Alaeze still trying to join Terps

College Football

March 22, 2006|By HEATHER A. DINICH

Former Randallstown standout Melvin Alaeze is still trying to meet NCAA academic standards so he can join Maryland's football team this summer, his former high school coach said yesterday.

Alaeze, an All-Metro defensive end who attended prep school at Hargrave Military Academy, will retake the SAT next month, but that score might become less significant if the NCAA clearinghouse determines his grade point average to be higher than the initial paperwork indicated.

Albert Howard, Alaeze's coach at Randallstown, said there was a discrepancy between the grading systems at Calvert Hall and Randallstown. Alaeze attended both schools.

The NCAA uses a sliding scale, so the higher a student's GPA, the lower his SAT score can be. The minimum GPA the NCAA allows is 2.0, but that would require a score of 1,010 on the SAT. At the other end of the scale, a student can have a GPA of 3.550 and above, and need a score of just 400 on the SAT.

Still, meeting NCAA requirements does not guarantee admission to Maryland.

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