John Kaleo, the Montgomery College-Rockville quarterback who was named the 1990 national junior college player of the year, has agreed to accept a scholarship to Maryland for the 1991 football season.

Kaleo, who attended South River and Bowie high schools, completed 61 percent of his passes for 2,963 yards and 32 touchdowns this season, leading the Knights (10-1) to a berth in the junior college national championship game.

National letters-of-intent cannot be signed until February, and Maryland coaches are not permitted to talk about recruits until then. However, Maryland sources said Kaleo, named a junior college all-American on Monday, will join the Terrapins provided his grades are good enough to begin attending classes in January.

That would enable Kaleo, 6 feet 1, 200 pounds, to practice with the Terps in the spring, giving him a chance to become acquainted with the offensive scheme and win the starting spot. Current quarterback Scott Zolak is a graduating senior.

"There are no signs that he won't be able to begin classes in January; if he can enter then and play in the spring, then it's a go," said a source. "If he has to wait until fall, then it's probably a little late for him to pick everything up and be able to play right away."

Kaleo, who has two seasons of college eligibility remaining, reportedly also considered Clemson, North Carolina and Hawaii.

"That's the kind of player that Joe {Krivak, the Terps' coach} needs," the source said. "He's a local kid and he's got the numbers -- he's a known commodity who's done it."

Kaleo would be reunited with former Knights wide receiver Gene Thomas. Teammate Dwayne Freeman, a JuCo all-American wide receiver, also is considering Maryland.