COLLEGE PARK -- It was not a normal recruiting season for Maryland.
Two weeks ago, recruiting coordinator Chris Cosh left to take the defensive coordinator's job at Michigan State. That didn't appear to have an adverse effect, as five of the 19 players who signed letters of intent with Maryland yesterday played in Prince George's County, one of the areas Cosh worked.
Two players from Anacostia High in Washington, D.C., reneged on oral commitments to Maryland coach Ron Vanderlinden and instead shifted their allegiance, and the coach is waiting on others to meet assorted academic standards.
"There are a few other players I expect to sign at a later date," Vanderlinden said. "There are some issues that have to be clarified."
Those players include Dunbar linebacker Kirk Williams and Richard Montgomery's two-way back Anthony Williams, one of the top prospects in Montgomery County.
The national letter of intent signing period ends April 1.
At one point, the Terps were told they would get three players from Anacostia, but the coach's son, Tyrone Stewart, was the only one to sign.
Linebacker Bobby Addison and wide receiver Jay Chapman of Anacostia signed instead with Marshall and Syracuse, respectively.
Tight end Todd Wike of Lebanon, Pa., committed to the Terps last August, and Rod Littles, a defensive back from Gainesville, Fla., didn't visit the campus until last weekend. He was supposed to stay home and go to Florida, but the Gators had reservations about his height (5 feet 11).
Other late commitments came from Marlon Moore, a linebacker from Potomac High, and defensive lineman Charles Hill of Eleanor Roosevelt High, both in Prince George's County.
Maryland went 2-9 in Vanderlinden's debut season, and the first recruiting class he had a year to work with includes several players who would be classified as sleepers or gambles.
Durrand Roundtree is from Lansdowne, where there isn't much football tradition, and William Shime came to the United States to play basketball, not football. He played one season at McNamara High in Forestville. Both signed as defensive ends. Center Sam Marvis of Greensburg, Pa., like Shime a late commitment, has lost 50 pounds in two years and weighs 255 pounds.
"Sam wasn't highly recruited, and I don't care," Vanderlinden said. "He played outside linebacker on defense, and he's the leading scorer and rebounder on his basketball team. I want better athletes on our offensive line."
Quarterback Calvin McCall of Orlando, Fla., looks incredibly athletic on film, but he played that position for only one season in high school. He was being recruited as a wide receiver or defensive back by stronger programs.
Cornerback Renard Cox and defensive end Nate Rust were teammates at Lackawanna (Pa.) Junior College, and both are expected to play next season. Vanderlinden wouldn't predict which of the 17 signees would contribute as first-year freshmen, but some will have to emerge.
"Several of these guys will play next season," Vanderlinden said. "I feel we're going to have to involve the young players one more FTC year. There are some significant weaknesses in the ranks, but I do feel we'll be significantly better next season."
Vanderlinden replaced Cosh as recruiting coordinator by promoting running backs coach Mike Locksley, who played and coached at Towson University.
Maryland football recruits
The 19 players who signed letters of intent yesterday to play football for Maryland:
Name, Pos., Ht., Wt., Hometown/school
Todd Bradley, DL, 6-2, 255, Yorktown, Va.
Renard Cox, CB, 6-0, 185, Lackawanna JC
Matt Crawford, OL, 6-6, 295, Moravia, N.Y.
Guilian Gary, WR, 6-0, 185, Horseheads, N.Y.
E. J. Henderson, LB, 6-2, 208, Aberdeen
Charles Hill, DL, 6-2, 245, Eleanor Roosevelt
Bob Krantz, OL, 6-5, 270, Clifton, Va.
Rod Littles, DB, 5-11, 185, Gainesville, Fla.
Sam Marvis, OL, 6-3, 255, Greensburg, Pa.
Calvin McCall, QB, 6-3, 183, Orlando, Fla.
Marlon Moore, LB, 6-1, 210, Potomac
Tony Okanlawon, DB, 5-11, 180, De Matha
Marc Riley, RB, 6-3, 205, Coram, N.Y.
Durrand Roundtree, DE, 6-3, 235, Lansdowne
Nate Rust, DE, 6-4, 244, Lackawanna JC
Maurice Shaw, WR, 6-1, 180, Suitland
William Shime, DE, 6-4, 220, McNamara
Tyrone Stewart, DB, 6-0, 180, Washington, D.C.
Todd Wike, TE, 6-3, 240, Lebanon, Pa.
Pub Date: 2/05/98