Maryland and Virginia appeared set yesterday to begin signing as many as 24 football players each to national letters of intent, but officials at both schools said lists of the recruits would not be released until today or Friday.

Because the NCAA has said coaches cannot announce the signings, Maryland Coach Bobby Ross said yesterday he could not comment on the recruits.

But Maryland had received more than a dozen verbal commitments yesterday, including one from David Amend, a 6-foot-4, 245-pound defensive end from Baltimore, who is said to be one of the best prospects in the nation. Maryland also was expected to sign Lou Dainty, a 6-1, 210-pound defensive end/linebacker from the Philadelphia area.

There had been reports that Anthony Lyde, a 6-7, 280-pound all-Metropolitan offensive lineman from H.D. Woodson High School, would sign with Maryland. But his coach, Bob Headen, said yesterday that Lyde had decided to go with Pittsburgh. Headen added that Virginia will get guard John Burns, 6-2, 230, a first team all-Met, and second-team all-Met quarterback Ken Jones, 6-0, 170, will sign with Howard.

Howard, not on the national letter of intent list, did not announce any signings. Coach Joe Taylor, who replaced Floyd Keith last week, was not available for comment.

Virginia Tech's recruits included Ricky Bailey, a record-setting all-state back at Painter Central, a Class A school on the Eastern Shore.