Hammond DB Spruill picks UVA

Two-time Baltimore Sun All-Metro defensive back Tim Spruill of Hammond will attend the University of Virginia on a full football scholarship next fall.

Spruill, one of the most highly recruited county players ever, said he had eight other scholarship offers.


"Virginia was what I was looking for," Spruill said. "It has the best academic facilities and its athletic program is on the rise. Three of its four defensive backs are graduating, so I'll have the best opportunity to play there next season."

Spruill said that other schools that made him offers were Florida, Syracuse, Oklahoma, Maryland, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Boston College and Rutgers.


"The Virginia coaches were honest with me, and I jelled with the players," Spruill said of a December visit. "It seemed like a family."

Spruill said he is pegged as a cornerback and will return kicks and punts.

"Timmy was the most highly recruited player we've ever had at Hammond, and the most exciting player we ever had," Hammond coach Joe Russo said. "He lived up to his 'Instant Offense' nickname."

Spruill was The Sun's Howard County Offensive Player of the Year last season.

Even though the 5-foot-10, 170-pounder was targeted by every defense after a junior season in which he surpassed 1,000 yards rushing and 1,000 yards passing, he still managed 886 yards rushing for 12 touchdowns and completed 45 of 105 passes for 730 yards and eight touchdowns.

As a defensive back he made four interceptions and had only three passes completed against him.

His 4.45 speed and his 36-inch vertical leap set the four-year varsity starter apart from most players.

Spruill was named to postseason All-American teams by USA Today and Super Prep Magazine.


He expects to major in education with an eye on teaching and coaching.

Storr new Wildecats coach

Don Storr, 31, who played two seasons for the Newark Orioles in the New York-Penn League, is the new Wilde Lake baseball coach.

He replaces Jim Mowder who stepped down to spend more time with his family.

Storr has been assistant varsity coach at Hammond for the past four years.

He's no stranger to Wilde Lake. His wife, Kelly, coaches the girls varsity basketball team, and he is her assistant coach.


Reds founder moves on

John Lopez, the chief force behind the creation of the Columbia Reds baseball program, moved last month to Northern California after accepting a promotion with Safeway, Inc.

The Reds have grown into one of the strongest travel baseball programs in the county, along with the Dayton Raiders program.

Larry Thompson, who manages the Reds 17-18 team, said the program will continue without Lopez, but that he will be sorely missed.

Jenkins to coach Legion

Rich Jenkins, a teacher at Howard High and former varsity Lions coach, will coach the Lansdowne American Legion baseball team next summer.


The Lansdowne team's drawing area includes the Centennial, Mount Hebron and Howard school districts.

Anyone from those schools wishing to play for the team can reach Jenkins at (301) 776-8733.

Hammond gets dugouts

The baseball landscape is changing at Hammond High, which plans to have dugouts by the start of this season.

Hammond baseball coach and athletic director Bob Maxey said the dugouts are part of a project that eventually will include moving the backstop back far enough to create a deeper center field.

"It might take three or four years to get everything done," Maxey said.