A lot of college football scouts have looked at Darius Jennings over the past year, and now he's scouting their programs.

The summer before his senior year means more college visits for the highly recruited Gilman quarterback, rated the No. 2 player in Maryland by Rivals.com. A first-team All-Metro selection who can play many positions, Jennings has been to such schools as Maryland, Rutgers, Iowa, Wake Forest and Georgia Tech, with trips planned to Ohio State and Virginia Tech, among others.


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He's looking for a program where he won't have to wait long to play, as well as a school where he can get an education to carry him beyond his football years. Jennings also will be in the Gilman weight room and will play a few seven-on-seven tournaments. A family trip to a Virginia resort will give him a break, but not for long.

"It's always nice to relax," Jennings said, "but this is a big part of my life, which college I choose to go to, so I'm just taking it all in. I'm thankful to have the opportunity."

Maura Linde, Century



Cross country, indoor track, track and field



Maura Linde will be on the run this summer. One of the area's premier distance runners since her freshman year at Century, she is working hard to be even better in her senior year.

An eight-time individual state champion and an eight-time All-Metro first-team selection, Linde is no slave to mileage, aiming to run about 45 minutes a day with a couple of longer runs each week. She will also spend time in the weight room, cross-train with swimming and biking, and go to a couple of running camps.

"I'm always trying to make myself stronger, more fit all the way around. I always have room for improvement, so summer's a really good time to work on that. I really want to improve form and get in the weight room a lot and just try to stay healthy," said Linde, who was The Baltimore Sun's 2010 Performer of the Year in indoor track and in track and field.

Linde also will fit in a few college visits, mostly up north, where she has already visited Princeton, she said, after making a swing through North Carolina that included Duke and Wake Forest.

Beth Mahr, Westminster



Soccer and basketball



On the soccer field, Mahr, set to be a senior in the fall, has played center midfield, stopper back and left wing. In basketball, she has played both forward spots but also has helped bring the ball upcourt.

She says she's happy to be able to play so many positions, adding: "Whatever helps the team."

Spoken like a true leader.