Kulka Meets New D-line Coach Wilt

General McLane (Edinboro, Pa.) defensive end Brett Kulka had his first meeting with his new position coach at Maryland, Chad Wilt, Jan. 17. Kulka gave the lowdown on the former Ball State assistant.

The Terps' staff has been out in full force early during the open period, and that includes Maryland's three new assistants, defensive line coach Chad Wilt, offensive line coach Dave DeGuglielmo and receivers coach Keenan McCardell. Last Friday, Jan. 17, Wilt, who came over from Ball State, made one of his first recruiting stops to General McLane HS (Edinboro, Pa.), home of Terps defensive line commit Brett Kulka.

The 6-foot-5, 230-pound three-star prospect said he was eager to meet his new position coach and called him "a great guy." Kulka had developed a rapport with his former position coach and recruiter Greg Gattuso, who is now the head coach at Albany, but he's looking forward to learning from Wilt.

"Coach Wilt came up, and we had a great conversation," Kulka said. "He's very personable, very easy to talk to. He's easy to start a conversation with. He'll pretty much talk to you about anything. We talked about my family, his family; my background, his background; his career and what he's done, how I did this season and how I see my career going. He was a very interesting guy."

Kulka went on to say that Wilt can be both a straight shooter and someone who could potentially be a great salesman for the UMD program.

"He can tell you what you want to hear, and he's definitely someone who you can relate to," Kulka said. "He's a younger guy, 35, so he's not that much older than all of us. But he also seems like the kind of guy that's going to give it to you straight, like he's not going to lie about playing time or role or anything like that. He was telling me I had to come in and work hard, and if I did well I'd get on the field."

Obviously Kulka doesn't know what kind of a coach Wilt is, but he does have an idea what he's in store for. The General McLane end said Wilt "definitely knows what he's talking about" and brings plenty of experience coaching D-linemen. Wilt has been an assistant since 2001, starting at William & Mary before heading to Central Connecticut State, Virginia, Liberty, Richmond and then Ball State. Last year Ball State reached a bowl game, aided by the D-line's 27 sacks.

"[Wilt] said he likes athletic linemen and he likes to develop guys and fit them into roles," Kulka said. "He said he likes to have a deep rotation where a lot of guys play, and he likes to take advantage of what each guy does well. It seems like he's going to push us hard, and I like that."

Besides Wilt, Kulka said Maryland head coach Randy Edsall and a few other UMD staff members were set to visit him Jan. 20. The Pennsylvania end will undoubtedly discuss what's expected of him when he gets to College Park, Md., and what he's up to this offseason.

"I'm actually playing basketball right now, and I'm the starting center," Kulka said. "That's been a lot of fun for me. But I'm actually getting back down to Maryland for their spring game, and I'm looking forward to that.

"I've texted with [Terps commit] Andrew Gray a little bit, and I talked to [Tyler] Burke a good bit on my official visit, so it should be fun to see them all when I get down there."

Kulka is coming off a senior season where he recorded 55 tackles and 10 tackles for loss. He said he had a solid final campaign but has much to work on before he steps on the field at Byrd Stadium.

"My coach is always telling me I'm athletic for my size, and I think that will help me down the road," Kulka said. "But I think I just need to become a better overall player. Size, strength, technique, all of that. I have to keep getting better all-around."

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