Letter Of Intent Signees
Terp football signs 19.
Feb. 4, 1998
Todd Wike Position: TE Height: 6-3 Weight: 240 Hometown: Lebanon, Pa. High School: Lebanon High School Coach: Tom Jordan
Earned All-America honors from USA Today, SuperPrep, PrepStar and the National Recruiting Advisor ... in addition, he was named to the Harrisburg (Pa.) Patriot-News all-star team, second team All-State and All-County as a tight end, linebacker and punter ... as a senior in 1997, he had 14 receptions for 197 yards (13.8 average) and five touchdowns ... from his linebacker spot, he had 113 total tackles, including 63 solo stops ... also connected on three field goals, with a long of 42 yards ... received scholarship offers from 18 Division I-A schools, including Virginia, NC State, Georgia Tech, Wake Forest, Clemson, Northwestern, Stanford and Michigan State ... was the first freshman to earn a varsity letter in the 100-year history of Lebanon's football program ... as a junior, set conference records for receptions, yards and touchdowns ... was a first team all-league punter and kicker his sophomore season ... is ranked No. 2 academically in his senior class ... member of the student council ... also plays on the basketball team, which opened the 1997-98 season by going 16-1.
Vanderlinden Comments: "Todd was the first player to commit to Maryland last August. Todd received numerous scholarship offers during his junior year. He first visited the Maryland campus for our first Saturday spring practice. Todd liked our campus, the academic opportunities at Maryland, and felt comfortable with our coaches. He returned to our campus three more times during the spring and summer months. Maryland had everything Todd was looking for in a school, and an early commitment would allow him to put all of his focus into his senior season of football and basketball. Athletically, Todd is everything we are looking for in a tight end. He has the size, aggressiveness, and athleticism to be both an effective blocker and receiver in our passing game. Todd also is the top student in our recruiting class, having a perfect 4.0 GPA and well over a 1300 on the SAT. Todd plans to major in pre-med curriculum at the University of Maryland."
First team All-State selection and a first team All-Daily Press choice as a senior in 1997 ... led his team in tackles, totaling 98 solos and 42 assisted stops ... also had two interceptions and four fumble recoveries ... led York High in tackles as a junior, when he captured honorable mention All-State honors ... three-year starter and two-time team captain ...... helped his team to a 9-4 record and the state semifinals as a junior in 1996 ... also excels in the sport of track and field, earning All-State honors in the shot put his junior season ... recruited by West Virginia and Virginia Tech.
Vanderlinden Comments: "Many times the best defensive linemen in college come from oversized linebackers with above average mobility. Todd fits this description. He is flexible, has the ability to uncoil and explode on contact, and is athletic. Todd loves to play the game of football, and plays with a great deal of enthusiasm and intensity."
Started every game at cornerback during his two seasons at Lackawanna Junior College in Scranton, Pa., while playing for former Terrapin Mark Duda (1979-82) ... named honorable mention All-Northeast Football Conference in 1997 ... totaled 29 solo tackles and 14 assists as a sophomore ... helped Lackawanna to a 9-2 record, a Northeast Football Conference title, and a berth in the Dixie Rotary Bowl in St. George, Utah ... as a freshman in 1996, he recorded 35 total tackles (28 solos), one interception and one sack ... also recruited by Wisconsin, Pitt and Michigan State ... is a 1996 graduate of football power Huguenot High School (Richmond, Va.), where he earned all-district and all-city recognition as a senior. ... plans to major in business.
Vanderlinden Comments: "Renard has played bump-and-run coverage since his days at Huguenot High School. He continued that style of play at Lackawanna Junior College. Renard has the speed, size, athleticism and experience to make a smooth transition to corner in the ACC, and should be able to provide us with immediate help at that position."
First team All-State selection in 1997 by the New York sportswriters association ...rated New York's No. 8 prospect overall by SuperPrep, the No. 8 offensive line prospect in the Big East Region in the preseason by PrepStar and the No. 14 overall prospect in the state by Tom Lemming ... started every game for four seasons ... played both ways (offensive tackle and defensive tackle) in addition to handling his team's placekicking and punting chores ... selected to the "Golden 50" squad, an all-star game matching the top players from New York and New Jersey ... also was named a Section IV Conference all-star ... as a defensive player he totaled 20 career sacks and eight fumble recoveries ... recruited by Michigan State, Rutgers and Ole Miss. ... plans to major in sport management.
Vanderlinden Comments: "Matt has the size, temperament and athleticism displayed by his ability on the basketball court to be an outstanding offensive lineman. Matt loves the game of football and is highly motivated."
Named second team All-State and the Star-Gazette (Elmira, N.Y.) co-Player of the Year as a senior in 1997 ... rated New York's No. 5 prospect overall by SuperPrep ... played wingback and defensive back ... caught 24 passes for 482 yards and seven touchdowns in addition to rushing for 948 yards and 14 touchdowns on just 95 carries ... helped his high school team to the consecutive Section 4 Class AA titles as a junior and senior ... a player with 4.4 speed, Gary scored eight touchdowns of 40 yards or more, including runs of 62, 61, 59, 51 and 43 yards ... was recruited by Syracuse, Wisconsin and Georgia Tech ... first name is pronounced "Julian."
Vanderlinden Comments: "When watching tape on Guilian, the first thing you notice are his fluid hips. Guilian definitely has the ability to make a defender miss him in the open field. Guilian possesses big-play potential when he has the ball in his hands. He also is a return specialist."
Four-year starter who played on four league championship teams ... started at middle linebacker/running back his last three years after starting at outside linebacker as a freshman ... senior honors included All-America recognition from PrepStar and honorable mention All-American (USA Today), first team All-County (Aegis, Sporting Times), and first team All-Metro (Baltimore Sun) accolades ... was named Harford County Male Athlete of the Year by the Aegis newspaper ... played on teams that compiled a four-year record of 36-7, winning or sharing county championships all four seasons and capturing a regional title in '96 ... as a senior, he totaled 148 tackles, six sacks and three fumble recoveries in addition to rushing for 1,127 yards and 15 touchdowns from the running back position ... was nominated to play in the Chesapeake Classic all-star game ... an All-County (Aegis, Sporting Times) selection as a junior in basketball, he is his team's leading scorer and rebounder as a senior after leading the team in rebounding in 1996-97 ... recruited by West Virginia, North Carolina State, Boston College and Rutgers ... plans to major in business.
Vanderlinden Comments: "Having gaine more than 1,000 yards as a tailback, E.J. has the speed, the size, and the temperament to be an outstanding college linebacker. E.J. is also an outstanding basketball player on a very successful Aberdeen basketball team."
Earned honorable mention All-County and honorable mention all-league honors as a senior in 1997 ... totaled 114 tackles, including 87 solos, and also had seven sacks, four fumble recoveries and four caused fumbles ... nominated to play in the Chesapeake Classic all-star game and the Mason-Dixon Classic ... two-way starter (DT/OT) as a senior ... his team won county and regional championships and lost in the state final his junior season ... recruited by North Carolina State, West Virginia and North Carolina ... a player with outstanding athleticism ... has made dramatic strides in just two seasons of playing organized football ... was noticed on the basketball court by the football coach, who encouraged him to play football beginning his junior season ... has played three years of varsity basketball ... plans to major in civil engineering.
Vanderlinden Comments: "Growing up Charles' main sport was basketball, where his dream was to play major college basketball. Unfortunately for the basketball community, Charles stopped growing at 6-3. Going into his junior year, Charles' football coach convinced him that football might be his sport. Charles is an outstanding athlete who can dunk a basketball in any conceivable way. He has the potential and athleticism to be an outstanding defensive lineman."
Named first team All-Met by the Washington Post, first team All-State (coaches), honorable mention All-American by USA Today, and a SuperPrep all-region choice in 1997 ... also was named to George Michael's "Golden 11" all-star team ... as an offensive tackle, he was rated the top lineman in the state by Tom Lemming and the No. 3 offensive line prospect in the ACC region by the National Recruiting Advisor and PrepStar ... Centreville won a district title and finished runner-up in the region while posting a 10-2 record in 1997 ... also recruited by Virginia, Virginia Tech, Florida and Penn State, among others ... plans to major in business.
Vanderlinden Comments: "Bob is one of the few players that we offered a scholarship as a junior. Bob has the athleticism to play either tackle or guard. Bob was also well-coached in an outstanding in an outstanding program at Centreville High School in Virginia."
Captured Gainesville Sun Defensive Player of the Year honors as a senior ... also named All-State, All-District and All-Area in addition to pulling down team MVP honors ... totaled 82 tackles and four interceptions while playing outside linebacker and safety ... on offense, he totaled 512 yards ... as a junior, he earned All-Area and second team All-State recognition ... participated on the track and field team, helping the school's 4x100 meter relay team to a second place state finish in 1997 ... recruited by Alabama.
Vanderlinden Comments: "Rod is as complete a football player as there is. He excels on both sides of the ball and as a return specialist. As a defensive back, I have never seen a player who delivers more bone-crushing hints
Three-year varsity starter who played both offensive tackle and defensive end ... as a senior in 1997, he was a first team All-Quad South selection at defensive end after leading his team in sacks (7) and totaling 89 tackles ... he helped Hempfield to the first playoff win in school history in 1997 ... Hempfield also reached the playoffs in consecutive seasons for the first time in 42 years ... was selected to the Foothill Classic all-star game and was nominated for the Big 33 all-star game ... as a junior, he was a first team all-league selection as an offensive tackle ... he started at offensive tackle as a sophomore ... is averaging 17 points per game on the basketball team ... his father played football at Kentucky and is a former high school football coach ... plans to major in education.
Named the Central Florida Player of the Year and a third-team All-State selection in 1997 ... selected to SuperPrep's all-regional team ... was recruited by Florida and Syracuse for football, and Kansas, Central Florida and South Florida for basketball ... completed 72 of 125 passes for 1,312 yards, 21 touchdowns and just two interceptions as a senior .. led team to a 10-1 record and district and conference championships ... selected to play in the North-South all-star game ... as a junior, he played safety and starred for the top-rated defense in central Florida, earning second team All-State honors ... is currently averaging 18 ppg for the basketball team ... plans to major in psychology.
Earned second-team All-Met (Washington Post) recognition and first team All-Prince George's County honors as a senior linebacker ...a multi-purpose player in high school who played a variety of positions, including tight end, fullback, wide receiver, running back, linebacker, safety and kick returner ... posted 104 total tackles (36 solos), five sacks, three blocked kicks and one interception in '97... also had 20 receptions for 339 yards and two touchdowns ... returned six kickoffs for 171 yards (28.5 average), including a 70-yard TD ... also returned a blocked punt for a score ... was a preseason Street & Smith's All-American ... as a junior, he earned second team All-Met honors after helping lead his team to a 10-1 record ... during his sophomore season, Potomac finished 11-2 and reached the state championship game ... also lettered in basketball and track and field ... was recruited by Florida, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Syracuse and Michigan State.
Named first team All-Washington Catholic Athletic Conference, All-Prince George's County, second team All-Met by the Washington Post and honorable mention All-American by USA Today as a senior in 1997 ... helped his high school team to an 11-1 record as a senior ... recorded five interceptions, returning one for a touchdown, and also returned a punt for a TD ... caught two TD passes at the wide receiver position ... as a junior in 1996, he had four interceptions in helping the Stags to an 8-2 mark ... was a member of the track team that set the school record in the 4x100 meter relay (42.6).
Rushed for 1,205 yards and 12 touchdowns while setting a school record with 181 carries as a senior in 1997 ... caught eight passes for 123 yards and two touchdowns ... rated New York's No. 3 prospect overall by SuperPrep ... earned All-Long Island, All-County and All-Division honors as a senior after capturing second team All-State, All-Long Island, All-County and All-Division accolades his junior season ... was the recipient of the Hanson Award as the best player in Suffolk County as a junior ... during his career, he set school marks for rushing yards (2,820), carries (371), touchdowns (31) and average yards per carry (7.6) ... considered one of the best players ever to come out of Longwood High ... was a threat to score every time he touched the ball, according to his coach ... also recruited by Penn State, Ohio State, Virginia, Georgia Tech, NC State, Syracuse, Boston College, Michigan State and Wisconsin.
Selected first team All-Baltimore County as a senior in 1997 ... played both defensive end and fullback ... led the team with eight sacks as a senior in addition to rushing for 351 yards and five touchdowns on just 57 carries ... played in the Baltimore County Senior All-Star game ... as a junior in 1996, he led the team to its first winning season in 10 years, registering four sacks and rushing for 375 yards and two touchdowns ... was selected first team All-Baltimore County as a linebacker ... also lettered in basketball and track ... is a member of the yearbook and school paper staffs.
Started every game on the defensive line during his two seasons at Lackawanna Junior College in Scranton, Pa. ... played under former Terp Mark Duda (1979-82) ... totaled 11 sacks in his two-year JC career ... named first team All-Northeast Football Conference as a sophomore in 1997 after registering five sacks, 33 solo tackles, and 28 assists ... helped Lackawanna to a 9-2 record and a Northeast Football Conference championship in 1997 ... Lackawanna was ranked as high as eighth in the nation and played in the Dixie Rotary Bowl in St. George, Utah ... as a freshman, he had six sacks and 48 total tackles in addition to recovering three fumbles ... also played baseball in junior college, earning region all-star recognition in 1997 after leading Lackawanna in home runs (4) and RBIs (31) ... played four years of football, baseball and wrestling at Lake Forest High School in Felton, Del. ... was a state champion in wrestling as a senior ... recruited by Arkansas ... plans to major in business administration.
Named first team All-Prince George's County as a wide receiver, second team All-Met (Washington Post) as a kick returner, and second team All-State in 1997 ... was an all-region choice by PrepStar ... caught 35 passes for 720 yards (20.6 average) and 11 touchdowns ... had three interceptions as a defensive back ... led Suitland to a 12-1 record and an appearance in the state title game ... was named honorable mention all-county ... also competed in track and field ... from the same high school as current Maryland running back LaMont Jordan ... recruited by Virginia.
A foreign exchange student from Cameroon who was named second team All-Washington Catholic Athletic Conference choice as a senior in 1997, his first year of playing organized football ... totaled 47 tackles, eight sacks and two fumble recoveries ... also recruited by Mississippi and Marshall ... speaks three languages (German, French, English) ... last name is pronounced "shimmy."
Three-time first team All-DCIAA selection, honorable mention All-Met (Washington Post) selection, and a SuperPrep all-region choice as a senior in 1997 ... led the D.C. area in interceptions (9) as a senior ... helped his team to the city championship game ... will join his brother, Todd, who was a sophomore defensive back for the Terps this past season ... was a three-year starter who totaled 18 interceptions, 157 tackles and seven fumble recoveries during his career ... also plays basketball and baseball and runs track ... played high school football under his father, Willie Stewart, who is Anacostia's head coach ... was recruited by Indiana, Wake Forest and Marshall.