McCollough orally commits to Terps

Randallstown teammate Alaeze still undecided, but is leaning toward UM

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High Schools

October 12, 2004|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Randallstown's Jamari McCollough, considered the state's top defensive back recruit and rated No. 19 nationally at that position by Rivals100.com, yesterday announced his oral acceptance of a full football scholarship to the University of Maryland.

Although McCollough's teammate, Melvin Alaeze, called it "accurate" that he is leaning toward the Terps, the All-Metro defensive end said he still is considering Virginia Tech, Miami, Ohio State, Florida and Florida State.

"Being an in-state player, most people feel I should favor Maryland. I wouldn't mind making it a package deal," said Alaeze, a 6-foot-2, 275-pound defensive end who is rated the nation's No. 1 defensive end recruit by Rivals100.com and Prep Star magazine. "When I'm ready, I'll make it known.".

McCollough visited Rutgers, Connecticut, Virginia Tech and Maryland.

"I was like, `What's the point in going on my visits? What am I waiting for? I already know where I'm going,' " said McCollough, a 5-foot-11, 175-pound player who ran a 4.5-second 40-yard dash at a Penn State camp.

"Maryland and Virginia Tech were my top picks. I discussed it with my father. Maryland's close to home so my family can see me play. Maryland felt like home."

McCollough joins 2004 Randallstown graduate and former running mate Christian Varner, as well as Domonique Foxworth (Western Tech), C. J. Feldheim (Hereford), Scott Burley and Jason Goode (each from Woodlawn) and Durrand Roundtree (Lansdowne) as recent Baltimore County players to receive scholarships from the Terps.

Aberdeen keeps winning

As sixth-ranked Bel Air and 11th-ranked Joppatowne dominate headlines in Harford County, defending 2A state champ Aberdeen quietly keeps winning.

Since losing to Frederick, the Eagles (5-1) have won four straight, including a 3-0 league record entering Thursday's Susquehanna Division game of the Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference against unbeaten Rising Sun.

Fifth-year coach Joe Harbert relies on the leadership of veteran defensive backs DeVron Galloway (a second-team All-Metro pick last season), Jamaal McDonald, Avery Willie and Don Jacobs, each of whom plays either receiver or running back, offensively.

Center Brian Leftridge anchors the offensive line, quarterback Anthony Hill has rushed and passed for eight touchdowns, and nose guard Cameron Stokes has six sacks.

Under the radar

While unbeaten Glenelg, River Hill and Long Reach have received the most attention in Howard County, Mount Hebron is quietly making its case.

The Vikings are 6-0 (5-0 league) for the first time since 1982, when a team featuring present coach Larry Luthe was Class C (now 1A) state runner-up.

The Vikings returned eight starters from a team that won seven of its last nine games to reach the 3A state playoffs - their first postseason since 1982.

"We've been operating under the radar. We haven't played the big games yet," said Luthe, whose Vikings meet Oakland Mills on Thursday, and No. 12 Glenelg, No. 13 River Hill and Long Reach over the last three weeks.

Junior running back Chris Eccleston has scored six times, and senior quarterback Kyle Barnett, who threw for 15 scores last season, has adjusted to a run-oriented offense.

Mission for Poets

No. 8 Dunbar can avenge its only Baltimore City Division I loss last season when it plays defending league champ Poly on Thursday.

The visiting Engineers (5-1, 4-1), 14-0 winners last year, have won four straight league games since losing, 28-20, to a Patterson team the Poets routed, 34-8. The Poets (5-1, 5-0) are in search of their sixth straight league win, having averaged 42 points since a season-opening 28-14 loss to No. 3 Gilman.

Fast track

Hereford's 10th-year coach Steve Turnbaugh earned career win No. 100 faster than any coach in Maryland history , 37-0, over Eastern Tech on Oct. 2. He is 101-13 with three state titles.

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