Anthony Wiseman is a three-time All-Met in track, and last winter he ran the Washington area's fastest time in the 300 meters (34.08) and the second-fastest in the 55 meters (6.36). He does not slow down much when he puts on his football gear: Last season he rushed for 852 yards and 11 touchdowns, averaging 9.9 yards per carry to help DeMatha go undefeated and win the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference championship.

In a backfield full of talented players -- fullback Kenny Jefferson has unofficially committed to Virginia Tech and fellow tailback Jeff Allen has joined Wiseman in saying he will sign a scholarship to play for Maryland -- Wiseman still stands out.

"He's as fast as any of the top track kids around," DeMatha Coach Bill McGregor said. "[DeMatha graduate] Josh Wilson, I think, is the second-fastest kid at the University of Maryland. [Terp Coach Ralph Friedgen] asked Josh, 'Can you beat Wiseman?' He said no way. I don't know if you know Josh, but Josh is pretty cocky."

But Wiseman, who said he has never been caught from behind, has more than speed. He spent the summer working to build strength and now can bench-press 225 pounds 11 times, which McGregor thinks will allow him to break more tackles.

"Anytime he touches the football, I think, legitimately, he can score," McGregor said.

Even though he committed to Maryland in early June -- high school football players cannot make binding commitments until February -- Wiseman said he continues to get phone calls, e-mails and even instant messages from college coaches trying to lure him to their campus.

"It goes on and on," Wiseman said. "It's fun to know they still want me."

If only they could catch him.

Other ones to watch:

* Kerel Whitehead, Bowie: Coming off back surgery, the 5-7, 195-pound speedster tested well in the offseason and could be an impact player.

* Matt Clark, Crossland: Junior rushed for more than 1,000 yards last season and hopes another successful season will help the Cavaliers -- who enter the season with a 19-game losing streak -- collect some victories.

* Justin Tillman, Forestville: Bruising runner began to earn playing time late last season; this season he will get the ball from the start.

* Charlie Rivers, Largo: Transfer from Parkdale rushed for 434 yards and five touchdowns last season.

* Harrison Baker, Eleanor Roosevelt: Rushed for 497 yards last season; should succeed Theirrien Davis as Raiders' featured back this season.

* Brandon McRae, Jimmy McClam and Ramond Dixon, C.H. Flowers: McClam and Dixon are four-year starters and McRae a three-year starter in a backfield that spreads the ball around.


DeMatha's Anthony Wiseman says he has never been caught from behind on a football field.