Coach Bill Dooley's turn to grab a headline; brother Vince of Georgia has had his quota. It's Virginia Tech for The Washington Post's all-Metropolitan offensive player of the high school football year, Mark Cox, a passing quarterback with versatility.

Dooley further loads his Hokies for bear with Gar-Field guard Tom Mehr, a two-time all-Met as is Annandale's Cox, who showed a lot of moxie -- or inside information -- with his announcement last night. Just the other day, Tech also landed the quarterback of Virginia's AAA champion Hampton Crabbers. He's Willie Smith, whose 20 touchdown throws included two that beat West Springfield in the state final, 17-8, after W.S. shelved Cox and Annandale in the regional, 9-8.

Just so one of them doesn't wind up a la Jeff Hostetler, Penn State sophomore who recently told Coach Joe Paterno he is transferring out (looking toward Maryland or points west). Hostetler's father, of Holsopple, Pa., said his son "won the battle" fair and square to start at quarterback over Todd Blackledge and Frank Rocco but "lost the prize" unfairly when benched after three games in favor of Blackledge. Hostetler's mother put in that Paterno, in his office with son and parents, told them "Jeff was the best of the three quarterbacks. He didn't give a reason why Jeff was not starting". . .

Oh, those recruiters, Alabama reached all the way to Damascus High in outer Montgomery for running back Craig Turner . . . From that vicinity, mighty Seneca Valley's Al Thomas will be cited as Maryland coach of the year and tell how he does it, at the Champion football clinic in Philadelphia next weekend. . .

Harold McLinton was honored posthumously with the Washingtonians of the Year at Washingtonian magazine's annual banquet last night. Redskins Alumni Association, as Joe Tereshinski began a second stint as alumni president, succeeding Alex Piasecky, had raised $14,500 for the family of traffic victim McLinton, one of its own. . . When two Arkansas Tech football players were killed in a road wreck this week, one was identified as James Murray, 24, of Laurel. He'd just transferred in from Iowa Central J.C.

Kevin Restani, San Antonio NBA forward, is "stable" in intensive care suffering five broken ribs, lung damage and burns when his jeep was rammed by a car. Its driver told police he was fleeing a man with a gun in another auto. "The guy who was chasing the guy who ran into Kevin," an officer said, "was apprehended an hour and half later in a stolen vehicle" and the chase allegedly involved jealousy over a woman. . .

Senior forward Purvis Miller, Southern California's leading scorer (15.4) and rebounder, is off the basketball squad, for keeps. "Repeated violations of team rules," Coach Stan Morrison explained as his 10-7 team faced tonight's date with co-No. 1 Oregon State . . . At Ohio State, after his close-up look at co-No. 1 Virginia, football QB Art Schlichter has given up varsity basketball; worn out. He knows what's a Ralph Sampson . . .

Memorable Marino Pieretti, 14-13 with 3.32 ERA as a 5-foot-7 rookie on the 1945 Senators who just missed bringing war-weary Washington a pennant. He died of cancer yesterday, at 60, in San Francisco. In 1950, before settling into Coast League baseball, Pieretti -- a native of Lucca, Italy -- was with Cleveland long enough to be touched by his North Beach friend, Joe DiMaggio for the Yankee Clipper's 2,000th hit.