Roland Terry, a Bulldog fan all his life, also attended their Junior Awareness Day this past spring. Now a robust 6-foot-7, 254-pounder, Roland once again caught the eye of the MSU coaching staff.
In fact, he so impressed them, MSU assistant coach Curley Hallman made Lamar School one of his first stops once he got out on the recruiting trail during the spring evaluation period.
According to Roland, "(Coach) Curley Hallman came in and saw me Tuesday of last week."
Not able to talk to Roland while at the school observing practice due to NCAA recruiting rules, Curley took very little time making his one spring evaluation call to Roland. And what a call it was!
"(Coach Hallman) called me May 1st (Thursday) and explained to me that they had a scholarship offer that they would like to extend to me, and if I would like to commit to go ahead and commit in the newspapers," said Roland. "And I did."
What was Roland's reaction after receiving a scholarship offer so quickly from the school that he has followed all his life?
"The night he called me, I could hardly sleep," said Roland. "I'm extremely excited. I'm proud to be a Bulldog."
Although he is very proud to know he will be playing for the Bulldogs once his high school career is over, Roland is not sure what position MSU is recruiting him for.
"(Coach Hallman) didn't really explain what he was going to recruit me as," said Roland. "I think Coach Barnes said it was offensive tackle, but I really don't know."
If he had his preference, he would prefer to play defense, because, as Roland said, "I like to make all the tackles."
While he is unsure if he will be making tackles in college, he will definitely be making them in high school this coming season.
"Coach Barnes told me he was going to play me more at defensive end," said Roland, an offensive tackle almost all of his high school career. "If we got in a jam, he would put me in at offensive tackle to get us out of it."
Although Roland, who is receiving letters from "Missisippi State, Tennessee, Ole Miss, Southern (Miss), Louisiana Tech, Colorado State and Arkansas," appears to be extremely solid with his commitment to MSU, he said he might attend summer camps at Ole Miss and Southern, as well as the MSU camp. He may also attend the May 18th Nike Camp.
Don't be surprised if Roland, despite his verbal commitment to MSU, becomes a hot commodity once recruiting heats up due to his excellent combination of size, speed (5.0 forty) and intelligence.
By the way, Roland is not the only youngster in the Roland, Sr. and Donna Terry household that MSU might recruit. Roland also has a younger brother, Clark, who is already 6-6 and 200 pounds, and he is just a freshman at Lamar School.
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