U of L football signee 'ready to get to work'

University of Louisville football signee Jimmie Terry recently made his first visit to the Cardinals' campus. He spoke with Cardinal Authority about the visit and the upcoming season.

Madison, Miss., Central High School lineman Jimmie Terry signed with the University of Louisville football program without stepping foot on the Cardinals' campus.

So, Terry recently made a trip to Louisville to check out his home for the next four years.

And the 6-foot-5, 360-pound Terry was elated to see what he did at U of L.

"I absolutely loved it," he said. "I wasn't nervous, I was just real surprised. The whole city surprised me a lot, I just tried to take it all in. It was so surreal.

"I just had a great time."

Terry said his past few months have been a whirlwind. He wasn't getting a ton of attention, was headed to Georgia Southern and then new U of L coach Bobby Petrino made contact.

Petrino said he knew someone at Madison Central and Terry said he was "estatic" that is all worked out for him.

"hard work pays off," he said. "It's a great feeling to know some schools saw me and said, 'OK he's good.' Anybody would appreciate that and really like it a lot."

Terry spent a day recently watching his future teammates scrimmage and said the practice was "super intense. They were getting after it."

"(offensive line) coach (Chris) Klenakis is a great guy – it was my first time meeting him in person – and he came across to me like a guy who was concerned about me as a person and that was really exciting," Terry said. "They told me I need to really be looking into my playbook and at this point trying to learn the formations and different plays. They say they need a guard."

Terry will report to campus on June 5 after he graduates from high school on May 22.

With a shot to play early on, Terry said he wants to get into the best shape he can. He said the staff has never told him a weight they want him but he's trying to get down to 335-340.

"I feel like I have a great chance to come in and contribute," he said. "I feel like I am strong enough and my conditioning a lot better than what people would think it would be.

"They want me quick on my feet so I am going to try to do anything to help myself be able to come in and compete right away."

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