Maryland added more defensive help on Saturday, picking up Morristown (N.J.) Lawrenceville Prep linebacker Ben Pooler. The 6-foot-1, 222-pounder gave his verbal pledge to the Terrapins after consideration from schools including Virginia, Rutgers, Syracuse and others.
"I talked to coach Sollazzo on Saturday and committed to Maryland then," he said. "I think he kind of knew I would do it, I just needed to get a feeling for everything. I could tell he was very happy."
What made the three-star prospect select the Terps?
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"It was a combination of everything that made it perfect for me," he stated. "I get along with the coaching staff really well. The coaches respect their players and I particularly appreciate their hospitality. I know people that have gone there before and I just like the feeling I get when I'm there."
Pooler claims the coaches were a big factor in his decision.
"I like all of them and they were very influential," he said. "I like how excited they are about football and how they treat their players. They didn't force me into a decision, but instead let me make it on my own time. I also love their intensity because they aren't mean, they just care."
The No. 16 player in the Garden State is expected to come in as a linebacker.
"The coaches didn't really discuss playing time, but they told me if I'm ready I'll be able to play," he said. "I think I'm probably physically ready. I'm likely one of their biggest linebackers and I have good speed, but I know the game is more mental than physical.
"That's why I've got to work on staying at a good weight. I'm down to 222-pounds and I want to stay there because I feel better and am a lot faster. I also want to continue to work out to get ready for college."
Pooler had a final comment to Terrapin fans.
"I'm ready to play in front of a lot of people," he said. "I'm really excited to go and do all I can for their program. Go Terps!"