Coach Bobby Ross' attempts to improve Maryland football's local recruiting efforts are beginning to pay off. Richard Shure, a heavily recruited running back from Calvert Hall in Baltimore County, has verbally committed to College Park for next season.
Shure is a 6-foot, 190-pound fullback who gained more than 1,300 yards and scored 23 touchdowns last season. Shure's coach, Augie Miceli, said yesterday that the player has canceled scheduled visits to other schools.
Ross also said Maryland appears to have a good chance at landing at least four of the Washington area's first-team all-Met players this past season. Those four have already visited the campus.
"It's still early, the signing date isn't until Feb. 9," Ross said. "But we've gotten a reasonably favorable response from some good recruits. We're presenting ourselves as a program of excellence. We're hoping some of the local kids will give us some early commitments."
The four local players are Anthony Lyde, a 6-foot-6, 275-pound offensive tackle from H.D. Woodson; Terry Burke, a 6-1, 215-pound linebacker from Northwood; Tommy Neal, a 5-10, 195-pound running back/defensive back from Magruder, and Norris Davis, a 6-2, 190-pound wide receiver from South Lakes.
Lyde, who could also play defense, and Davis, who is exceptionally fast, are known nationally.
"We're still one of five in many cases," Ross added, referring to the NCAA rule allowing recruits to visit five campuses their senior year.
"It used to be that everybody in the locker room laughed at you if you said you were seriously considering Maryland," said one of Washington's all-Met players. "But after the season they had this year, everybody's finding out if Maryland is interested in them."
Said Miceli: "The University of Maryland, in my 22 years of being associated with Maryland high school football, pretty much snubbed the Baltimore schools," Miceli said. "Ross said when he got here that he would change that and he did. He told me, 'Look, we're going to recruit your kids.' Our kids go to see Maryland games now. I went to see them play for the first time in at least (six) years."
Ross is also looking nationally for players; one call to the football office was from a high school player in rural Arkansas.
One highly recruited player Ross apparently will not get is Walter Mosely, one of the top running backs in the nation, who is from western New York. "He made one visit, to Syracuse, and verbally committed to Syracuse," Ross said. "He was lined up for a visit here in January, but he canceled all his other visits. I wouldn't say it's a big blow, though."
Two of Maryland's recruiting needs have been solved through the addition of transfers. Bill Rogers, a tight end who transfered from Navy, will be eligible for the 1983 season. He's 6-2, 228 pounds and fast. And Joe Kraus, who transfered from Penn State, will probably start at cornerback or safety next season.
Another transfer, Donald Brown, a tailback from the University of Oklahoma, is enrolled in University College, Maryland's night school, but he may not be eligible. He was a full scholarship player at Oklahoma and is described by one member of the Maryland staff as "pure tailback."
About 20 high school players visited Maryland last weekend, and 50 to 60 more will do the same beginning in early January. Ross said he will sign 28.
The Terrapins, after finishing final exams, will fly to Honolulu Monday. They will practice on the AstroTurf at Aloha Stadium all week for their game with Washington in the first Aloha Bowl, Christmas Day at 7 p.m. (WDCA-TV-20).
Ross has been "really pleased with practices" after nearly three weeks off. He said he felt the team had "lost a bit of its conditioning edge" between the time of its last game, a win over Virginia Nov. 20, and Dec. 9, when practice resumed. "We were running like turtles, but now we're back to normal," he said, adding that the team in better condition will have a distinct advantage in the expected 80-degree-plus weather.