Damone Boone, a running back from Springfield, Va., was to discuss his choice between Maryland and Virginia Tech one last time with his mother last night. Frank Creneti, his coach at West Springfield High, said that Boone "was leaning to Maryland, absolutely," but that he would not announce his decision until today, when the letter-of-intent signing period begins.
Wide receiver Quinton Spotwood, another of the 58 players honored by Parade, decided last night to attend Syracuse over Maryland and Rutgers. Spotwood was leaning toward Syracuse last week, but made a late visit to Maryland on Sunday.
"He had a great visit to Maryland, but Syracuse was the place he was most comfortable with," said Jerry Moore, the coach at Elizabeth High. "He liked the quarterback situation at Syracuse [Donovan McNabb was the highest-rated freshman in NCAA history], and one of our former players starts for Syracuse."
Maryland's recruiting history includes just one Parade All-American, sophomore running back Buddy Rodgers.
Even though Maryland missed out on Spotwood, there will be at least one Elizabeth player in the Terps' recruiting class, and possibly two.
On Monday, Elizabeth linebacker Julian Hambrick (6-3, 240) became the 22nd player to commit to Maryland, taking the Terps over scholarship offers from Ole Miss and Rutgers.
Elizabeth quarterback Al Hawkins isn't going to sign a letter of intent this spring, but he has said he'll play football and baseball at Maryland if he isn't happy with his position in the June baseball draft. Hawkins, a pitcher, is listed as one of the top 35 high school senior prospects by Baseball America.
Last football season, Hawkins completed 79 of 120 passes for 1,363 yards and 22 touchdowns. More than half of his passes went to Spotwood, who had 46 catches for 930 yards and 12 touchdowns. Spotwood also rushed 17 times for 220 yards.