This is part of a series of 2009 Maryland football commitment Q&As leading up to Signing Day on Feb. 4. All answers are provided by the featured player. Click here for previous entries in the series.
Name: Pete deSouza
Birthdate: Oct. 14, 1990
Birthplace: San Francisco, Calif.
Hometown: Silver Spring
Nicknames: Big Pete or Iggy
Position: Offensive tackle
High School: DeMatha
Senior statistics: N/A
Rankings: Rivals.com -- Three stars, No. 60 offensive tackle, No. 18 player in Maryland. Scout.com -- Three stars, No. 69 offensive tackle.
Bench max: 335
40-yard dash: 5.3
Other schools considered: West Virginia, Rutgers, Virginia, Syracuse, Akron, Boston College, Miami, North Carolina.
Favorite NFL player: Albert Haynesworth (current), Jonathan Ogden (former)
Favorite NFL team: San Francisco 49ers
Favorite all-time Terp: Boomer Esiason
Favorite music: Lil Wayne, TI
Favorite book: The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game by Michael Lewis
Favorite movie: 300
Favorite TV show: The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Favorite food: Sushi
Favorite high school class: Psychology
Favorite thing about College Park: "The fact that it's near my house. It's like 20 minutes away from my house. And I also heard there's a rock-climbing spot in College Park. I want to check that out."
Other high school sports: None
Hobbies: "I like watching a lot of movies, playing video games, playing basketball."
Intended major: Psychology or communications
Something that not many people know about you: "I'm a really nice guy. I'm laidback, chilled."
Best football moment: "Winning the [Washington Catholic Athletic Conference] championship my senior year."
Role model: "My mom because she's been there since day one and she's helped me grow up. She's helped me in tough times and in good times. I had coaches that helped me out, but she was really there."
Why Maryland? "It was home. It was also the fact that I was comfortable there. I had a relationship with the coaches. I didn't have a bond with the other coaches like I did with the coaches from Maryland."