Having unofficially committed to play football at Nebraska, McDonough senior David Harvey can start a new kind of campaign to stay in school.
Harvey was walking out the door of McDonough's weight room one day in May when Rams football coach Dave Bradshaw told him to wait. A recruiter from Nebraska was coming to the school to visit junior A.J. Wallace, and Bradshaw thought it would be worth Harvey's time to introduce himself.
Harvey made quite an impression. His 6-foot-4, 230-pound frame earned him an invitation last month to Nebraska's camp, along with Wallace. The athleticism Harvey displayed was enough to earn a scholarship offer. Last week, Harvey accepted the offer.
"I was ready to go home," said Harvey, who transferred to McDonough in November. "Coach [Bradshaw] told me to stick around. I guess it was the right thing to do."
Harvey said Nebraska was most interested in him playing tight end. He moved to the area from Sumter, S.C., in early November, after playing defensive end on Sumter High's varsity team the past two seasons. Harvey was not a starter at McDonough, and as a result had not drawn much recruiting interest from other schools. No other school had offered him a scholarship.
Harvey was the starting center on McDonough's basketball team last season, averaging 9.8 points for the Rams, who advanced to the Maryland 3A tournament for the first time in 19 years.
Bilmanis Wins in Raleigh
All-Met track and field performer Amy Bilmanis won the discus championship at the Adidas Championships last month in Raleigh, N.C.
Bilmanis, who will begin her senior season at Thomas Stone in the fall, topped a class of high-quality throwers, including Jocylen White, who defeated Bilmanis at the Penn Relays. Bilmanis made a throw of 46.65 meters, or 153 feet 1 inch, on her last throw of the competition.