La Plata's Eric Jobe was talking college recruiting with his coach, Chris Davidson, early last week. It was time to get serious.
"What are you waiting for?" Davidson asked his star lineman.
Jobe had no answer. He looked at West Virginia, one of two schools to offer a full scholarship, and saw that the Mountaineers had played in two straight New Year's Day bowl games and that the school has the engineering programs Jobe wants to study.
"I just decided I wasn't waiting on anything," Jobe said. "I did a lot of thinking over the past week and looked at what West Virginia had to offer, and it was everything I wanted."
And with that, Jobe called Mountaineers assistant Bill Stewart and told him Wednesday evening that he would sign with West Virginia on Feb. 1, the first day recruits from the Class of 2006 are allowed to sign.
The 6-foot-3, 281-pound Jobe is the fifth Southern Maryland senior this year to commit to a Division I scholarship. Westlake's Darius Powell and Aaris Reed will sign with North Carolina, while teammate Pha'Terrell Washington has committed to Maryland. Thomas Stone's Nekos Brown has committed to Virginia Tech.
Lackey's J.B. Walton and McDonough's A.J. Wallace are planning to take official visits over the next two months before making their decisions.
Jobe, who carries a 4.5 grade-point average, had hoped to secure offers from elite academic schools such as Duke, Stanford and Northwestern, but all three told him they wanted to see highlight tape from this season before offering him a scholarship.
"I showed myself to them and went to their camps, and they said they still wanted to see tapes," Jobe said. "West Virginia wanted me all along, so I wanted to go with someone who wanted me."
New Ground for Hornets
Great Mills finally ended its Leonardtown streak Thursday night.
The Hornets' 22-0 win over Huntingtown was their first win over a team besides the Raiders since a 24-20 win over Northern on Sept. 15, 2000. It was also their first shutout since 1999.
They can thank quarterback Cody Kohn, who threw for two scores and ran for another, hitting on 15 of 23 passes for 308 yards.