The Washington Times - October 29, 2008, 10:07AM

Most loyal readers probably never attended a military academy of any sort. I know I didn’t.

Yet even after covering Navy’s lacrosse program for much of this decade, it never ceases to mildly surprise what things aren’t available to students in some military environments. OK, maybe surprise isn’t the right word. But it always seems to catch my attention.

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Especially when access to the Internet is tight – a fact Maryland commitCody Blue alerted me to after the Terps’ JV team defeated Blue, Zach Kerr and Fork Union on Monday.

“It’s pretty restricted,” Blue said. “Fork Union’s pretty strict about all that stuff.”

So that would make the choice of what to click on first, second and third rather than 21st, 22nd or 23rd a little more relevant.

Blue wasn’t shy about pointing out his priorities when accessing Al Gore’s Invention.

“We get to use our Internet [on the weekend], and the first thing I do is get on and find out how Maryland is doing,” Blue said. “We get to catch some of the games. not all of them, but most of them.”

Kerr is also keeping tabs on the Terps.

The defensive tackle – who, size-wise anyway, looks the part of a guy who might factor into things next year with so many senior graduating on the defensive line – didn’t need any help rattling off Maryland’s status through eight games.

“Oh yeah. We know we just got a big win and it put us in first place in the ACC,” Kerr said. “We have a top-25 ranking. I’m up-to-date.”

Both Blue and Kerr said the sort of things you would expect to hear from guys who are attending prep schools – that they would have liked to have made it to Maryland this year, but that they’re in better shape academically because of the structure of a military academy.

Both also emphasized they are on track to arrive at Maryland when the spring semester starts – although they enjoyed the bonus preview they received earlier this week.

“It was a day I’ve been looking forward to,” Kerr said. “I just wanted to get a feel for what I’m going to get when I come here in January.”

Patrick Stevens