Western Tech's Cromwell commits to James Madison

January 22, 2000|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,FROM STAFF REPORTS

All-Metro wide receiver Joe Cromwell, Western Tech's first Division I football recruit, orally committed on Thursday to accept a full football scholarship to James Madison University.

The 6-foot-2, 170-pound Cromwell, with 4.3-second speed in the 40-yard dash, was attractive to colleges that included Virginia Tech, Kent State, Temple, Richmond and Rhode Island -- all of which offered full scholarships.

"The coaching staff really seemed to be able to relate to me," said Cromwell, 17. "Every time I spoke to them, they emphasized my education and graduating -- that's first -- and that my football skills will develop."

Western Tech, a 7-year-old Catonsville-area school, has had varsity football for only five seasons.

Cromwell, who is projected to be a full qualifier, caught 28 passes for 662 yards and 10 touchdowns. Over his three-year varsity career, Cromwell had 83 receptions for 1,595 yards and 18 scores.

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