Culp was a standout prep in Great Falls, South Carolina and signed with D-2 Newberry College where he redshirted in 2008.
"I just wanted to get out and get a fresh start and take a chance on getting a D-1 scholarship," Culp told JCFootball.com. "Coming out here was good. It was a change of pace for me and I really have enjoyed my time here."
As a redshirt freshman last fall, Culp posted 35 tackles and five sacks from his defensive tackle position and this past season, the physically gifted athlete notched 54 tackles, 11 tackles for loss and four sacks.
"I can play nose (tackle) or the three (technique), but I mainly played three," Culp said. "My quickness and my get-off are both what helps me be successful on the field."
Recruiting was steady over the summer and into the early part of the season, but interest died down for the most part until recently when a few schools, including an ACC power came calling.
"I've been talking with Miami
since about Signing Day (February 2nd)," Culp said. "I've talked to a couple of the coaches there and they said of the film they've seen of me, they like my quickness and how I get up the field and cause problems for the offense.
"I also have been hearing from Middle Tennessee
and I have an offer from Morgan State and I visited there back in January.
"I'm hoping to set up a visit soon with Miami. They want to get me out there for a visit, but right now I haven't set that up yet."
Culp will be able to transfer in May and he will have two years to play two wherever he ends up.
Jerome Culp Scout Profile
For the past two years, Feather River DT Jerome Culp (6-3, 309) has been a dominant figure inside for the Golden Eagles and while recruiting hasn't been as steady as he'd hoped, an ACC school has come calling and he could be heading out to see the school in the next few weeks if things go as planned...