Defensive Minded

Brandywine High School defensive lineman James Terry has yet to pick up his first written scholarship offer, however it seems like it could come any day now for the All-State lineman as plenty of visitors have been by the school lately to check him out.

At 6-foot-2.5, 292 pounds James Terry is the type of player who will bring versatility to whatever program he chooses along the defensive line. A productive interior pass rusher, Terry also has the athleticism to line up on the outside in either a three or four man front and play both the run and pass effectively. Many schools have visited Wilmington, Del., hoping to get a look at the young talent and he is just waiting for that first offer.

"Connecticut, Maryland, Morgan State, West Virginia, James Madison and Temple have all been here this week to meet with me," Terry explained. "All of the schools have been recruiting me as a defensive lineman up until now, but Maryland just told me they might want me on the offensive line recently."

"Coach (Matt) Cersosimo from Connecticut is a nice guy and he seems very knowledgeable," Terry said. "He met with me and told me a lot about Connecticut as a school and a football program and left me camp information along with an invite. I don't know if I will camp at Connecticut, but I am definitely going to visit and see the school."

"Coach (Bryan) Bossard from Maryland was in and he and I have been in contact for some time now," Terry stated. "He's a good guy and we get along well, but the last time we spoke he told me the coaching staff there likes me at offensive guard now, so I'm not so sure I have a lot of interest in them at this point. If they want me to play defense then I really like Maryland, but I don't want to play offense."

"Coach Larry Johnson from Penn State has been in contact with me and I really like what he is about," Terry exclaimed. "He has put a lot of defensive linemen into the league and that's my goal, so knowing that he could teach me how to get there is exciting. Penn State is a consistent program with great tradition and I just like everything about it there. I went up there for junior day and enjoyed myself and was invited back up for two camps this summer. I also just got a handwritten letter from Coach Ron Vanderlinden recently."

As a sophomore at Brandywine High School, Terry earned third team All-State and first team All-Conference honors after recording 70 tackles and ten sacks from his defensive tackle position.

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