Fairfax All-Met running back Brandon Royster has orally committed to play at Stanford next season.

The 6-foot, 195-pound Royster informed the Stanford coaching staff of his decision Tuesday. He also was recruited heavily by Notre Dame, Virginia and Virginia Tech.

Royster, who was born in San Francisco, said: "They were the best of the best when it came to combining football and academics. Before I went out there, everybody told me that I would love it--and they were right."

Selected by coaches as the Northern Region's player of the year, Royster gained 1,611 yards last season to become Fairfax's all-time leading rusher with more than 5,300 yards and 65 touchdowns. . . .

Robinson defensive end Rafael Fernandes, a 6-1, 205-pounder, has committed to play at Temple. He most likely will play linebacker for the Owls. . . .

River Hill football coach Don Van Deusen is stepping down after four years at the Clarksville, Md., school. Van Deusen's son, Brian, 25, who has served as the team's offensive coordinator, will take over next season.

The elder Van Deusen, 54, will continue to serve as River Hill's athletic director and teach physical education. "During the season, when you're athletic director and football coach, it pulls at you all the time," said Van Deusen, whose four-year record at River Hill was 16-24. "When you start to think about the time you put in, it's time to get out."

P.G. Track Postponed

The Prince George's County indoor track championships scheduled for yesterday at Hagerstown Community College were called off because of the possibility of inclement weather, according to Owen Johnson, the county's supervisor of athletics.