and fullback for us," Meehan said. "The Maryland coaches see him growing, and they expect him to be 6-4 and 255 or 260. He's got the frame for it. He's huge, and he can run. They're recruiting the athlete, and see where he pans out."

Roundtree ran for five touchdowns and turned passes into three more. Defensively, he had eight quarterback sacks and 35 tackles, as he made the Baltimore County coaches' all-star team.

He played as a freshman at Baltimore City's Northwestern High, but sat out 1995 when he transferred to Southwestern after the start of the season.

"I'm very excited," Roundtree said.

Roundtree, who has been on Lansdowne's basketball and track and field teams, also was being recruited by West Virginia of the Big East Conference and Delaware, which is in the Division I-AA quarterfinals.

Pub Date: 12/02/97

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