Coach Bill Griffith provides some perspective to the Great Mills community when it comes to recruiting.

Although the Hornets have produced Clifford Dukes, who starred at Michigan State and was in preseason training camp with the St. Louis Rams, those players are rare.

"What we're seeing out of this area recruiting-wise are Division II kids," said Griffith, who played at Frostburg. "We don't have the biggest kids here."

Given its recent history, Great Mills also doesn't have much of a connection with recruiters. Griffith said that is going to take time, but he is starting the dialogue.

"A lot of it has to do with the connections coaches have," he said, "and that's something I have to build."

Griffith said he is learning about the rules of the NCAA clearinghouse, the body that approves student academic eligibility. He said it is imperative for players and their parents to understand those requirements before setting foot on the field.

After that, though, Griffith said, he will do whatever is necessary from a football standpoint.

"I've told them that I'll work as hard as I can to get them to the next level," Griffith said. "If I have to pick up the phone and make a call to a guy at Penn State or call [Ralph] Friedgen at Maryland and tell them I've got a kid who can play, I'll be happy to do that."

-- ALAN GOLDENBACH