Anxiety ends for some undrafted local football players

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Travis Baltz was one of hundreds of undrafted players from April’s NFL draft who waited three months for the league to lift its lockout.

Anxiety built as day after day passed. Every bit of news he heard, it turned out, wasn’t true.

“It’s been kind of crazy, not knowing the entire time,” the former Maryland punter said Tuesday from Indianapolis after agreeing to a deal with the Colts. “It seemed like media reports always said they were close and this could be the week. Then it wasn’t [that] week the entire way. It was hard to know.”

He finally received an answer — and a destination — Monday afternoon, handling the business end of his career while navigating traffic on Chicago’s Dan Ryan Expressway while driving back from a kicking camp in Whitewater, Wis. After stopping at his home outside of Toledo, Ohio, it was on to Indianapolis for the whirlwind of camp.

The four-year starter with the Terps (who also handled kicking duties as a senior) will reunite with former Maryland special teams coordinator Ray Rychleski, who helped recruit Baltz to Maryland and now is an assistant with the Colts.

Joining Baltz in Indianapolis is linebacker Adrian Moten, a two-year Terps starter who had 77 tackles and four interceptions as a senior.

Alex Wujciak, twice a first team all-ACC pick at linebacker, signed with Cleveland. Wujciak led the Terps in tackles with 117 last season and finished his career with 381.

Also agreeing to terms were wide receiver LaQuan Williams (Baltimore) and tight end Will Yeatman (New England). Williams had six catches for 101 yards and two touchdowns last season. Yeatman, who began his career at Notre Dame and also played two seasons of lacrosse at Maryland, had 13 receptions, 134 yards and a touchdown in his lone season with the Terps.

That group joins wide receiver Torrey Smith (Baltimore, second round) and tailback Da’Rel Scott (New York Giants, seventh round), who were drafted in April.

In addition, former Maryland quarterback Josh Portis, who played the last two seasons at Division II California (Pa.), signed with Seattle.

Elsewhere regionally, Indianapolis native and former Virginia Tech tailback Darren Evans signed with the Colts. Evans rushed for 2,119 yards and 22 touchdowns over two seasons with the Hokies, piling up 1,265 yards as Virginia Tech’s primary starter in 2008. He missed 2009 with a knee injury, then led the Hokies in rushing as a redshirt junior.

Other members of Virginia Tech’s ACC title team who agreed to free agent deals included defensive end Steven Friday (Houston), defensive tackle John Graves (Houston), kicker Chris Hazley (Buffalo), safety Davon Morgan (New York Jets), tight end Andre Smith (Chicago), punter Brian Saunders (Jacksonville) and center Beau Warren (St. Louis).

Virginia defensive end Zane Parr, who passed up his final year of eligibility and went undrafted, signed with Houston. Two other former Cavaliers - long snapper Danny Aiken (Buffalo) and wide receiver Dontrelle Inman (Jacksonville) - also agreed to terms.

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