"I have committed to Maryland to play football," Nermin Delic said.
The preceding is a statement that almost never took place, and for two very different reasons.
When Delic was a mere 6 years old, his father had both the foresight and the opportunity to get him out of his homeland of Bosnia.
Delic was very young, but don't think for a minute that he lives without a lasting impression.
And don't think for a minute that he has forgotten the man who got him where he is.
"Bosnia was a real urban area and it seemed like the war was everywhere," Delic said. "And for 5 of my 6 years there my father fought that war."
He also fought to get us out of there and if it wasn't for him, none of this would have happened."
The second decision was, believe it or not, for Delic to play football.
The Bruin's gridiron standout also doubles as a big man for his high school basketball team. Starry-eyed and suffering from a case of Hoop Dreams, the 6-5 240 pound athlete had visions of hardwood at the next level, a sentiment quickly brought into perspective by the wiser father.
"My dad said that basketball is fun, but football is your future," he said. "He said that it's a business for me."
Delic realizes that his father's words are one-hundred percent correct and he is all-too aware of the opportunity that lies before him.
One of those opportunities is to learn under a couple of new mentors.
"The coaches are awesome, especially Coaches Bankins and Friedgen," he said. "The facilities are amazing, too."
What position will you be playing?
"I will be playing TE and DE," he shared.
So, do you plan on heading back to the campus?
"Yes Sir, my other visit was just a one-day camp and we are going to go back for an Official Visit."
Will you be taking any other Official Visits?
"I will not be visiting any other schools."
You seem pretty well set on following through with your commitment and attending Maryland.
"Its a place I can see myself," he said. "So I'm done...I'm a Maryland Terrapin."