While Morgan Green was spending his early childhood days inside Beltsville Academy elementary school, his mind would wander down Route 1 over to College Park. He thought then about playing football for Maryland.
Green moved to Waldorf four years ago, and once he established himself as a major-college prospect during his sophomore season at Lackey in 2002, the Terrapins began reciprocating Green's interest in them. On Sunday, the two came together when Green unofficially committed to Maryland's recruiting class of 2005.
Green, who posted the second-highest single-season rushing total last season when Lackey advanced to the Maryland 3A title game, had received offers from Florida, Virginia, North Carolina State and Boston College, among others. Many other programs, though, shied away from Green in the past year because Green long appeared headed for Maryland.
"He said he wanted to do this before [his senior] season," Lackey Coach Scott Chadwick said. "After the May recruiting period ended, he didn't see anything else new, so he figured, 'Why not do it already?' "
The 6-foot-1, 205-pound Green was at Maryland on Sunday for an event to tell recruits about the school's curriculum. He had a meeting with Terrapins Coach Ralph Friedgen and gave him his commitment to sign in February.
"Now, since the ACC is the best conference in the country," Green said, "all the NFL teams will be looking at them."
Green rushed for 2,630 yards and scored 26 touchdowns last season as Lackey, which had not made the postseason in a decade, advanced to the Maryland 3A title game. He came 112 short of the state record set by McDonough's Sherron Gudger in 1991.
Green rushed for 903 yards more than anyone else in the Washington area.
Crounse Is New Pax AD
Steve Crounse loves helping out with Patuxent's athletic department so much that rarely a day went by this school year when he was not at some event on campus. Now, that labor of love will be a requirement.
Crounse was named Patuxent's new athletic director this week, succeeding Valerie Harrington, who took the same position at Huntingtown, which opens in August. He will remain the Panthers' football coach, a job he has held for two years. Crouse assisted Harrington for much of this school year.
Patuxent is one of six schools (Chopticon, Huntingtown, Leonardtown, Northern and Westlake) in the Southern Maryland Athletic Conference that have athletic directors who also coach. But only Westlake Athletic Director Dominic Zaccarelli is also a football coach, a job that, even on its own, makes huge demands on time.
"I'm going to need people to help me," Crounse said, "but we have people who are willing to help out. Several people have stepped up. "
Patuxent Principal Gordon Libby told Crounse that he would have preferred to hire an athletic director who did not have coaching duties, but no such candidate applied. When Libby was at Douglass in Prince George's County before coming to Patuxent last year, his athletic director, William Hay, was also the baseball coach.
"I have reservations because [Crounse] is the football coach," Libby said. "But it's hard to find that kind of person. . . . He knows the pressure. He's got a big plate in front of him. But he stood out to me with all the things he did."
Crounse was a middle school athletic director and then an assistant athletic director at Delaware Valley (Pa.) High -- while coaching at both schools -- before coming to Patuxent in 2002.
"I've been juggling that stuff my whole career," Crounse said. "It's the life that I'm used to. . . . Most of the organization and coordination has to be done from now until the end of July and August."
Libby said: "Steve is the type of guy who will be here everyday. He'll line the field. He'll announce the lacrosse game. Whatever it takes, he'll do it."
Scoring Off the Court
La Plata boys' basketball coach Pete Maienknecht said his star player, Andrew Lee, was a role model on the court all season for his teammates. Now, Maienknecht hopes Lee's struggle to gain a scholarship to play next fall at Morgan State can also inspire the Warriors.
Lee was the SMAC's leading scorer last season at 22.3 points per game -- good for fifth among area Maryland public school players. He accounted for 42 percent of La Plata's scoring and was the object of frequent double-teams by opposing defenses.
As impressive as Lee's basketball skills were, though, they were not enough to get him a spot on a basketball roster because he did not fulfill NCAA academic eligibility requirements. Last month, he finally achieved a qualifying SAT score, and Morgan State was able to offer him a scholarship.
"It's a great accomplishment for Andrew," Maienknecht said. "Hopefully, [the rest of the Warriors] can see that no matter what kind of numbers you put up, it doesn't matter unless you put up grades. Hopefully, they can draw from that."
Lee is the only SMAC boys' basketball player to sign with a Division I college this year. Patuxent's Amanda Robinson, who committed to the University of MarylandBaltimore County, was the conference's only girl to sign.
Morgan State went 11-16 last season with a roster on which underclassmen predominated.