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: Shawn Petty
Birthdate: June 28, 1993
Height: 6-2 ½
High School: Eleanor Roosevelt
Senior statistics: 1,300 yards passing, 15 touchdowns and four interceptions. 550 yards rushing and 10 scores. 50 tackles, four sacks, three forced fumbles and two interceptions.
Rankings: Rivals.com -- Two-star prospect. Scout.com -- Two-star prospect, No. 150 outside linebacker. ESPN.com -- Two-star prospect, No. 42 player in Maryland, No. 168 athlete, 73 rating. 247Sports.com -- Two-star prospect, No. 37 player in Maryland, No. 160 athlete, 77 rating.
Bench max: 305
40-yard dash: 4.6
Other schools considered:
Favorite NFL player: Tim Tebow
Favorite NFL team: Miami Dolphins
Favorite all-time Terp: Shawne Merriman
Favorite music: Rick Ross
Favorite movie: Paid in Full
Favorite TV show: Fresh Prince of Bel Air
Favorite food: Rice and gravy
Favorite high school class: English
Favorite thing about College Park: "It's just a really nice campus and it's close to home. That's the best part about it. And the football facilities."
Other high school sports: Basketball
Hobbies: Playing video games, working out
Intended major: Undecided
Something that not many people know about you: "I'm not a loud or talkative person. A lot of people see me as outgoing, but I'm not really talkative."
Best football moment: "Beating Suitland this year. We were both undefeated the last game of the season, and we beat them and clinched the first 4A spot."
Role model: "It would be my cousin and godbrother Gerald. I consider him my brother. And my father. Gerald because I grew up with him. He's always just a positive person to look up to. He played college football [at Charleston Southern] and almost had a chance to play in the NFL – maybe he still will. And my dad just because he's always been there for me, which you don't really see a lot of today."
Why Maryland? "Because it's close to home and my mom lives right down the street. And my dad coaches at Howard, so it'll be easy to get to both of our games and split time between the both of us. It's just a nice school. It's got up-and-coming, good football. Hopefully we can just keeping moving the program forward."