Dunbar's Williams commits to Maryland All-Metro linebacker transferred from school in Florida last winter

December 25, 1997|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Kirk Williams, an All-Metro linebacker from Dunbar, has committed orally to a football scholarship offered by Maryland, Dunbar coach Stanley Mitchell said yesterday.

Williams (6 feet 1, 240 pounds) helped the Poets to their fifth straight playoff appearance in as many years of participation in the state tournament, and their third state title game.

Williams, who has run a 4.6-second 40-yard dash and can bench-press nearly 400 pounds, finished with 173 tackles, 10 sacks, five interceptions and five fumble recoveries for the Poets, who were runners-up to Fort Hill for the Class 2A state title.

Williams could not be reached for comment yesterday. NCAA policy forbids Terps coaches from discussing recruits.

"He made one visit and [Terps assistant coach] Rubin Carter did an outstanding job of recruiting Kirk. I think he was sold on Maryland," said Mitchell, who has had two other players -- redshirt freshman linebacker Tommy Polley (Florida State) and true freshman running back Ali Culpepper (Syracuse) -- go to big-time programs.

Williams, whose parents are both deceased, transferred to Dunbar from Florida after the death of his father in January and lives with his cousin, Morgan State coach Stump Mitchell.

Williams was All-State and conference Defensive Player of the Year in Jacksonville, Fla., where he was contacted by schools such as Notre Dame.

"There were a lot of schools down south that were recruiting him, but he's made a lot of friends here and I guess he changed his mind," Mitchell said. "Dunbar's provided him with everything he needs; the rest is up to him. But he's worked real hard, knows what he wants out of life, and he's made meeting the standards [for NCAA freshman eligibility] his No. 1 goal."

Mitchell said two-time All-Metro wide receiver-defensive back Dahnel Singfield, who has met the NCAA's requirements for freshman eligibility with a B average and a 930 SAT score, is considering Villanova, Buffalo, Hofstra and other schools.

Pub Date: 12/25/97

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