COLLEGE PARK -- Maryland recruiting coordinator Jim Miceli will most likely be checking in at Eleanor Roosevelt High later this year to see if that Prince George's County school has any prospects at wide receiver. Similar calls have paid off for the Terps the past three winters.
The Terps' top freshman receiver in 1992 was Jermaine Lewis, whose 82 catches in 15 games over the past two seasons have him just 52 behind the school's career record. Mancel Johnson was a freshman last year, and he caught 18 passes for 339 yards, 18.8 yards per catch. This year, one of the Terps' top freshman pass-catching prospects is Duan Jones.
Lewis, Johnson and Jones all starred at Roosevelt. What's more, they were all superb sprinters. In 1992, Roosevelt finished second in the 400 relay at the Penn Relays, with Johnson running the second leg, Jones the third and national 100 champion Lewis anchoring.
In May, Jones won the 100, 200 and long jump at the state 4A championships.
Coach Mark Duffner released a depth chart for the first time yesterday, and, as expected, Lewis and Johnson are listed as the starting wide-outs in the Terps' four-receiver offense. Jones is third at one slot position.
Kendrick Walton, a top recruit out of Dallas, is listed higher than any of the Terps' other 19 scholarship freshmen. He's second, behind Johnson, at the left wide-out spot.
Defense settling down
A year ago, when Maryland set an NCAA record for yards allowed, eight of its top 12 tacklers were in their first year in the program. There will be no such turnover in 1994.
The depth chart lists four returning starters: sophomores Johnnie Hicks (nose tackle), Ratcliff Thomas (inside linebacker) and A. J. Johnson (left cornerback), and junior Mike Gillespie (left end). For the moment, five other returning starters are listed as competing for jobs that have yet to be won.
Mike Settles is up against Cleveland Everhart at outside linebacker; Erick Wood is trying to hold off Tim Brown at inside linebacker; Angel Guerra is being challenged by Jermaine Stewart at strong safety; free safety Lamont Gore is competing against Wade Inge; and converted safety Raphael Wall is going against Darrick Rather at right cornerback.
Sophomore Aaron Henne, who inherited the tackle spot that became open when Sharrod Mack was dismissed from the team, appears ready for the task, since he has grown to 6 feet 5, 275 pounds.
The other end position is topped by redshirt sophomore Al Wallace.
Spotlight spills over
NFL scouts figure to be monitoring the play of left tackle Steve Ingram, a Playboy preseason All-American who was eligible for the draft last April but decided to return for his last year of eligibility. Dave Hack, another senior, hopes the scouts take the time to look on the other side of the line.
"Having Steve around is going to bring some people to our games who might not ordinarily be there," Hack said. "We all know that."
A 6-6, 285-pound right guard, Hack got some notice with a solid junior season.