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Towson, Morgan State welcome football commitments during early signing period

The Towson University football team welcomed in eight players on the first day of the early signing period for the 2021 campaign.

The eight new Tigers hail from up and down the East Coast, including a pair of Marylanders. All officially joined Towson on the first day of the early signing period, which started Wednesday and runs until Friday.

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“This is truly a special and talented group of young men,” Towson coach Rob Ambrose said. “There are so many great high school seniors out there trying to get to the next level and COVID has created some of the most challenging of recruiting efforts in history. These future Tigers have found a way to set themselves apart on the field and in the classroom under the clouds of adversity. I am so impressed with the drive and potential these young men bring to Towson University and our program.”

Those committing to Towson included:

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>>Gabriel Gomez, kicker, 5-11, 170, Miami, Fla., transfer from Arizona State

>>Marcus Joyner, tight end, 6-2, 245, Camden, N.C., transfer from Old Dominion

>>Isaiah Perkins, Wide Receiver, 6-2, 190, Laurel, St. Vincent Pallotti

>>Darien Reynolds, inside linebacker, 6-0, 225, Charlotte, N.C., transfer from Gardner-Webb

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>>Evan Rutkowski, outside linebacker, 6-2, 200, Ashburn, Va., Briar Woods H.S.

>>Scott Smith III, quarterback, 6-4, 210, Brooklandville, St. Paul’s School

>>Florian Staehler, offensive line, 6-8, 280, Koln, Germany, American International Academy (R.I.)

>>Mason Woods, inside linebacker, 6-0, 220, Woodbridge, Va., Gar-Field H.S.

Morgan State football: The Bears capped the early period of National Signing Day on Wednesday, announcing the signatures of 15 players. It marks the second class of recruits signed by coach Tyrone Wheatley.

Here are the players who have already made their commitments to Morgan State:

>> Antoine “Duce” Taylor, QB, 6-1, 180, Fort Wayne, Ind., North Side

>>Brandon Williams, DB, 6-0, 180, Washington, Woodson

>>Chance Moore, OL, 6-4, 288, Redford, Mich., River Rouge

>>Eric McKeown, OL, 6-6, 300, Ashburn, Va., Stone Bridge

>>Erick Hunter, WR, 6-4, 190, Capital Heights, Westlake

>> Joshua Graham, DB, 5-9, 175, Lawrenceville, Ga., Norcross

>>Josiah Honaker, DB, 6-3, 187, Princeton, W.V., Princeton Senior

>> Jumar Hines Jr., DB, 6-0, 185, Owings Mills, New Town

>>Kamren Lark, DL, 6-1, 275, Norcross, Ga., Norcross

>>Kearon Smith, DL, 6-4, 220, Baltimore, Dunbar

>>Keshawn Dixon, OL, 6-4, 275, Palm Bay, Fla., Palm Bay Magnet

>>Malcolm Brown, QB, 6-4, 225, Fulton, Reservoir

>> Torrance Williams, OL, 6-2, 275, Baltimore, St. Frances

>>Tyler Wilkins, WR, 6-3, 180, Columbia, Mount Saint Joseph

>>Xavier Shell, LB, 6-1, 230, Baltimore, Mervo

Maryland football: A quartet of Terps received All-Big Ten honorable mention. Junior linebacker Chance Campbell (Calvert Hall), sophomore defensive back Nick Cross, sophomore defensive lineman Mosiah Nasili-Kite and freshman defensive back Tarheeb Still were voted Honorable Mention All-Big Ten by both the media and coaches.

Unitas award: The annual competition to select the top college quarterback in the nation has been narrowed from an original field of 47 to five finalists for the 2020 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award. Named after the Baltimore Colts star many refer to as the greatest quarterback ever to play the game of football, the Golden Arm Award is presented annually to the top upperclassman quarterback set to graduate with their class. The winner will be announced Dec. 21.

Top five Golden Arm Award candidates:

>> Ian Book, Notre Dame, 181 completions in 286 attempts for 2382 yards, 86.1 passer rating

>> Justin Fields, Ohio State, 107 completions in 137 attempts for 1407 yards, 94.8 passer rating

>> Mac Jones, Alabama, 217 completions in 284 attempts for 3,321 yards, 96.0 passer rating

>> Trevor Lawrence, Clemson, 173 completions in 250 attempts for 2,431 yards, 85.1 passer rating

>> Kyle Trask, Florida, 259 completions in 369 attempts for 3,717 yards, 90.3 passer rating

Men’s college basketball: Coppin State’s Anthony Tarke was named the MEAC Player of the Week and Defensive Player of the Week while Nendah Tarke took home the MEAC Rookie of the Week award. A redshirt senior, Anthony Tarke averaged 16.3 points, 7.3 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 3.3 steals and 2.0 blocked shots in three games for the Eagles. Freshman Nendah Tarke averaged 9.0 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.0 steals for the week, which included a season-high 20 points on 7-for-9 shooting against the Spartans.

College field hockey: Maryland will welcome sophomore transfer and Maryland native Margot Lawn (Archbishop Spalding) home to join the 2021 Terps squad. Lawn, who is from Pasadena, comes to College Park after playing the 2019 and 2020 fall seasons at Louisville, where she scored eight goals in her 30 games played for the Cardinals.

Horse racing: Due to a winter storm that moved across the region bringing snow, sleet and freezing rain, the Maryland Jockey Club canceled live racing at Laurel Park on Thursday. Live racing is scheduled to resume Friday at Laurel with a nine-race program beginning at 12:25 p.m. The eighth and ninth races will be part of the popular Stronach 5. Laurel’s eighth race will serve as the opening leg of the Stronach 5 at approximately 3:49. Fans can watch and wager on Laurel Park and the Stronach 5 at 1st.com/bet and xpressbet.com.

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