2009 Intro: Damonte Terry

LAURINGBURG, N.C. --- In the past 20 years, the talent-rich Scotland County High School has had only two freshmen start on the varsity squad – Russ Adams and Damonte Terry.

Adams eventually went on to be a baseball star at North Carolina and is currently playing baseball for the Toronto Blue Jays. Terry is a 6-foot-2, 210-pound linebacker/running back who is heading into his senior season at Scotland County.

"Obviously, [Terry] has been a very talented player for a long time," said Mark Barnes, who recently resigned as Scotland County's head coach after 16 years at the post. "… Damonte was gifted [as a freshman]. Body-wise, he's not a lot different, [but] he's stronger now than he was when he got here. Physically he was ready, but more important than that psychologically and emotionally he could handle those Friday nights and the toughness of our conference. He fit in very quickly and early."

During his first two prep seasons, Terry started at linebacker. Last fall, he was moved to tailback where he rushed for 1,125 yards and 14 touchdowns, and recorded 245 yards and three touchdowns as a receiver.

This coming season, Terry will probably start both ways – running back and outside linebacker – to help fill the void left by graduation, including the departure of NC State signee Terrell Manning.

"He's extremely strong," Barnes said of Terry. "He's a hard worker, a very physical player, and he's a winner. He has a strong drive to be successful."

Terry is being recruited by every in-state school and the majority of the ACC plus South Carolina.

"No school has offered me yet, but I'm pretty sure one is coming soon because my highlight film just came out," Terry said. "I get a lot of mail and I've talked to coaches with NC State and [North] Carolina."

Sam Pittman, who is now recruiting the greater Fayetteville area for UNC, spoke to Terry last week for the first time.

"He just said he really loves my highlight film and he could see me playing a lot of positions – safety, linebacker or running back – because of my size and my speed," Terry said.

Terry isn't concerned with the position he'll play in college.

"It doesn't matter, because I feel like I can play any position," Terry said. "I just want to help my team. Running back is my favorite position. It takes someone with heart to play running back."

Barnes sees Terry excelling at either position on the next level, but believes he's better fit for linebacker.

"I think he projects to be either one in college," Barnes said. "I think he is more of a defensive player than offensive player. He has that mentality"

Following the trend of most of Scotland County recruits preceding him, Terry hopes to get the recruiting process out of the way before the end of the summer.

"I'm looking at education first," Terry said. "Then I'm looking out where I can play and eventually start."

He'll head into the summer with a handful of favorite schools.

"I'm looking at North Carolina, NC State, South Carolina, Clemson, Tennessee, and Virginia Tech," Terry said.

Terry, who has already attended South Carolina's Junior Day, plans to make UNC and NC State's upcoming junior days. He's also looking to make an unofficial visit to Clemson this spring.

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