Eleanor Roosevelt quarterback Shawn Petty tries to elude Wise’s Jaiyen Franklin in a September 2010 game. (James A. Parcell/FOR WASHINGTON POST)

Petty, who is 6 feet 3 and 230 pounds, joined the linebackers, earned his first scholarship offer and this past weekend committed to play for Maryland.

“I don’t think he really cared what he played in college, he just wanted to go to the best school,” Roosevelt Coach Tom Green said. “He didn’t want to wait and see [what other colleges] did.”

Petty began last season starting at quarterback and linebacker before a broken collarbone forced him to most of the second half of the regular season. When he returned for the regular season finale and the playoffs, Petty played only on offense because Green did not want to risk injury to his star player.

With commitments from rising seniors Perry Hills of Pittsburgh and Caleb Rowe of Greer, S.C., Maryland was not in need of another quarterback recruit, but the Terrapins had room for another linebacker prospect.