2013 OL Commit Prepping for Next Level

Jajuan Dulaney is having a good senior yea and is putting on weight to compete in ACC.

While many high school seniors are still fishing for offers, 2013 Maryland commit Jajuan Dulaney has the luxury of playing out his final year of high school football with specific goals in mind.

The 6'4”, 255-pound Georgia native got his commitment out of the way over the summer, and now the offensive lineman is trying to prepare for the next level and finish his high school career in style.

“My season's going pretty good,” Dulaney said. “We're undefeated in the league, and we're just performing better and better.”

Dulaney's McEachern Indians have indeed enjoyed a good season thus far, as the team has accumulated a 6-2 record. Dulaney's play has certainly contributed to the team's success, and the future Terp recognized which of his skills will translate to the Division I level.

“How versatile I am, how fast I am,” Dulaney said. “My athleticism and ability to pull and take on linebackers is probably my biggest asset right now.

Though he has the frame to be an Atlantic Coast Conference lineman, some have speculated about whether Dulaney has filled that frame out enough to be able to compete against his future opponents. The speculation hasn't fallen on deaf ears.

“I don't feel physically ready [for college] yet, but there has been progress made since last summer,” Dulaney said. “I'm just continuing to work on it so I'm ready by the time I get to college.”

Besides trying to put on weight and add strength, Dulaney also said he's working on explosiveness and his technique. However, he may already have an advantage when it comes to his first practice in College Park, as the player acknowledged his familiarity with the Maryland system.

“They run the spread and a little pistol,” Dulaney said. “It's the same type of offense we run at my school so I think I'll be pretty comfortable with it.”

Dulaney also said his comfort level with the Maryland coaches in general was the main reason he chose to attend the university next fall.

“I felt at home [with Maryland],” Dulaney said. “The coaches are easy to talk to and remind me of the coaches at my school, so we already have a good relationship.”

“I feel like [the coaches] have done a great job bringing in players,” Dulaney continued. “Once we're there I think we're going to be able to help the team because there's a lot of talent.”

Coach Randy Edsall has managed to put together a 2013 recruiting class that is generating a lot of buzz among Terps fans, and if it's up to Dulaney that trend will only continue. He said he's trying to recruit his teammate, 2014 wide receiver Malik Williams, to get on the Terps bandwagon too. Nevertheless, before Dulaney gets to College Park the most pressing issue is how soon he thinks he can get on the field.

“I don't really know,” Dulaney said about his first year playing time prospects. “But I'm told there will be spots open to compete for, and I just plan on coming in and competing.”

With eight freshman offensive lineman and only two seniors on Maryland's current roster, competition should be fierce from day one next season. As for this year, Dulaney, like many others, is impressed with the 4-2 (2-0) start the Terps have gotten off to.

“I'm feeling good [about their season],” Dulaney said. “I think they have a good chance at becoming an ACC champion.”

Such a result would electrify College Park, and a taste of that excitement is one of the main things that has Dulaney in eager anticipation of his collegiate experience.

“Just the college atmosphere,” Dulaney said. “That's something I'm really looking forward to.”

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