SHREVEPORT, LA., DEC. 13 -- Dave DeArmas, the All-Met kicker from DeMatha High, has verbally committed to Maryland, according to his brother, Dan, presently the Terrapins' punter and kicker.

"He said he knew what he wanted and he liked how the school has treated me," said Dan DeArmas. "I didn't tell him anything -- no one in my family did -- but we're all glad he decided to come."

Dave DeArmas, who was a first-team All-Met selection, reportedly canceled visits to Miami, Tennessee and Ohio State after making his decision. He is the second high-quality area recruit to commit to the Terrapins, following Montgomery-Rockville quarterback John Kaleo.

Maryland officials are not allowed to comment on potential recruits so it was uncertain whether Dave DeArmas would be redshirted for a year then replace Dan, who's finishing his junior season.

"If it's done right it could be eight years of DeArmases," said Dan. "Hopefully I won't screw up the extra point streak {Maryland kickers have made 165 consecutive extra points, DeArmas making 47} and then it'll be his problem." Dave DeArmas made 45 of 49 extra points, 15 of 19 field goals and punted for a 45.7 average this season.

Ticket Goal Met

Athletic Director Andy Geiger said that Maryland has already met its goal of selling 2,000 tickets for Saturday's Independence Bowl and is on the verge of at least breaking even for its trip here.

"We're feeling pretty good about where we are financially," he said. "I'm not sure if we've broken even yet because we haven't seen all the expenses but, based on our planning, we're within $10,000 plus or minus of running a pretty good operation."

Maryland is receiving $600,000 for participating in the game but has to pay the Atlantic Coast Conference $100,000 and had to purchase 15,000 tickets at $25 each, taking another $375,000 off the top. The Terrapins were also required to bring their band, with the total expenses for the trip estimated at $150,000.

Today, Geiger took 500 tickets to Barksdale Air Force Base here and sponsors are expected to provide 2,000 for the Boy Scouts, who will be honored at halftime of the game. Many of those tickets were provided by organizations that bought the seats at full price then turned them over to the assorted charities.

Terps on Parade

Just getting to practice here each day is something of a spectacle for the Terrapins. The team departs from its hotel with three buses, an equipment truck, one car for the training staff and another for the sports information office and other department members. At the front and rear of the caravan is a police cruiser, complete with flashing sirens, to clear traffic.