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Schmand to play for William & Mary

The next time Terrance Schmand drops back to throw a pass it will be for William & Mary. The All-Western New York quarterback from St. Joe's verbally committed to the Atlantic 10 school after his visit to Williamsburg, Va. over the weekend. He will sign his national letter of intent on Feb. 7.

Schmand was recommended to The Tribe by former University at Buffalo coach Jim Hofher (2001-2005), who was in Ralph Wilson Stadium in November when Schmand threw for 330 yards and four touchdowns against St. Francis in the championship game.

"He talked to them for me. I guess I need to send him a thank-you note," said Schmand, who is 6-foot-4 and 199 pounds.

Hofher has a long friendship with William & Mary head coach Jimmye Laycock, who has been at the helm for 27 years. Laycock liked what he saw of Schmand on film and invited him to visit the historic college.

Schmand didn't have a big year as a junior working for him in the eyes of college scouts. He played sparingly behind Western New York Player of the Year Naaman Roosevelt. Schmand only started his senior year, but what a year it was. He threw for a school-record 2,212 yards to break Roosevelt's mark of 2,112. He had four 300-yard passing games on his way to completing 160 of 271 passes.

"A lot of colleges already had players on their board. I was just kind of hoping someone would see me," he said. "[William & Mary] called me a couple weeks ago out of the blue."

Schmand did not make any official NCAA visits. His only other offer was to walk on at Syracuse, and he said he considered prep school. He said he will likely redshirt his freshman year.

During his visit to the school his host was a junior quarterback on the team. He told Schmand they throw the ball 60 percent of the time. "I'm going to like being a part of that," he said.

Lackawanna's Marcus Rivers will decide soon among Syracuse, Temple and UB, all of which offered him scholarships after he made official visits to the schools, according to Lackawanna coach Bruce Lakso. Division I-AA powers New Hampshire, Maine and Appalachian State also offered scholarships to the 6-4, 190-pound Rivers, who was a first-team All-Western New York selection at defensive back.

e-mail: mmonnin@buffnews.com

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