Maryland and Virginia yesterday saw prior verbal commitments turned into signings on the third day of college basketball's early signing period, while Georgetown was left to wait for the decision of a recruit who delayed until next week an announcement about his choice of a school.

Wayne Bristol, a 6-foot-2 point guard from High Point High School, became the second player to sign a national letter-of-intent to attend Maryland. Eagles Coach Ernie Welch said yesterday that Bristol signed the letter Thursday night and intended to deliver it to Terrapins officials by today.

Bristol is the leading returning scorer in Prince George's County after producing 19.2 points (and 7.8 rebounds) per game as a junior. Welch describes him as a leaper with excellent quickness who, oddly enough, chose Maryland in part because of the NCAA sanctions imposed on the Terrapins.

"That left a hole of playing time because of the kids that left and because of what it did to their recruiting," Welch said. "I don't think {Bristol} has any illusions of stepping in and starting right away because Walt Williams presumably still will be there and no one steps right in front of Walt Williams. But if they have a three-guard rotation going, I think he's good enough to be part of that right away."

Bristol joins 6-7 forward Geno Soto of Teaneck (N.J.) High as Maryland's signees. The Terrapins also have received a verbal commitment from Dunbar High's John Rhodes, expected to sign his letter-of-intent by Sunday.

Georgetown will wait at least until Monday to find out where 6-6 guard Ray Jackson of Austin, Tex., will attend college. He reportedly will choose between the Hoyas and Michigan. His coach at LBJ High School (where he averaged 23 points and 12 rebounds last season), Mike McShane, said that Jackson has indicated "no clear preference."

Georgetown has signed highly regarded 6-7 swingman Kevin Millen from Memphis and Largo High center Don Reed -- in the week-long signing period that began Wednesday, and the Hoyas apparently are intent upon adding a third.

Virginia announced the signings of four players: 6-8 forward Thomas Burrough of Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Va.; 6-9 forward Chris Alexander of Long Branch (N.J.) High; and two Richmonders, 6-8 forward Yuri Barnes from Manchester High and 6-5 swingman Jason Williford of John Marshall High.

Burrough was the most hotly pursued of the group; he averaged 23 points and 12 rebounds for West Charlotte (N.C.) High last season before transferring to Oak Hill. His signing may bring an added bonus: Cory Alexander, Burrough's Oak Hill teammate who's widely regarded as one of the nation's best high school point guards.