McDonogh's Lott finds his direction in Northeastern

All-Metro defensive back will top off big year today by signing letter of intent

High Schools

February 02, 2005|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Anthony Lott was trying to catch a break. But the one the McDonogh football player wound up catching -- a foot injury three weeks before the start of his senior season -- wasn't quite what he had in mind.

"I was doing pretty well at a combine in late July, but midway through, I fractured a bone in my right foot. I had to sit out of practices and miss our only scrimmage," Lott said.

"We only play a few games and we don't have playoffs at McDonogh, so I thought I'd miss half the season, not have time to prove myself to colleges and wind up at some prep school."

But Lott has turned his misfortune into joy and healing. He will celebrate today by signing a national letter of intent accepting a full football scholarship to Northeastern University in Boston.

His signing comes after recovering from his injury through a grueling regimen, excelling enough to earn Sun All-Metro honors as a defensive back.

The 6-foot-3, 195-pound player led McDonogh to a No. 5 ranking among area teams this season with 31 receptions for 580 yards and eight touchdowns offensively and three interceptions and 27 tackles defensively.

"Tony's a tremendous athlete who plays a sport in every season at McDonogh," said football coach Mike Damico. "He's a smart player, has a big body and can play at a few different positions. He's got a bright future."

Lott turned down such schools as Pittsburgh, North Carolina, Alabama, Buffalo, Marshall, Richmond, Villanova, Temple and William and Mary.

"I was more in the backup plans of other schools," Lott said. "But Northeastern recruited me with a chance to start at wide receiver and play both ways -- I'm going to run with that."

Running was something Lott couldn't do effectively for a while. Unable to "make cuts or slants" offensively, he said he played mostly a defensive role early in the season.

"The injury made me hungrier to get back out there, but I had to swim, lift weights and do other things to keep my body in shape," Lott said. "I healed fast enough to play in our first game against Severn."

In addition to his defensive play, his offensive impact was immediate: five receptions, 90 yards, one touchdown in a win.

"By the fourth game of the season, my foot had healed up 100 percent, I was playing well, and that's when college coaches started calling me left and right," said Lott, a 3.86 student with a 990 SAT score.

"Other schools wanted me `maybe as a safety' or `maybe an athlete.' I respected Northeastern coaches. They were straight with me."

Also a basketball player and standout high jumper, his athleticism showed through in football games, and Gilman defensive coordinator Stan White found Lott to be virtually unstoppable.

In McDonogh's season-ending, 28-24 loss to White's No. 1-ranked Greyhounds, Lott rushed for a 27-yard touchdown and had nine receptions for 87 yards and another score as McDonogh built a 21-0 lead.

"[Lott] was the most dangerous guy on their team and the No. 1 guy we had to stop," White said. "We'd put an extra linebacker or strong safety on him wherever he was lined up, but he still turned short plays into long plays, mostly because of his outstanding athletic ability."

Area signings

Below is a list of area high school seniors who plan to sign national letters of intent to NCAA Division I or Division II programs during the signing periods for football, field hockey and soccer. The signing periods begin today.

Football

Player School College

Kevin Armstrong Poly Temple

Joe Akers Hereford Connecticut

Melvin Alaeze Randallstown Maryland

Danny Bridges F.S. Key Towson

Will Callaway Reservoir Bowie State

Tony Green Randallstown Bowie State

Lonnie Harvey Edmondson Temple

Darrius Heyward-Bey McDonogh Maryland

Ben Hostetler River Hill Georgetown

Brandon Johnson Curley Del. State

Eric Johnson City College Temple

Eugene Lightfoot Long Reach Morgan State

Anthony Lott McDonogh Northeastern

Jamari McCullough Randallstown Maryland

Jeremy Navarre Joppatowne Maryland

Mike Newton Calvert Hall Buffalo

Bryan Parker Randallstown Temple

Cory Robinson Gibbons C. Conn. St.

Dane Robinson Calvert Hall Buffalo

Brady Smith Loyola Boston Col.

Glenn Williams Curley Duke

Field hockey

Liz Fries South Carroll Wake Forest

Stephanie Kisic South Carroll Towson

Laura Schnell C.M. Wright Towson

Danielle Wacker Hereford Towson

Men's soccer

Matt Beckman McDonogh Maryland

Alex Horwath McDonogh Connecticut

T.J. Jager Loch Raven Towson

Chris Jones Century Delaware

Stephen King Curley UMBC

Justin Lichtfuss McDonogh Wake Forest

Mike Marchiano McDonogh Maryland

Nino Mangione Calvert Hall Towson

Eric Shadoff Mt. Hebron Delaware

Josh Taylor Curley Loyola

Justin Turco Spalding American

Women's soccer

Rosie Goldberg Centennial Towson

Lauren Goode Friends Tulane

Meagan Holmes Dulaney Santa Clara

Katy Hudson River Hill Richmond

Rachel Layer John Carroll E. Tennessee

Ashley Myers John Carroll Penn State

Lauren Palmer Centennial Towson

Hayley Siegel Centennial Santa Clara

Brittany Tegeler McDonogh Connecticut

Jamie Zimmerman John Carroll Richmond

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