Despite signing only three Washington metropolitan area high school recruits, University of Maryland head football coach Joe Krivak said yesterday he is pleased with the group of athletes that signed letters of intent. Among the 29 players were five college transfers.

The local players who signed with Maryland were Oakland Mills running back Andre Vaughn, Park View tight end Pat Norton and former Oxon Hill All-Met quarterback Tom Green, a transfer from Arizona State.

Krivak said his staff went after about a half dozen players in the Washington-Baltimore area they felt could genuinely help them. The school's crackdown on academics (such as the loss of the General Studies Program) obviously hampered the Terrapins' recruiting efforts to some degree, he said.

"In some cases {of players being recruited}, we were concerned about academics," said Krivak, in his second season. "We have to adhere to certain guidelines regarding academics and that plays a big part. That's about all I can say about that.

"We feel we signed some good area players in Vaughn, Norton and Green. And we did get two Baltimore kids -- running back Darren Colvin of Aberdeen and wide receiver Richie Harris of Mt. St. Joseph's -- who we think will help us. If you can sign 50 percent of the kids you go after, you've done fine. You do the best you can."

Krivak hopes the four transfers (Green will not be eligible until 1989), 6-foot-2, 195 pound running back Ricky Johnson from Independence (Kan.) Junior College, running back James Matthews, 6-0, 210, and linemen O'Neill Glenn, 6-3, 265, from Nassau Community College (N.Y.) and Heston Silbert, 6-6, 265, from Santa Monica Junior College can contribute right away.

"Normally, we don't sign too many transfer students," Krivak said. "But we saw some kids we felt could help us right away and went after them. The junior college kids are older and have more experience and will be able to participate in the spring practices. By the fall, they will have a better hold on our system and, hopefully, should be able to play some for us."

Krivak said he felt he filled the team's immediate needs of depth at running back and in the offensive and defensive lines, signing nine linemen and seven running backs.

"You can never have too many linemen," said Krivak, whose team finished 4-7, fifth in the Atlantic Coast Conference. "We went after linemen and running backs. We lost a number of good people and we had to help ourselves at the skill positions, particularly at running back . . . In any class, you get some players who turn out to be better than you think."

Another school with success recuiting locally was William and Mary, which signed 14 players, including three first-team all-Met performers, the most by any school. Tailback Robert Green from Friendly, Marshall safety Richard Kinsman and Georgetown Prep lineman David Flynn will attend the Williamsburg, Va., school.

Yorktown all-Met punter Chris Alcott did not sign with Bowie State as previously reported. The senior is still undecided.

Other local players to sign at ACC schools included Mount Vernon linebacker Shane Scott with Clemson, Gonzaga running back Chris Brown with Duke, Gar-Field lineman Glenn Baucom and Potomac (Va.) running back Larry Jordan with Wake Forest and Good Counsel tight end Colin Preis with Virginia.

Several players signed with Southeastern Conference schools, including McNamara tight end Steve Busky (Alabama) and Ballou split end Tre Everett with Florida. Hayfield linebacker D.J. Brown signed with Michigan.