Glades Central High School in Belle Glade, Fla has been a familiar stopping off spot for NC State coaches since the arrival of head coach Chuck Amato. The Pack snagged S Garland Heath a couple of years ago and have battled for many Glades' prospects over the years. 2005 will likely see the Pack active at the south Florida school yet again as they go after standout S Jeremy Terry.
At 6-1, 185 pounds and boasting 4.5-second speed in the 40-yard dash, Terry has almost a prototypical frame for a college safety. The rising senior has spent much of his high school career at LB, however, but is ready to go full-time into the defensive backfield in 2005.
"I've played LB in the past but I'm going to play free safety this year," said Terry. "As far as college goes, I'm comfortable playing any position as long as I get on the field."
This past season, Terry played an injury-shortened season but still managed to come away with 45 tackles, 15 tackles for loss, seven pass breakups and two interceptions. He'll be looking for bigger stats this coming season but, already, several schools have taken notice of the hard-hitting defender's potential. He's landed offers from Ole Miss and NC State and feels an offer from Kansas State is on the way. Terry is also receiving recruiting attention from South Florida, Pittsburgh, Auburn and Miami among others.
When asked if he could list some of his top schools, Terry was rather blunt in his response. "NC State," he said. "Right now, I just like NC State. I guess you could say they're my favorite. For some reason I just love State. I love that defense and I could really see myself playing there. I know Dajuan Morgan and I know Garland Heath personally. He was telling me how you've got to play physical up there and compete and I take his word for it. I know if he can do it, I can do the same."
In addition to the Wolfpack, Terry rounded out his top four with Florida, Miami and Kansas State. Although the Gators and Hurricanes have yet to offer, it's a safe bet that an offer from either could certainly complicate the recruiting landscape for Terry.
Although a final decision on a future college is a ways offs, Terry has started his preparation for the upcoming season. When all is said and done, Terry has one big goal that he's set for his senior campaign.
"The goal I've set for this year is I want to make it to the California-Florida Bowl," he said. "That's a big deal down here and I'd like to make it to that game."