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Meet the Recruit: Terps defensive line commitment Roman Braglio

By Matt Bracken

The Baltimore Sun

12:54 PM EST, January 30, 2012

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This is part of a series of 2012 Maryland football commitment Q&As leading up to Signing Day on Feb. 1. All answers are provided by the featured player.

Name: Roman Braglio
Birthdate: June 28, 1993
Birthplace: Woodstock, Md.
Hometown: Woodstock, Md.
Height: 6-4
Weight: 240
Position: Defensive end
Nickname: None
High School: McDonogh
Senior statistics: 83 tackles and 16 sacks

Rankings: Rivals.com -- Three-star prospect, No. 16 player in Maryland. Scout.com -- Three-star prospect, No. 67 defensive end. ESPN.com -- Three-star prospect, No. 12 player in Maryland, No. 66 defensive end, 78 rating. 247Sports.com -- Three-star prospect, No. 23 player in Maryland, No. 56 strong-side defensive end, 83 rating.
Bench max: 320
Squat: 500
Clean: 275
40-yard dash: 4.65
Runner-up: West Virginia
Other schools considered: Penn State, Boston College, Virginia, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Rutgers
Favorite NFL player: Jared Allen
Favorite NFL team: Baltimore Ravens
Favorite music: Country
Favorite book: The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
Favorite movie: Forrest Gump
Favorite TV: Discovery Channel
Favorite food: Steak
Favorite high school class: History
Favorite thing about College Park: “How everything is real close together. The stadium is in the middle of the [campus], and everything is kind of close together.”

Other high school sports: Wrestling, Track (shot put)
Hobbies: Fishing, hunting, working on cars
Intended major: Business
Something that not many people know about you: “The only thing I can think of was when I was really young, some of my dad’s friends told him that their daughters were doing pageants. They told me I couldn’t win a pageant. So my dad put me in a pageant and I won the whole thing. It was a bunch of little kids. There was a guys pageant and a girls pageant, and then a tournament-like coed final. I ended up winning between the guys and girls. I got a crown and bunch of trophies. I was so young, like 6, so I didn’t talk or anything. I literally just walked around.”

Best football moment: “I had an interception for a touchdown against Gonzaga, probably the first game of my senior year. That was a pretty big moment. First touchdown I ever scored.”
Role model: “My dad and my brother. My brother inspired me to play football. My dad started a business around the same time I was born. He’s just a great father and role model for what I’d like to follow in my life.”
Why Maryland? “Maryland was the best choice for me because the coaching staff made me feel at home. I have a great relationship with coach [Greg] Gattuso, who coaches the defensive line. Coach [Randy] Edsall, I think, is a great coach. He did great things at UConn. I love the Maryland community. I also feel like I fit the type of defense they run. It’s the same defense they run at my high school. I’ve succeeded in that defense and feel like I can do well in theirs.”