Now that the college basketball recruiting has [TEXT ILLEGIBLE] to a whirl-wised finish, how the powers that be or would be do with their winter football recruiting?
Sure and since last we looked, Notro Dame up and [TEXT ILLEGIBLE] All-America high [WORDS ILLEGIBLE] This one's Peto [TEXT ILLEGIBLE] from Liverpool, N.Y., to join at least three other such frosh in an August-September push to crowd holdovers Busty Linch and Joe Mondana. Or to be converted to other positions by coach Dan Devine, as college football coaches are [WORD ILLEGIBLE] to do with schoolboy quarterbacks and fullbacks . . .
Yet the Irish don't make the top 10 in the grant-in [TEXT ILLEGIBLE] according to Joe Terraseva, who surveys the recruiting lay of the land out of Dear-born, Mich., issues who's-who type registers of the top talent and tabulates where the blue-chippers decide to go.
Third-hand, is the Harrisburg (PA) Patriot-News via Rockville Joe Namath, the former [WORD ILLEGIBLE] agent whose clientele as a tax consultant includes Jerry Claiborne but who steers any athletic prospects that come his way toward alma matter Penn State, not Maryland, here's Teranova's leader list in 1977 recruit crops:
(1) UCLA, (2) Oklahoma, (3) Houston, (4) Florida, (5) Ohio State, (6) Pittsburgh, (7) Washington, (8) Colorado, (9) Auburn, (10) Michigan.
UCLA expects Craig [WORD ILLEGIBLE] son of former major league outfielder Jim Landis - to step in and start at QB after a fabulous prep career and Freeman McNeil to be one of the nation's top running backs after posting senior numbers of 3.1 yards, a carry and 27 TDs. Oklahoma, as so often, spirited away several of the top prospects in Texas - but a big one got away.
That one's a story: QB Darrell Shepard of Odessa, Tex. Shepard's older brother is a running back for the Sooners, but the youngster leaned hard toward Texas. Then he heard tell the Darrell Royal Longhorns weren't crazy about playing a black at quarterback, even ones-named Darrell who rate at the bluest chip in the state. [WORD ILLEGIBLE] coach Fred Akers persuaded him such tales were baloney - thought he had him landed. So where does Shepard wind up Houston.
Talk about self-confidence. Houston is set with Danny Davis, one of the best option-sprintout quarterbacks anywhere - ask the Terpe he bedazzled in the Cotton Bowl. So Davis squired Shepard on a campus visit told him, "If you're good enough to win the job, O.K., but don't count on it." And Shepard accepted the challenge, warning he doesn't expect to warm the bench the two years Davis has left. Double trouble.
On signing day, Akers was at Shepard's house, pen in hand, only to be put off while Darrell called UH coach Bill Yeaman for one more conversation, then sat back until Yeoman flew up to Odessa and got his signature.
Basketball recruiting: Score another for Dean Smith: UNC signed 5-9 Pete Budko, the Baltimore Loyola High standout, yesterday . . . At Old Dominion, which went 25-4 in its first Division I campaign, led by the likes of freshman Ronnie Valentine - Georgetown winces when it remembers how he shot lights out on the Hoya season - comes now Rick Kresinske. Valentine set a Norfold Catholic High career scoring record of 1,808 points before heading for ODU: Kresinske, 6-3 1/2 broke it with 1,818 . . .
Four-footed throughbreds; Royal Ski, the colt owned by Boston Bruin goalie Gerry Cheevers, came out of his 3-year-old debut and fourth-place finish in the Hirsch. Jacobs Stakes at Pimlico with a wrenched left ankle, trainer John Lenzini Jr. reported yesterday. Evidently not too serious, but - . . .