Javon Terry executed the uncommon feat of attending North Carolina's first two junior days of the 2018 cycle. The act allowed him to truly compare the differences between a typical UNC junior day with its elite junior day on March 4.
"Definitely the [basketball] game was way better, because it had way more excitement -- they were playing Duke and you know how crazy that can get," Terry said. "And it was like a private recruiting event, so it was way more special for the recruits to get there."
Both experiences combined have made UNC a strong player in Terry's recruitment. However, since he's still in the developmental stages of his recruitment, the 6-foot-2, 185-pound safety from Wake Forest (N.C.) High lacks a finite list of favorite schools.
"[UNC] is definitely one of the top schools I'm thinking about," Terry said. "I just like going to UNC. My uncle, Greg Ellis, he went to that school and he really liked it."
When Terry attended UNC's first junior day back in late January, he did so with teammate/fellow Tar Heel target Devon Lawrence. Although the two are close and have made many visits together -- including several to Chapel Hill -- they haven't discussed a potential package deal.
"But, we've definitely been talking about going to college and which schools we should visit," Terry said. "We haven't talked about going to the same school together, but we've definitely talked about going to college and playing football."
Another member of Wake Forest High's 2016 4A State Championship team, Xach Gill, enrolled at UNC in January. Terry and Gill connected prior to UNC's elite junior day on March 4.
"He said he practiced in the morning and couldn't go to the [UNC-Duke basketball] game," Terry said. "He told me he likes it and he's getting comfortable with it. He told me he was tired."
According to Terry, the excitement of the elite junior day began as soon as he stepped foot on campus.
"When I first got there, they had some presentation about how I thought the game was going to go down," Terry said. "Everything was exciting and upbeat. It was a pretty good intro on how they did it."
Throughout the elite junior day, Terry converse with members of UNC's coaching staff, including new DB coach Terry Joseph. Terry and Joseph didn't have a private one-on-one meeting that day, but they did meet individually during the junior day back in January. Additionally, they have been communicating regularly since January.
"We still have a relationship to grow, but it's getting better with Coach Joseph there," Terry said. "He's a good coach and he knows what he's doing with the system. It's still weird that they have a new DB coach, but everything is getting better, though."
During the 2016 season, Terry rotated throughout Wake Forest High's secondary lining up at cornerback, safety, and nickel back. In that role, he collected four interceptions, seven pass break-ups, and 52 tackles.
"[Joseph] wants me playing a similar role [at UNC] that I'm playing now [at Wake Forest]," Terry said. "But he said I'll probably have different coverages and different defenses."
Besides UNC, the only schools Terry has visited since the football season are East Carolina and NC State.