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Terps receive verbal commitment from JUCO defensive end Ulric Jones

Maryland will need to rebuild its defensive line after this season, and the Terps have just landed a player who will help with that effort.

Butler Community College defensive lineman Ulric Jones confirmed that he has orally committed to the Terps.
The 6-foot-6, 290-pound Jones, a three-star prospect, was committed to Mississippi State coming out of high school, but he landed at Butler because of what he described as transcript problems.
Jones, who said he had offers from Alabama and LSU in high school, chose the Terps over offers from No. 1 Mississippi State, California and others.
“I really like [Terps defensive line coach Chad Wilt] as a person and a coach,” Jones said during a phone interview. “Just the relationship we have with each other is a big part of it.”
Jones said Wilt has told him he will have a chance to immediately compete for playing time along Maryland’s defensive line, a unit that will graduate all three of its current starters.
The Oxford, Ala., native said he expects to play defensive end at Maryland, though he said he could see time at defensive tackle as well.

Jones has 43 tackles, 3.5 sacks, three pass breakups and two fumble recoveries in seven games for Butler Community College this season.

“I would describe [myself] as a very physical, aggressive, dominant-type player,” Jones said. “I’ll be honest with you. I’m not that 4.3, 4.4 guy [in the 40-yard dash] that’s going to run around people, but I’m a physical person. That’s what they’re getting out of me. Hopefully I’ll get to Maryland and with great coaching be able to become that speed guy. But right now, I’m just that physical, aggressive-type player.”
Jones said he committed to Wilt and will meet with the rest of the Terps' coaching staff during an official visit after Maryland's season.

"Of course it’s not going to be one of those jobs that’s given to me and all, but I’m going to get out and work and take it,” Jones said. “That’s all I can do is work hard and go get it.”

Scout.com first reported Jones' commitment to Maryland.

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