Signing Day 2004: Jon Terry

Back in May of 2003 Ragsdale High School standout offensive lineman Jon Terry committed to a completely different Duke program. Since then the Blue Devils have brought in a new coach and a subsequent new attitude. One thing that has carried over has been Terry's firm commitment.

As one of the state's biggest offensive linemen – checking in at 6-foot-4 and 329 pounds -- Jon Terry has spent the past two seasons clearing the road for the Ragsdale running attack, which yielded a 2,000 yard performer in the 2002 season.

Despite his prep success, Terry says his goal is to drop 20 pounds before he arrives in Durham next season, to be able to play around the 310 pound mark. In an effort to reach that goal he has spent most of the off season jogging on his own and with some future teammates.

Terry has also participated in wrestling and will be a factor on Ragsdale's track and field squad in the spring semester.

"I have already developed a relationship with a few of this year's freshman including Garrett Mason and Zach Maurides. "We talk all the time about football, how the team is doing and recruits."

Terry picked Duke over offers from Vanderbilt and Wake Forest. He had serious interest from North Carolina, NC State, East Carolina, and Virginia.

By becoming a Blue Devil he'll also be able to continue his off the field passion of playing the organ.

"I have played for 12 years," Terry told TDD. "My cousin taught me how to play and I play the organ at my church every Sunday. I will still be able to do that at Duke."

So what are his thoughts heading to Duke?

"I'm ready to get there. If some of those other guys want to keep there job on the line they are going to have to bring it. Duke has started producing, and we are going to get rolling next year."

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