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December 31, 2008

Fulper discusses Maryland pledge

As Bennett Fulper and his family sat down to watch Maryland play in the Humanitarian Bowl last night, there was a moment of disbelief for the Gretna, Va., offensive lineman.

For the 6-foot-5, 295-pounder, who committed to the Terps last Monday, it was a realization of just how far he had come as a player.

“Yeah that was kind of my thought, knowing I could be up there in a couple of years,” Fulper said. “They did pretty good.”

Fulper was offered by Maryland in the beginning of November. He visited unofficially for the North Carolina State game and made his official trip earlier this month.

“On the official visit, that’s when I kind of decided what I wanted to do,” Fulper said. “I wanted to not [commit] while I was there. I didn’t want to do it until I stepped back, looked at everything and took a good amount of time to measure out all the different things between different schools and evaluate everything.”

Fulper, who was named to the Virginia Group A all-state team, ended up choosing the Terps over Liberty, William & Mary, James Madison and Appalachian State, among others. Fulper was a rare Div. I prospect in Gretna, a town of about 1,300 in southern Virginia between Lynchburg and Danville.

Fulper, who will likely play center in College Park, said he’s looking forward to starting his Maryland career this summer.

“I’m going to try to be as smart as I can on the field and work as hard as I can during the offseason.”

Check Recruiting Report later today for Meet the Recruit with Bennett Fulper.

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Matt Bracken was a lightly recruited football and tennis prospect out of East Lansing (Mich.) High School in 2001, but spurned all (nonexistent) scholarship offers to attend the University of Michigan. Matt graduated from UM in 2005, earned a master's degree in new media journalism from Northwestern University in 2006, and spent the first 11 months of his career as an online producer / videographer / blogger at the Arizona Daily Star in Tucson. He has worked at The Baltimore Sun since July 2007, where he currently serves as the deputy sports editor for digital.

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