After last season, when four different starters under center went down with season-ending injuries, Maryland Coach Randy Edsall probably believes there’s no such thing as having too many quarterbacks.
On Thursday, the Terrapins added another signal-caller to their future roster when St. John’s junior Will Ulmer committed to the program. The dual-threat quarterback had no shortage of interest elsewhere, garnering offers from the likes of Florida State, Miami, Nebraska, Rutgers, Virginia Tech and Wisconsin. But the draw of playing at a program that is not only close to home but felt that way, too, won Ulmer over in the end.
“I felt comfortable with it. Every time I go up, I just feel more and more that I’m supposed to be there,” Ulmer said in a Monday phone interview. “I feel I can adapt real well, get on the field very early and help win the national title or just help build the whole program up.”
Edsall and Maryland offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Mike Locksley agreed, making clear their strong interest in Ulmer during lengthy discussions with him and his parents on Wednesday and Thursday in College Park. Ulmer said he was sold on Wednesday but didn’t officially commit to the Terps until the next day, after talking it over with his mom and family.
“They made it clear that I’m the guy they wanted and I just felt very well respected and comfortable with my decision,” Ulmer said. “I don’t think they’ve had a highly ranked quarterback recruit in a while, so I just want to compete and get on the field early.”
Ulmer totaled 1,874 yards and 19 touchdowns for the Cadets this past fall. Most of Ulmer’s yards came on the ground, as he averaged 112 yards per game behind high speed and shifty moves in open space.
“He has tremendous athletic ability as well as a desire to improve and he works on his craft,” Cadets Coach Joe Patterson said. “He’s able to make the type of plays with his feet that I haven’t come across in the past and when called upon, he’s a capable passer. If he continues to trust his speed and work on his ability with quick passes in the screen game, he’ll have a lot of success in the future.”
Ulmer is the second player to commit to Maryland’s 2014 class, joining McDonogh offensive lineman Jared Cohen. Three of the Terps four quarterbacks from last season are sophomores, which could make for a crowded depth chart by the time Ulmer arrives. But the St. John’s quarterback isn’t worried. He’s simply looking to continue developing in his senior campaign at St. John’s before serving as another weapon at Maryland.
“I feel like I’m a dynamic player, which means whenever I have the ball in my hands, I want to throw a touchdown or run a touchdown,” Ulmer said. “I just try to make people miss in open space and do my thing.”
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