Thomas Stone senior Antonio Lewis had visited many college campuses while considering where to continue his football and academic career.
But he had a new experience Saturday when he walked onto West Virginia's Mountaineer Field.
First he heard the cheers of a few dozen people waiting in the stands. Then he saw his name and highlight reel high above the field on the Mountaineers' jumbo video board.
"They were showing me my highlights," Lewis said. "I don't know how they did it . . . but it was pretty cool."
Lewis, the 2002 All-Met quarterback, decided before he left Morgantown on Sunday to give an oral commitment to Coach Rich Rodriguez. He is one of four Southern Maryland Athletic Conference athletes who confirmed their decisions by signing official Division I letters-of-intent on Wednesday.
Calvert All-Met defensive back Taros Harris and Lackey All-SMAC lineman Randy Robinson sent matching faxes to Kent State University, and McDonough All-SMAC lineman David Ziegler, who orally committed to Marshall University in September, made his pledge official.
All four athletes will receive full athletic scholarships.
"I was sold pretty quickly on Marshall," said Ziegler, who stands 6-foot-5 and weighs 285 pounds. "This is what I've been looking forward to."
Two other area athletes -- Patuxent lineman T.J. Foley and Westlake lineman John Sutherland -- mailed in their official commitment letters to Division I-A Towson.
"I guess I had really decided before I even went for my visit to West Virginia, but it's nice to have it officially over," said Lewis, who had narrowed his choices to West Virginia and Syracuse, both of the Big East Conference.
For Lewis, the deciding factor was position. The Orangemen were recruiting Lewis primarily as a defensive back and kick returner; the Mountaineers were focused on keeping him at quarterback.
"I liked the university because it's close to home, but I also like the plan they have for me," Lewis said. "I'll probably redshirt so I can learn their system, but they are definitely wanting me to stay at quarterback.
"Coach Rodriguez had Woody Dantzler [at Clemson], and he says that we're similar. That's what he's looking for out of me."
Lewis (5-foot-10, 190 pounds) passed for 1,014 yards and 15 touchdowns this season, averaging 24.1 yards per completion. He also rushed for 847 yards and 17 scores, with an average of 5.7 yards per carry.
Harris (5-8, 180) said his focus wasn't so much on the position he would play -- he rotated at defensive back, quarterback, wide receiver and running back in high school -- but on the chance to play quickly.
"It really didn't matter to me, but they've said my best chance of playing right away would be at defensive back," said Harris, who turned down offers to visit Marshall and Maryland after giving Kent his oral commitment. "So that's the plan. They said they could use me as a wide receiver on reverses or plays like that, too."
Harris, who finished his career at Calvert with 23 interceptions, also is likely to return kicks for the Golden Flashes. He returned 10 for touchdowns in the past three seasons at Calvert.
Both Harris and Robinson (6-3, 260) said what drew them to Kent State, which is in the Mid-American Conference and located about 30 miles from Cleveland, was the coaching staff.
Robinson, who probably will play offensive guard, chose Kent over Buffalo, Rhode Island, Connecticut and Towson. Robinson allowed no sacks this season on offense, and defensively recorded 40 tackles, including 11 for losses, and six sacks.
"With these coaches, you don't just think they want you for as long as they can use you," Robinson said. "You can tell that they actually care about you as a person."