Suter measures up big for Terps

North Carroll senior, Hereford's Feldheim to sign for Maryland scholarships

February 01, 2000|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

Steve Suter stunned scouts last May at the University of Maryland's junior combine, running a 4.35-second 40-yard dash and clearing 34 inches with his vertical leap, both efforts being the best among some 400 participants.

A month later, the North Carroll senior "thought my father was joking" about a full scholarship offer from Maryland football coach Ron Vanderlinden.

Suter's oral commitment to that offer surprised others who doubted the Terps would take a 5-foot-11, 185-pounder from a county not known for its football.

"People said I was too small, couldn't be that fast, couldn't jump that high," Suter said. "It's not me to run my mouth, but I wanted to prove I was for real."

Tomorrow, the first day of the early signing period for football and some other sports, Suter may be the most versatile of the four local players known to be signing for full football scholarships at Maryland.

Also signing with the Terps: All-Metro defensive lineman C.J. Feldheim of Hereford, All-Metro wide receiver Rob Abiamiri of Mount St. Joseph and Calvert Hall lineman Lou Lombardo.

Suter and Kent State-bound All-Metro offensive lineman Mike Jenkins of South Carroll are believed to be Carroll County's first Division I football signees in over a decade.

"Coach Vanderlinden stopped by North Carroll last Thursday. He listed the recruits, by position," said Suter, a 3.7 student with a 1,060 SAT score. "With me, he was like, `We have you at wide receiver, slash, tailback, slash, slot receiver, slash, kick returner.' "

Suter was the bright spot in North Carroll's 2-8 season, finishing as the state's eighth-best rusher with 1,748 yards and 19 touchdowns to go with 277 receiving yards and two more scores. Suter, who has 10 career interceptions, also played linebacker.

All this, despite getting little blocking, and playing through injuries such as a sprained left ankle suffered in the third game of the season, and a slight separation in his right shoulder.

"You always heard it from kids on the other teams: You ain't this, or you ain't that," said Suter. "I never talked trash. But when I broke tackles or ran by them, I felt all the better."

Feldheim is one of four Baltimore County players who will be signing early, being joined by Western Tech's All-Metro wide receiver Joe Cromwell, who is headed for James Madison, and Virginia Tech-bound All-Metros Richard Johnson of Milford Mill and Vince Fuller of Woodlawn.

"Two players are going to the No. 2 program in the nation, the other two [Feldheim and Cromwell] are their school's first Division I players," said county athletic director Ron Belinko. "That's sort of a milestone for our county."

Penn State will sign All-Metro defensive back-running back Gerald Smith of Howard and All-Metro linebacker T.C. Cosby of McDonogh.

Severn's second-team All-Metro linemen Joe Salsich is bound for Wake Forest, and Poly tight end Cory Weathers will join Cromwell at JMU. Salsich received the Al Laramore Award, designating him as Anne Arundel County's top lineman.

All-Metro girls soccer Player of the Year Jen Biscoe, who led the John Carroll Patriots to the No. 1 ranking and the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Division title, will sign with Maryland.

Four Howard County girls soccer players have earned Division I scholarships.

Repeat All-Metros Katie Elliott of Mount Hebron and Natalie Klisas of River Hill will play at Loyola and Towson, respectively. The two defensive players were co-Howard County Players of the Year.

Second-team All-Metro forward Julie Broden of Mount Hebron will play at Duquesne, and defender Amy Rappaport of Howard at Virginia Tech.

All-Metro midfielder Mandy Komar of Westminster, whose 14 goals and 11 assists led the Owls to their first Class 4A state title, will sign with Arkansas. All-Metro Holly Noga of Severna Park, Anne Arundel County's two-time soccer Player of the Year, is headed for Towson.

Notre Dame Prep striker Megan Schwartz, a second-team All-Metro pick who led the team to a No. 7 area ranking with 17 goals and three assists, will sign with Mount St. Mary's. Franklin soccer goalie Candice Doten will play at Coastal Carolina in its first Division I season.

All-Metro field hockey players Courtney Thornton of St. Mary's and Erin Shaklee of Severna Park will sign with national champion Maryland and Delaware, respectively. They were Anne Arundel County co-Players of the Year.

St. Paul's All-Metro forward Jenny Landsman, whose 14 goals and nine assists led the seventh-ranked Gators to the IAAM A Division final, will play field hockey at Virginia.

Volleyball All-Metro Player of the Year Shannon Patrick of River Hill will sign with the University of Wyoming. Patrick led the Howard County champs to the Class 3A state final.

Several area athletes applied for early decision and were accepted to Ivy League schools, which do not offer athletic scholarships. Among them are Harvard-bound All-Metro linebacker Jon Berrier and Harvard-bound defensive back Robert Steele, both of St. Paul's, and Yale-bound McDonogh running back Pat Bydume.

Also Harvard-bound is two-time All-Metro field hockey player Jen Ahn, who earned All-Metro Player of the Year honors for leading No. 1 Bryn Mawr to a 23-1 record and the IAAM A title.

In Division III football, Westminster's Jordan Blevins will sign with Bridgewater College. Junior college power Lackawanna (Pa.) will welcome Annapolis' two-time All-Metro running back Rayvon Johnson.

Sun staff writers Rick Belz, Katherine Dunn, Glenn P. Graham, Edward Lee, Pat O'Malley, Stan Rappaport and Lem Satterfield contributed to this article.

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