Target 2004: Jonathan Terry

JAMESTOWN – Something is bothering some of the coaches at Ragsdale High School. One assistant said Monday in frustration that, "Carolina's coaches never come around here."

That is not exactly true. In 2003, UNC did offer a scholarship to the Tigers' Emmanuel Byars –- a highly touted wide receiver that eventually signed with Virginia.

But due to the early signing of Rocky Mount's Mike Mason, and later Chattanooga's Adarius Bowman, Carolina had to back out on Byars.

Ragsdale head coach Tommy Norwood chooses to tone down the language when describing the Tar Heels' recent recruiting activity at Ragsdale.

"Coach [John] Bunting was very professional," Norwood said. "I have nothing but good things to say about him and the way he handled it. They had some early receivers to commit, and then he needed linebackers and offensive linemen.

"He called me up and -- I can't say how much I respect him -- I mean…that's the way you do it: you offer five and hope one commits."

But if primary recruiter and UNC assistant head coach James Webster is interested in the offensive lineman prospect Jonathan Terry, the Tigers' coaches hope he will visit soon.

"He just told me to come to camp and we'll take it from there," Terry said.

Terry is a 6-foot-5; 315-pound offensive lineman who names Carolina first on a wish list that also includes Duke, Virginia, Tennessee and Florida State -- in that order. The Blue Devils have already offered Terry, and he expects Notre Dame to do the same this week.

Webster may want to make an inroad to Ragsdale now and mend any fences in anticipation of recruiting 2005 tailback Tony Baker -- already considered one of the top running backs in the state.

"He's got two eyes here and two eyes here," Norwood said of Baker, pointing to the front and the sides of his head. "He has such great vision and sees the whole field. He finds a seam and makes things happen."

As a sophomore, Baker rushed for over 1,500 yards and scored 24 touchdowns. Virginia Tech has shown the most interest to this point, but Baker is a 2005 can't-miss who Webster and the Tar Heels are already interested in.

Terry was, and will continue this year to be instrumental in opening holes for Baker. And Terry remains loyal to the team he loves, despite minimal UNC interest to this point.

"I liked the coaching staff, and the players were real friendly," he said of his March 22 visit to UNC's Junior Day. "It was a beautiful campus."

Terry said the most important factors in his upcoming decision would depend on being able to attend church on Sundays and staying close to home. Both of the aforementioned requirements keep UNC firmly in the mix.

He also said he is interested in studying forensics which will require the study of biology and chemistry. UNC scores high in those academic capacities as well.

Jonathan Terry
Ht: 6-5
Wt: 315
40-Time: 5.0
Bench: 420
Squat: 450

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