Scotland County High School in Laurinburg, NC has established itself as one of the most consistent programs in the state when it comes to producing division one-caliber football players. Just this past week, NC State landed prep all-american LB Terrell Manning. The honor roll of Scotland players that went on to play college football won't end with the class of 2008 as colleges have already taken notice of the Scots' top rising junior.
While his recruiting has just entered it's infant stages, it's a safe bet that ATH Damonte Terry will eventually become a household name before all is said and done. At 6-1, 205 pounds, Terry has a tremendous build given his young age. He reports that he has been timed as low as 4.34-seconds in the 40-yard dash. Scotland County head coach Mark Barnes has taken advantage of that size and speed by using Terry in a variety of ways on both offense and defense. In 2007, the versatile athlete will go full time at running back and on the kick return team.
Although still early, it would appear that running back, safety or even linebacker are all possible destinations for Terry once he gets to college. He says that he is just now beginning to look seriously at a future college but one school he'll be keeping a close eye on is NC State. He'll also be counting on a close friend for advice.
"State's a nice school," said Terry. "I feel like Terrell (Manning) has made a real decent choice. Me and him talk about a lot of stuff on the phone. He's going to help me decide where I'm going to go in the future. We help each other a lot and he's one of my best friends.
"State, they sound like they really do like me. When I came up there they already knew who I was. They were like, have you ever seen a 16 year old this big."
Terry will likely look closely at all of the in-state schools but he's made it clear that academics will play a large role in his future decision. Terry is known to be a very solid student in the classroom so there's little surprise that coming away from college with a degree in hand is a definite priority.
"I like NC State. I like Carolina. I really like a lot of schools. It's just going to come down to who puts the time in and who gives me the best decision college-wise because I really want to come away with a college degree."