Utah's starting quarterback, sophomore Kenny Vierra, declares in Salt Lake City he will indeed enroll at Maryland this summer or fall. The 6-foot-1, 170-pound passer evidently liked College Park as well as he expected on last week's visit, prompted by his aversion to Coach Chuck Stobart's run-oriented Ute offense. He'll have two years eligibility here, starting in '84 . . . Meantime, why so little hoopla, when Terrapins' 1983 recruits were listed, over Bryan Covington, GW-Danville back whose 217 yards (10-plus per carry) and three touchdowns in the AAA state title romp over Mount Vernon were merely typical Covington stats? Maryland outpersuaded Ohio State for a Virginian who might make 'em forget Steve Atkins . . . Maryland off on the wrong lacrosse foot, opening at home: Syracuse 16, Terrapins 13. The Orange broke a 12-12 tie; Tim Worstell's three goals high for Maryland . . .

Grambling's Joseph B. Johnson, for some reason, declined appointment to the potent NCAA Administrative Committee, but a colleague from the black-administered Southwestern Athletic Conference is named in his stead: Jackson State's athletic director, Walter Reed . . . Basketball may have Abe Lemons, fired last year at Texas, back coaching soon. Oklahoma City U., where he once did 18 years, has Lonnie Nichols' resignation (after a 4-22 season) and feelers out for Lemons . . . It's Wake Forest former four-year starter Mike Helms in Winston-Salem jail on 15 counts of drug (cocaine, marijuana) activity. Still listed as a student, Helms used his eligibility a year ago.