With national signing day only days away, preview the Terps' class of 2014 with a handy, commit-by-commit guide. Prospect profiles will run all the way through Wednesday (Feb. 5), when players can officially sign a national letter of intent. (SEE THEM ALL HERE.)
Position: Dual-threat quarterback/athlete
Measurables: 6 feet 1, 190 pounds, 4.31 40-yard dash
High school: St. John’s College (D.C.)
Recruiter: Mike Locksley
Finalists: Nebraska, Ohio State
Rankings: 247: 3*, No. 8 dual-threat QB
Rivals: 3*, No. 35 ATH
ESPN: 4*, No. 47 ATH
Stats/honors: 446 passing yards, 148 carries for 921 rushing yards, six catches for 63 receiving yards, 10 total touchdowns (one passing); honorable mention All-Met by The Washington Post, Under Armour All-American
Quoted for emphasis: “[I’ll tell recruits that] ‘I’m a great quarterback, we’re going to be good.’”
Breakdown: With Jared Cohen (McDonogh) off the board, Ulmer technically becomes the class’ first commit, 2013 holdovers notwithstanding. It’s a fine honor, a distinction any recruit would be happy to embrace. Here’s one he probably won’t: most likely to change position. The Terps recruited UImer as a dual-threat quarterback, and his career plans haven’t seemed to change. He played under center last year, even as his passing and rushing totals dropped off from his junior season’s. He could remain under center this year, but with what chance to play? C.J. Brown is the incumbent starter, and Ulmer likely would be no higher than No. 4 on the preseason depth chart. Beyond 2014, his skills at the position would become almost redundant if a certain father-son reunion happens. Wide receiver makes the most sense.
That’s him dabbling out wide at the Under Armour All-America Game. Do you know who else played quarterback in high school, only to trade play calls for catching balls in college? How convenient: Keenan McCardell.