Billy Schweitzer, a senior quarterback at St. Stephen's/St. Agnes in Alexandria, said yesterday that he has unofficially committed to play football at Virginia.
Schweitzer (6 feet 4, 205 pounds) passed for 787 yards and five touchdowns last season despite playing with a cast on his left wrist to protect a broken bone suffered in a preseason scrimmage. Schweitzer also was recruited by West Virginia, Kentucky, Marshall and Boston College.
Virginia "is the place I want to go," Schweitzer said. "It is the place for me. I've thought about it long enough. I like the situation there and it is close to home so my parents can come to games."
Schweitzer completed 63 of 137 passes last season with eight interceptions. He also was an all-Interstate Athletic Conference pitcher in baseball, but said he will concentrate on football at Virginia.
"He's got a chance to be pretty good," St. Stephen's/St. Agnes football coach Gary Schnell said. "He is very strong and he is tough as nails. And he has a real live arm. He has improved his mobility and speed. He is raw, but he has all the tools."
Schweitzer is the second local quarterback in two seasons to commit to the Cavaliers. Bryson Spinner, an All-Met at Episcopal last season, will be a freshman at Virginia this fall. . . .
Cliff Hawkins, a former All-Met basketball player at Potomac (Va.), has unofficially committed to play for New Mexico. Hawkins, a 6-2 senior point guard, will return to Oak Hill Academy at the end of this month.
High School Globetrotters
Eight members of the Montrose Christian boys basketball team are in Taiwan to play in an international tournament. The Rockville private school will play games against all-star teams from the Philippines, Japan, China, Korea and Australia, then will travel to Tokyo to host a clinic for the Japanese Basketball Association.
"This is an opportunity for the kids to travel," new Montrose Christian coach Stu Vetter said recently. "How many high school kids get the opportunity to visit Asia? And we'll tour Tokyo. To me, travel is one of the best educational opportunities there is."
Vetter said the group will return to the United States on Monday. . . .
Bernard Robinson, a 6-6 senior forward who played for Dunbar last season, is one of 12 players on a high school all-star team that is touring Europe. The team will play games in France, Amsterdam and Belgium. Robinson is applying to prep schools for this fall.
T.C. Williams Names Coach
T.C. Williams hired Chavez Mabry as its boys basketball coach. Mabry coached the past two seasons at Nansemond River High in Suffolk, Va., guiding the Warriors to a 31-17 record. He replaces Dwayne Bryant, who left the Alexandria school to take over at Georgetown Prep in Rockville.
Special correspondents Kathy Orton and Nathan Max contributed to this report.