James Madison University is assured of a good day today when the college choice of one of the area's top high school football players becomes official. All-Met linebacker Lamont Gooding, a top player for Virginia AAA Division 5 champion West Potomac High School, will sign a football grant-in-aid with the Division I-AA Dukes.

West Potomac Coach Danny Meier said yesterday the 6-foot-2, 255-pound Gooding was the key to his team's surge to the state title.

"We never even thought he could be a linebacker," Meier said. "He was a backup on defense and started as running back. We didn't want him to play too much both ways. But once we put him in the game, he was great and we left him at linebacker. He turned out to be a great two-way player. He was the team's second-leading tackler, plus he gained about 900 yards rushing. In the state title game, he had an interception and scored both touchdowns {in West Potomac's 15-14 victory over Potomac}. He was our team MVP."

Area athletic directors and coaches announced the choices of several other All-Met and all-league players yesterday.

McNamara, which finished 9-1 and had an outstanding defensive secondary, announced three signings.

The key performer for Coach Tom Clark was All-Met receiverdefensive back Asim Penny, who will attend South Carolina. Defensive back Mark Washington picked Rutgers and offensive tackle Clarence Collins chose Duke. All-Met quarterback Junior Bynum is still undecided.

Potomac's top defensive players, twins Keith and Kevin McAfee, both linebackers, are still undecided. Keith was The Washington Post's defensive player of the year.

Meanwhile, Potomac defensive tackle Stan Carmichael says he's going to Army.

On Monday, Post offensive player of the year James Milliner, a running back from Annandale, said he will play at UCLA.

Oakland Mills tailback Korey Singleton selected Northwestern over James Madison and Wake Forest. Singleton rushed for 1,819 yards and scored 23 touchdowns before injuring his knee the final week of the regular season. The 6-2, 205-pound senior, who also played linebacker, missed his team's last three games, including two Maryland playoff games.

All-Met players who will sign today include Madison quarterbackdefensive back Chris Hardy, who is going to Villanova; O'Connell defensive tackle Marty Haught to the Naval Academy; Centreville offensive guard Nathan Howard to Brigham Young; Fairmont Heights defensive tackle Emile Palmer to Syracuse and Wilson center Brooke Cawley to Howard.

West Potomac offensive tackle Vincent Sooh will sign with Appalachian State and Madison tight end Chip Seeger with Army.