Two-time All-Metropolitan quarterback Gary McIntosh of Gonzaga and The Washington Post's defensive player of the year, linebacker Franklin Sanders of T.C. Williams, were among more than 50 area high school football players to sign with colleges on national letter of intent day yesterday.
McIntosh, who passed for more than 3,000 yards and 20 touchdowns the last two seasons, was one of six area players signing with Maryland, which also got a prize recruit from New York in two-way star Clarence Jones. McIntosh, a 6-foot-2, 190-pounder, said he picked Maryland because of Coach Bobby Ross' wide-open offense and the school's location.
"I feel Maryland is a good place for me," McIntosh said earlier. "I liked the school atmosphere, the school is close to home and they have a good football tradition. I felt very comfortable out there."
Sanders, who led T.C. Williams to the Virginia state championship as a junior and the runner-up spot this season, will attend Louisville.
"Louisville has a lot of new players and Coach Howard Schnellenberger believes Frank will play a lot immediately," Williams Coach Glenn Furman said. "Louisville is a perfect place, both athletically and academically, for Frank."
Jones, of Islip, N.Y., is rated the No. 11 prospect in the nation by United Press International. He can play on the offensive and defensive lines, as well as tight end, and Maryland's recruiting coordinator, John Misciagna, said he has "unlimited talent -- he's a great prospect."
The Terrapins got name value when they signed Frank Namath of Beaver Falls, Pa. He is a nephew of former pro quarterback Joe Namath and plays on the offensive line, as do nine of the 24 Maryland signees.
Maryland also signed All-Met defensive back Kevin Fowlkes of Gar-Field, two-way tackle Bob Washington of Thomas Stone, wide receiver Michael Hollis of Gonzaga, linebacker Jack Bradford of Wilde Lake and defensive back Johnny Vessel of H.D. Woodson.
All-Met running backs Roger Boone of Lake Braddock and Durwin Greggs of McNamara decided on other Atlantic Coast Conference schools. Boone, who gained more than 1,500 yards rushing this year and more than 3,200 during his career, selected Duke. Greggs, a tough inside runner with breakaway speed, will play at Virginia.
In college, McIntosh may get the opportunity to play against the area's other top quarterback, Phillip Barnhill of Carroll. Barnhill signed with Wake Forest, where he will be throwing to McIntosh's best receiver, Steve Brown. Wake Forest also signed T.C. Williams quarterback Spencer Jenkins and Springbrook place-kicker David Behrmann.
At Virginia along with Greggs will be high school teammate and two-way tackle Joe Hall, O'Connell place-kicker and punter Jake McIn-erney and Lake Braddock offensive lineman Chris Stearns.
Surprisingly, both first-team All-Met ends, wide receivers Barry Johnson of Herndon and Hank Jackson of Archbishop Carroll, have yet to sign. Johnson, the big-play performer who was offensive player of the year, is still considering a handful of schools (including Maryland), as is Jackson, who caught 37 passes for more than 700 yards, although none of his final choices is local.
Virginia Tech signed quarterbacks Chris Baucia of DeMatha and Keith Moody of Herndon. Baucia is a good drop-back passer and fine punter. Moody is a good running quarterback and an outstanding defensive back. Tech also signed linemen Richard Saunders of Carroll and Ken Jefferson of Mount Vernon.