The search was on for who would be Oklahoma’s first in-state commitment for the Class of 2016. There were some choices, but as it turns out, it’s a dark horse that gets the claim.
Tulsa Victory Christian linebacker Jon-Michael Terry becomes OU’s second overall commitment, pledging to the Sooners after the junior day event Sunday evening.
To say Terry is under the radar is putting it nicely. Before Sunday, he had zero offers and had attended zero junior days.
Sometimes it’s not the quantity but the quality.
“He was ecstatic,” Victory Christian coach Brent Marley said. “He felt so honored to get the offer from Coach Bob Stoops.”
Terry, listed at 6-foot-4 and 230 pounds, can do a number of things, but OU made it clear it views him as a linebacker. It was linebackers coach Tim Kish who spent the most time with Terry, and it was Kish who Terry called to commit to on the phone.
For Victory Christian, he plays a number of roles from wide receiver to tight end to defensive end and linebacker. Right now, he’s getting ready to tear it up on the track.
“He runs the second leg of our relay team,” Marley said. “He looks like a freak in his track uniform.”
Terry said the offer caught him a bit by surprise. He went into the event hoping he would get the offer, but he had no idea how it would shake out.
After being offered by Stoops, Terry talked it over with his family before making the call to Kish and making it official.
For OU, it was about finally getting him to campus. Terry said OU invited him to campus throughout the 2014 season but things never worked out to get him there. It worked out Sunday, and it turns out that’s all that needed to happen.
“Growing up, I always watched OU, watched Coach Stoops. Getting to talk to him was amazing today,” Terry said. “I’m just super happy to commit to OU today. It’s hard to put it into words.”