St. John's quarterback Will Ulmer has committed to the Terps, becoming Maryland's highest-rated quarterback recruit in at least a decade.
Ulmer, ranked the No. 3 dual-threat quarterback in the Class of 2014 per 247Sports, chose Maryland over a lengthy list of suitors; he’d received scholarship offers nearly every school in the ACC along with Ohio State, Wisconsin, Nebraska and a host of other BCS programs.
“I could be the guy up there .... They really want to have me up there. They say they’ve made me a priority,” Ulmer told IMS in an interview earlier this year.“
Ulmer, the third-ranked player in D.C. and No. 203 in the country, threw for 1,245 yards and 10 touchdowns as a junior. His prized asset, though, is his athleticism – he rushed for 1,412 yards and 15 touchdowns. He’s got exceptional speed for a quarterback, checking in at 4.4 seconds in the 40-yard dash. Assuming he sticks to his commitment, he’ll be the most heralded quarterback to sign with Maryland since Jordan Steffy in 2004.
Maryland’s coaching staff also is likely hoping Ulmer’s commitment will create a domino effect on its home turf; after signing a highly regarded group of locals last cycle, the Terps have just one other 2014 commitment in McDonogh (Baltimore) lineman Jared Cohen.
“I like that it’s close to home and I can play in front of a lot of people that I’ve played in front of during my high school career. Old coaches can come and see me,” Ulmer said in an earlier interview. “Also, it would be great to do big things for the hometown school.”