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February 9, 2009

Meet Nick Klemm

Nick Klemm didn't want to withdraw his commitment from Boston College.

"I'm a man that likes to stick to my word," said Klemm, an offensive tackle who signed with Maryland last Wednesday.

But when Eagles coach Jeff Jagodzinski was fired after interviewing for the New York Jets job, Klemm had no choice but to consider his options. Ultimately, Jagodzinski's dismissal and the departure of BC offensive line coach Jack Bicknell to the New York Giants, led Klemm to a school he liked even better.

"The coaching turnover led me to go explore other options," Klemm said. "When I saw Maryland, I had something to compare [Boston College] to. The coaching turnover really didn’t have much of an impact. It was more of the comfort level [at UM]."

Here's an introduction to Klemm.

Name: Nick Klemm
Birthdate: April 1, 1991
Birthplace: Marietta, Ga.
Hometown: Marietta, Ga.
Height: 6’7
Weight: 280
Position: Offensive lineman
High School: Wheeler High School
Senior statistics: N/A
Rankings: -- Two stars. -- Two stars.
Bench max: 325
40-yard dash: 5.0
Runner-up: Boston College
Other schools considered: Wake Forest, Purdue, Syracuse
Favorite NFL player: Brett Favre
Favorite NFL team: Green Bay Packers
Favorite all-time Terp: Vernon Davis
Favorite music: Alan Jackson
Favorite book: Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
Favorite movie: Billy Madison
Favorite TV show: My Name is Earl
Favorite food: Steak
Favorite high school class: International business
Favorite thing about College Park: “The campus life.”
Other high school sports: Baseball
Hobbies: Automotives, hunting and fishing
Intended major: Business; finance or accounting
Something that not many people know about you: “Not many people know [my family is all] from Wisconsin. I was born down in Georgia but my parents are from Menomonee Falls, WI. ... We’re probably the only ones [in our family] that don’t live in Wisconsin."
Best football moment: “Beating the No. 1-ranked team in Georgia (Roswell High School) my sophomore year."
Role model: “My father. He’s always giving me good advice about life and how to live it.”
Why Maryland? “Let’s start with the relationships with [offensive line] coach [Tom] Brattan and Coach [Ralph] Friedgen. I got along very well with them. The whole team was very welcoming and I fit in with a bunch of the guys. The campus life and the surrounding area is great. ... The academics and business program [were important]. Overall the academics are very good at Maryland. And that’s all I need."

Click here to read a recap of Klemm's senior season.

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About Matt Bracken

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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