Gar-Field All-Met offensive lineman Flordell Kissee will sign a national letter-of-intent today to play football at Kent State, joining Indians running back Rasheed McClaude as a Golden Flashes signee.
The 6-foot-5, 310-pound Kissee, offered scholarships by Maryland and North Carolina State, among others, said interest from the larger schools waned when he did not achieve the necessary SAT score. Kissee said he will sit out next season to try to improve his academic standing.
Kent State "was willing to stick with me," said Kissee, who helped Gar-Field rush for more than 2,700 yards last season, 1,484 by McClaude.
His commitment was first reported in yesterday's Northern Virginia Journal. . . . Oakton All-Met linebacker Danny Prentice orally committed to Virginia last night, according to his father, Jim Prentice.
The 6-foot-1, 225-pound Prentice was a four-year starter and helped lead the Cougars to their first state title game. . . . Robinson running back Chase Anastasio orally committed to Notre Dame.
DeVoe's Son Recovering
Annapolis junior forward Elliott DeVoe, son of Navy men's basketball coach Don DeVoe, was treated and released at the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore Monday night after hitting his head on the floor in his team's 78-64 win over Glen Burnie.
DeVoe, a 6-foot-5 starter for No. 19 Annapolis, was hurt during a collision in the fourth quarter and continued to play, but he later collapsed in the locker room and experienced seizure-like symptoms. Several X-rays and CAT scans revealed no damage, though, and he was released in a wheelchair around 2 a.m. yesterday.
"In the locker room it was bad, but on the way up in the ambulance he was talking to the paramedics and he started coming around," said Annapolis Coach John Brady, who followed DeVoe to the hospital. "He said he was tired and had a headache. He said he was a little groggy but he walked to the car."
Don DeVoe said he expects his son to start running again in about a week, but was unsure when he would return to action for Annapolis.
Gaithersburg's Parry Steps Back
Gaithersburg's Fran Parry, the Trojans' coach for the past 17 years and last spring's All-Met girls' track coach of the year, resigned Monday, saying he wanted to spend more time with his family.
Under Parry, the Gaithersburg boys' track program has gone undefeated against Maryland 4A competition for 15 seasons, captured 15 regional championships and won four state titles. The girls' team also went undefeated in 4A competition for 10 seasons and won eight regional championships.
Parry will continue as an assistant indoor track coach and assistant football coach.
Capital Classic Tickets on Sale
Tickets for the 30th annual Jordan Capital Classic all-star basketball game, scheduled for April 17 at MCI Center, go on sale at noon today. The Capital Classic will feature two boys' games this year -- a game between top national high school players and a regional game, featuring top Washington area seniors and players who have signed with local colleges.
Rosters for the Capital Classic, whose proceeds benefit the Children's National Medical Center, are scheduled to be released March 4. Ticket prices range from $17.50 to $30 and are available through Ticketmaster.
The results of the National Catholic High School Championships were listed under the wrong sport in Monday's editions. The championships were held in swimming.
Staff writers Preston Williams and Judith Evans contributed to this report.