I had a chance to have an in depth conversation with one Colorado's recent commits, Terdema Ussery. The 6-4 ½, wide receiver from Dallas, St. Mark's School of Texas had more to talk about than just football and his recent commitment to the Buffs.
Early on in his recruitment Ussery had interest in heading back to LA, where he was born to play football for UCLA and also considered Cal, where his father played football, but in the end Ussery chose the Buffs.
"The coaching staff! They made the largest impact on me and they were the most genuine through the whole process," Ussery said. "I built the best relationship with Coach Kiesau (Colorado wide receivers coach) during the process."
The coaches have sent him the playbook to get prepared and he will be in Boulder for both summer school sessions to get a head start on his college coursework, but also to get up to speed for the 09 campaign.
When asked about his expectations for his freshman year Ussery was very candid and frank that he simply asked the coaches for an opportunity to "Work and work hard". He is not opposed to redshirting and will do what is needed by the coaching staff.
The conversation drifted into various topics, but when it came to CU Football Terdema said that Coach Hawkins has a vision and a direction. Ussery explained, "Football is great, we love it, but we have lives outside of football too (the coaches understand that). Directionally, they are looking for good people." It appears the whole aspect of college is what really set the University of Colorado apart from the other schools.
Ussery said he has become real close with CU commit Gus Handler and plans to room with Handler when they get to Boulder this summer. He also mentioned that he has become good friends with other CU recruits Andre Simmons and Derrick Webb. I asked how he was able to contact these other recruits and he mentioned that "All the guys are on Facebook, everybody is on Facebook."
Ussery's father is the President and CEO of the Dallas Mavericks and when discussing his relationship with the professional athletes he has grown up around I asked him about how their input has helped prepare him for college.
"If anything it has shown me how important school is," he said.
Ussery mentioned his relationship with Josh Howard of the Mavricks and how important Howard has stressed getting a degree from college. Ussery is a national merit semifinalist and is fully qualified. He plans to either study political science or psychology when he gets to CU.
With his long frame and his 4.4 speed, Terdema Ussery could be the much needed deep threat Dan Hawkins has been looking for, but with his intellect and his attitude, he may just turn out to be the team leader the Buffs have so eagerly desired.