Primm mulls college helmet Football: McDonogh quarterback will definitely stick with lacrosse, but a football camp and his stats this season have him wondering what he'll be playing next fall.

October 15, 1998|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

McDonogh's Matt Primm stands 6-foot-3, weighs 210 and clocked a 4.6-second 40-yard dash at a summer quarterbacks' camp at Princeton -- one he's glad coach Dom Damico coaxed him to attend.

"It was four days after a lacrosse camp, and I was pretty beat up, so I went reluctantly. But it was a good thing I did, because I got a lot of one-on-one attention," said the ninth-ranked Eagles' third-year starting quarterback.

"The camp was mostly about drilling, but we did a couple of seven-a-side scrimmages," Primm said. "One kid there as being heavily recruited, and I was told I looked pretty good next to him."

Pretty good for a guy who is one of America's best high school lacrosse players and who will definitely choose to play that sport in college.

But choosing Division I lacrosse automatically involves playing lacrosse in the fall, said Lee Primm, Matt's father. And that has his son wondering which helmet -- lacrosse or football -- he'll be wearing next September.

"Watching college football games now on Saturday, wondering whether or not to play football," said Matt Primm, his voice trailing off. "Tough decision."

And Primm can play football.

He's 50-for-78 passing (61 percent) for 640 yards, eight touchdowns and six two-point conversions and has rushed for 150 yards and four more scores. He's not hurting academically either, armed with a 1,540 SAT score and a 4.2 weighted grade-point average.

But Primm also earned All-Metro lacrosse honors on attack last spring after leading the Eagles to a 17-2 record and the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference semifinals. By Nov. 1, he hopes to have signed to play lacrosse at Princeton, Harvard, Brown or Duke.

"Matt's pretty focused, so when he undertakes a task, he goes all out. Right now, he's pumped up for football," Lee Primm said.

"I'm no evaluator of talent," the father continued, "but people tell me Matt's a pretty good quarterback, so I suppose playing both sports isn't impossible."

Primm's record as a high school quarterback, including an 8-0 JV season, is 29-4. And you only need to watch Primm lead the Eagles (4-0, 5-0), who are defending MIAA B Conference champs, to witness his abilities.

"Matt's got the physical stature, he can run the ball, and he's not going to make mistakes," said St. Paul's coach Brian Abbott, who watched Primm rush for the game-winning score to beat his Crusaders. "He's basically what you want in a quarterback."

One week after St. Paul's, Primm's 60-yard touchdown pass to Owen Daly padded a 10-0 shutout of Archbishop Curley. And in last week's 13-0 win at Boys' Latin, Primm threw for one jTC touchdown and ran for another.

"Matt's got a nice arm, great touch," said Damico. "He's extremely intelligent, makes good decisions, changes the offense based on coverage, and generally executes the offense."

Primm's best game was in a 28-19 victory over three-time defending MIAA A Conference champ Loyola, in which the Eagles had 329 yards of total offense.

In that game, Primm was 12-for-16 passing for 206 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions.

"We knew Matt had the tools, but he was particularly poised and confident against Loyola," said defensive back-wide receiver Owen Daly.

"We have a lot of talent on the team, but we'd been lacking a leadership," Daly said. "Matt became our leader against Loyola."

Pub Date: 10/15/98

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