Big Day for Terry

One of the most impressive prospects at this weekend's Shrine Bowl combine was Laurinburg (NC) Scotland County tailback Damonte Terry. Already with a scholarship offer on the table, Terry is looking to pick up more in the next few months.

One of the most impressive prospects at this weekend's Shrine Bowl combine was Laurinburg (NC) Scotland County tailback Damonte Terry. Already with a scholarship offer on the table, Terry is looking to pick up more in the next few months.

Checking in at a solid 6-0 and 189 pounds, Terry ran blazing 40's of 4.32 and 4.40-seconds. He also vertically jumped 30 inches, lifted 185 pounds 16 times, and posted a 4.75-second pro shuttle.

"I wasn't surprised with how I did because I've been practicing all week," said Terry. "My times have been consistent, and I've been working on my speed. I've been running a lot lately so I thought I could run a time like that."

As a junior, Terry rushed for 1,221 yards and 15 touchdowns, leading Scotland County deep into the 4A state playoffs. One program has already offered Terry a scholarship and others are expressing heavy interest.

"I've been offered by East Carolina, and [NC] State is on me hard," Terry stated. "Chapel Hill said they want to offer me as a safety. South Carolina has been waiting on me to come up there... I just talked with their coach yesterday. I talked to Virginia for the first time last week and they want to make sure my grades are good. My grades are good where they are at so I think they might offer."

Terry made the drive up to Raleigh last weekend for the Wolfpack's Spring Game.

"I had fun up there," said Terry. "I always do. I'm still looking forward to them offering me.

"They were basing it on my speed... they wanted to see how fast I could run, and I guess this will show them how fast I am. I know I'm going to go back up for their camp. That is a guarantee."

Joining Terry in Raleigh was teammate and close friend Terrell Manning, a NC State signee. Manning injured his knee in Scotland's last game of the season.

"That is my main man right there," said Terry. "I'm actually going straight to his house when I leave here so we can hang out.

"He's doing real good with his knee. He's already back to beating me in basketball... he's coming along real good with it."

Terry admits that he doesn't have a favorite and remains wide open, although he does have a timetable in mind.

"I don't have a favorite yet because I'm interested in a lot of schools," he said. "I would want to commit either a month into the season or a week before the season starts."

Here are his thoughts on some of the programs currently under consideration.

North Carolina: "Their academic programs are strong. I like the way coach Butch Davis runs his organization, and I like the coaches."

East Carolina: "I like the recruiting coordinator. He's a friendly guy. I like the way they are bringing the program up."

NC State: "I like NC State. I like the atmosphere. When I go down there, the coaches are nice and everything. They stay on top of their academics, and that's important to me."

South Carolina: "I have two fellow teammates down there, Travian [Robertson] and Byron McKnight. I'm looking forward to going down there for a visit. I like their stadium."

Jr. Film: #32 RB Damonte Terry -


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