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Prep standout who fled from the law snubbed by colleges

J.B. Kulik, considered one of Pennsylvania's top prep quarterbacks until eluding authorities to enroll in a Texas prep school, has been bypassed by college football recruiters. James Morton, the football coach at the Marine Military Academy in Harlingen, Texas, said Southern Methodist expressed some interest in Kulik several months ago, but hasn't contacted him since.

St. Mary's University, an NAIA school, also showed an interest in Kulik for basketball after he averaged 25 points per game in the Texas private school playoffs.

Kulik has been accepted by Harvard and plans to apply to West Point and the Air Force Academy despite his past problems with the law, MMA officials said.

Kulik was considered one of Pennsylvania's top Division I football prospects before he was found delinquent in Washington County Juvenile Court of three first-degree felony burglary counts. Authorities said he was a leader of a burglary gang that stole more than $10,000 worth of satellite TV equipment and a Rolex watch.

After being placed under house arrest Aug.

9 and ordered not to play football, he defied authorities by moving to Harlingen and enrolling in the military academy. A Texas judge ruled in October he was not a fugitive, but a bench warrant for his arrest is still in effect in Pennsylvania.

Tom Morton, MMA's basketball coach and the football coach's son, said there was a chance the 6-foot-5 Kulik might decide to remain at the academy for one more year.

Asked if Kulik's problems with the law hurt him with colleges, James Morton told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, "I don't think anybody knows anything about it down here. By the time he got down here, our season was already started. By the time he started to get into the groove, our season was over.

"It's been a tough year for him. He's a funny kind of boy because you don't know what he's thinking about. But I'm sure he's disappointed because he was built up a lot up there (in Pennsylvania)."

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