WAKE FOREST, N.C. --- Javon Terry camped at two schools this summer: North Carolina and NC State. Both showings resulted in scholarship offers for the 6-foot-2, 185-pound defensive back from Wake Forest High.
"Javon is definitely a Division I athlete, especially with his size, his speed, [and] athletic ability," Wake Forest head coach Reggie Lucas said. "More so than that, he's changed from linebacker to defensive back and he hasn't missed a beat. I think his knowledge of the game is definitely increasing, but when he completely figures it out, it's only going to make him better because of his athletic ability. He's running a 4.4 [in the 40-yard dash] and he's going to be a 6-2/6-3 kid before he graduates."
While starting at linebacker as a sophomore last season, Terry was third on Wake Forest -- behind Clemson freshman/former five-star Dexter Lawrence and NC State played Darius Hodge -- with 58 tackles. He also had two interceptions and six pass breakups. He returned one of his picks for a touchdown.
This offseason, though, Terry was moved into the secondary, where he'll line up at either cornerback or safety, depending on the opponent and game situation. The relocation was made with his future in mind.
"At the linebacker position, Division I [programs] are looking for 225-250-[pound] guys," Lucas said. "When you look at his height with his speed, that's what they want on the edge at the corner or safety position in college."
A day after performing at a North Carolina camp in mid-June, Charlton Warren, who coaches UNC's secondary and recruits Wake County, reached out to Terry to offer him a scholarship.
"He just said, 'We think you're a great athlete and we think you could do big things at our school," Terry said. "He's going to recruit me as a safety."
Calling Terry a "great athlete" isn't hyperbole, especially after the numbers he put up at the camp. He says he clocked a 4.47-second time in 40-yard dash on UNC's notoriously slow turf surface and broad jumped 10-foot-9.
A very similar scenario played out with NC State -- the only other school he camped at -- a couple of days earlier, which resulted in his first offer.
The other in-state programs, plus Virginia Tech, have also showed interest in Terry.
"He's just really getting out there," Lucas said. "So, I suspect that by mid-season he's going to be known nationally."
With that in mind, Terry is taking a patient approach to his recruitment.
"I don't have any [favorites] right now," Terry said. "I'm just waiting until I'm a senior and see what schools get interested in me."
Terry hasn't ironed out a fall visit schedule. But, he is considering catching a game in Kenan Stadium this season.
Terry's older brother, Antwain, is a red-shirt freshman defensive lineman at Elon... Terry grew up a UNC basketball fan, but says he didn't follow the football program... Terry will join Wake Forest's track-and-field team this coming spring. He plans to participate in the 100- and 200-meter dashes... Terry is looking to pursue a major in the engineering field.