Terp commit Will Ulmer. Photo from maryland.247sports.com.
I was able to catch up with Maryland commit Will Ulmer, a dual-threat quarterback from St. Johns High School. Ulmer, who committed April 25, said he couldn’t be more excited to be a Terp. Ulmer is looking forward to his college career in the Big Ten. “It’s a huge jump, much better competition. It’ll be tough, but it prepares you better for the NFL.” Ulmer’s dedication and talent may take him there.
During his senior year, Ulmer ran for 1300 yards, passed for 1200 yards, and scored seven touchdowns, thus accomplishing his personal goals. Despite falling short in the WCAC championship to DeMatha, Ulmer stated “beating Gonzaga twice in the same year was a huge accomplishment for us.” Overall, his last high school season is widely considered a success.
Ulmer believes that Maryland is doing a good job of trying to secure local talent and the public perception of the program has gotten more positive over the course of the year. Ulmer will come to a program fresh off their first bowl appearance since 2010. “It’s huge [for Maryland]. With their two best players out, guys stepped up and did what they needed to do. That’s what it takes sometimes.” With a positive perception of the program, Ulmer believes that the effort Maryland has put forth in order to lock up local talent is “definitely paying off.”
As for recruiting, Ulmer said he still gets calls from all 25 schools that recruited him prior to his commitment, but he says, “I’m sold on Maryland.” As a quarterback that holds a 4.31 40-time, there’s no surprise that every school wants him. Ulmer is a close friend with fellow Maryland target Melvin Keihn, who is in his ear about joining the Terps. Ulmer stated Keihn loves Maryland as well as Virginia Tech, but is unsure what is happening behind the scenes.
Ulmer has been repeatedly told he will play quarterback at Maryland. His goals for next year? “Start and be a freshman All-American. He believes his strengths are the “zone-read offense, passing the ball, more balanced, and progression.” He admitted he wants to continue working on his mechanics and getting faster. As his season is now over, he always believed that a player builds and “wins the battles in the offseason and weight room.” I expect Ulmer to be even more improved coming into Maryland next year and really push for the starting job. Although the quarterback position has many quality players, including two seniors in CJ Brown and Ricardo Young, I think Ulmer has the potential to push CJ for the starting job. A redshirt is a possibility, but the staff may be inclined to give Ulmer a good shot at starting. Whatever happens, Ulmer knows he has a great opportunity given to him. “I’ve come a long way. I’m very blessed with the opportunity, I know a lot of people don’t get these chances.” Ulmer will certainly make the most out of his opportunity.