St. Johns College High (Washington, D.C) three-star quarterback Will Ulmer committed to the University of Maryland on Thursday.
Ulmer said if he had to describe how he was feeling right now in one word it would be, "ready."
And Ulmer was indeed "ready," to make his decision on Wednesday when he and his dad drove out to College Park to meet with Maryland head coach Randy Edsall and offensive coordinator Mike Locksley.
"I kind of partially committed yesterday but I just didn't want to release the news yet," Ulmer said. "I just wanted to talk to my mom, my coach, and some of my close friends about it. So today was kind of the big day."
Ulmer returned to campus this afternoon with both his parents to make the decision official.
"I had a long, long, talk with the Coach Edsall and he was just very excited," Ulmer said. "It was just a right thing for me. It was a good vibe I had because it is somewhere were I know I can succeed and have great opportunities."
Ulmer said his conversation with Coach Edsall and Coach Locksley made him feel even more comfortable with making his decision.
"They were saying it's great that I can lead my class and have opportunity to start and have early playing time," Ulmer said. "They said I was their No. 1 option, No. 1 quarterback they wanted to commit from day one and I am the only quarterback they are bringing in."
Ulmer's parents, who have been a strong support system for him, were also excited about the news.
"They were involved a lot probably 100 percent, they put their all into so I mean for me to be committed is just great for them too." Ulmer said. They were excited too because the recruiting process brought a little bit of stress and anxiety on them, so they just really happy because I am going somewhere that is going to take care of me and develop me as a young man."
The 6-foot-1, 190-pound Ulmer already embracing his role as a leader even before he sets foot on campus.
"The quarterback is the leader of the team, so I am excited to lead this team to a big ten title, it is just a great opportunity," Ulmer said. "I just am excited about being able to lead a school I know I will do real well at "
Ulmer added that while he enjoyed the experience, he is excited to have the process behind him.
"It was cool to go through it and I was blessed with the opportunity, but at the same time I feel relived," Ulmer said. "Now I can focus on my grades and my football team and trying to win the WCAC Championship."
He continued, "Now the grind has stopped, so I can focus on my season and study my play book and everything; just getting back to being a high school kid."
Ulmer joins McDonogh (Owings Mills, Md.) offensive lineman Jared Cohen as the second member of the Terps 2014 class so far, but Ulmer has his sights set on a few more talented prospects.
" I am definitely going to be trying to get all the top guys to come now," said Ulmer, who even has a few specific players in mind. "I like Damian Prince right now and some of the other lineman too so I will be talking to some of the other guys."
Ulmer had 1,200 passing yards and 1,600 rushing yards with 25 total touchdowns last season.
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