Mt. St. Joe's Sunderland, City trio choose colleges

Dave Sunderland wasn't sure which sport he would play in college -- football, wrestling or lacrosse.

But after signing yesterday to play football with Lehigh University, the 6-foot-4, 245-pound Mount St. Joseph senior plans to finish this wrestling season and isn't sure he'll play lacrosse this spring.


"Right now, I don't know about lacrosse. It just feels good that this is all over," said Sunderland, a first-team All-Metro defensive lineman who took advantage of the early signing period along with at least five others from Baltimore County, Baltimore City and Harford County.

"The coaches said they'd like to see me get in the weight room and get my quickness up," said the defending Maryland Scholastic Association wrestling champion. "Right now, I'm just worrying about finishing up with wrestling."


Also signing were three players from top-ranked, two-time Maryland Scholastic Association champion City: Terrence Suber (Wake Forest), The Baltimore Sun's 1992 Player of the Year, and teammates Shawn Scott and Antonio Travers, both of whom will attend Morgan State.

"I've never had three players sign this early before," said City coach George Petrides, whose Knights went 20-0 over two seasons. "I feel great about it and I'm really happy for them. They've all worked hard and they deserve it."

Morgan also will get a couple of second-team, All-Baltimore County/City performers in Poly defensive back Khary Tucker (5-10, 165) and Woodlawn offensive lineman Kamar Brooks (6-0, 220).

James Madison has signed first-team All-Harford County running back Chris Gill of county champion C. Milton Wright. His first-team All-Metro teammate, Brad Fordyce, remained unsigned.

"He [Gill] was pleased with the situation," said coach Steve Harward of the 6-1, 195-pounder who rushed for nearly 3,000 yards in three seasons.

Gill used his 4.4-second speed in the 40 to gain more than 1,000 yards and score 13 touchdowns last season for the Mustangs, whose only loss was to Linganore in the 3A state semifinals.

Harward said the 6-0, 205-pound Fordyce, the county's Most Valuable Player as a wide receiver/linebacker, is leaning toward Division II Springfield (Mass.) College.

"He wants to major in physical education and they have a good program for that," said Harward.


Sunderland, whose grade-point average is 3.5, said he was sold on Lehigh's academic reputation, as well as an improved football program.

"It's got a very good name academically, and they've been doing good in football," said Sunderland, who had 87 tackles (48 solo) and 10 sacks for the Gaels.

Sunderland turned down offers from Gettysburg, Franklin & Marshall, Hobart and Ohio Wesleyan -- all schools where he "could have played either football and wrestling or football and lacrosse."

Using his 4.4 speed at quarterback, Suber accounted for 3,015 yards in the Knights' offense in two seasons, passing for 1,971 yards and 19 touchdowns.

But the 6-0, 180-pounder turned down offers from Duke, Syracuse and North Carolina to play wide receiver for the tTC Atlantic Coast Conference's Demon Deacons.

When Suber went with the option or quick pitch, Scott (6-2, 255) was adept at pulling and has excellent blocking technique.


Travers (6-1, 230) was the Knights' leading tackler with 60, including 29 solo, and rushed for a team-leading 719 yards and six touchdowns.