The Sooner Intel is an inside look into Oklahoma football and basketball recruiting and is solely for Sooners Illustrated subscribers. It is a sneak peek into what’s happening with OU recruiting and is not to be distributed anywhere else.
Terry returning to dream school
Some offers just mean a little bit more than others. Recruits don’t really like to say it, but it’s certainly true. It’s not a bad thing, either.
And for OU when it comes to Dallas South Oak Cliff linebacker Marvin Terry, it could turn into a very good thing down the road.
Terry, ranked in the Scout 300, was offered by OU on his junior day visit two months ago. It meant a lot to him on that day, and it means a lot to him now nearly two full months later.
“I woke up and had that feeling,” said Terry on if he knew the offer was coming. “I didn’t really know, but I was hoping. I was surprised. We were touring the weight room, when they pulled me aside and said Coach (Bob) Stoops wants to talk with you.”
Terry knew what this meant, at least he was hoping what it meant. He said he was so excited to get the offer, admitting OU has been his dream school for a long time now even though he doesn’t have direct connections to the program.
It all goes back to video games, Terry said. Not only would he play with OU every single time because he said that was his team, he wouldn’t let anybody else play with OU even when he wasn’t playing.
Terry said he definitely thought about committing to OU at junior day. He wanted to, but after talking with his family, decided to hold off on that commitment.
After a couple of more visits in the books, Terry said there isn’t one visit he has to make. He would like to see Oregon or UCLA, but it appears his next trip is a return one to Norman next week for the OU spring game.
He won’t be alone. Terry said he intends to make the trip with safety Prentice McKinney, who signed with OU for the 2015 class.
“In college, you’re going to need somebody that you have that connection with,” Terry said. “Coming in as a freshman, it can be overwhelming. I can definitely see myself playing with Prentice and making a big contribution.”
Despite Terry saying OU is his dream school, his junior day visit marked his first trip to the campus. He said he was blown away and can already picture himself in the facilities. His lead recruiter has been linebackers coach Tim Kish, who he said he has developed a good relationship with.
“He’s a really cool dude,” Terry said. “We talk a lot, and I hope to get to know him better and see how everything is again at the spring game.”
OU commitment has set in for Terry
It has been about two months since Tulsa (Okla.) Victory Christian linebacker Jon-Michael Terry committed to the Sooners. And two months later, not much has changed.
Terry was a bit of a shock when he was offered by OU at junior day two months ago, and it didn’t take him long to make the decision to be a Sooner.
“Things are going great,” Terry said. “I’m talking to the coaches pretty often. Not every day, but a lot during every week. It has definitely set in that I’m committed to OU.”
Terry was a bit of an unknown in recruiting circles. He put up monster numbers as a junior, but it was unclear how that would translate on the trail. Now that Scout has gotten a chance to fully evaluate Terry, it feels like OU has found something.
Terry is ranked as a three-star prospect and the No. 33 outside linebacker in the nation. That’s not too bad considering the No. 31 outside linebacker, Jordan Carmouche (Manvel, Texas), is No. 295 in the Scout 300. Coincidentally, Carmouche is also a major OU target at linebacker.
As generally is the case, the OU offer has started to lead to a lot of interest from other schools. Terry is not quite sure what schools are trying to talk to him. The mail is being sent to his head coach, and Terry is not really paying much attention to it.
“I’m still just doing my thing,” Terry said. “I’m focusing on track and football and enjoying everything. My coach said I’ve been getting steady mail, but I haven’t gone on any visits or set up any visits or anything like that.”
Terry, who now holds the distinction of being OU’s first commit for the 2016 class, is set to return to OU next weekend for the spring game.
“I’m excited about getting back down there,” Terry said. “I just want to see how they run the practices and get around the players and coaches. It should be a great weekend.”
Wish List update
The 2016 wish list will return later this spring, but it’s a new month and time to update some of the bigger happenings with the Sooners and their top targets.
Some notable commitments from around the nation. Quarterback K.J. Costello is headed to Stanford. OU offered much too late in the process, no real shock. Wide receiver Theo Howard has pledged to Oregon. OU offer seemed like it meant something to him but tough to pull him out of the area.
It was a banner month for UCLA and linebackers with commitments from OU offers Lokeni Toailoa and Krys Barnes. It’s a bit of a blow for OU to miss out on both, but it does limit the number the Bruins can take going forward that will allow OU to attack some more west coast targets.
Defensive back Chauncey Gardner recommitted to Florida. He didn’t commit anywhere, but it was a big couple of weeks for Chanse Sylvie. Offers from Tennessee and Ole Miss are close to being game-changers.
The Sooners are still in good spot with the Shreveport Calvary Baptist trio, but the edge with Sylvie could be shrinking by the moment, especially if they don’t return to OU next weekend for the spring game.
And we’ll close with the Jerry Montgomery effect. It feels safe to say OU has out of the picture with these guys because Montgomery is gone. Rahshaun Smith committed to Clemson, while Rashard Lawrence listed a top four that didn’t include OU.
McTelvin Agim said he has no idea when he’ll return to OU and is only starting to build the bond with Diron Reynolds. It seemed pretty obvious OU would lose steam with some targets with Montgomery’s departure.
It has happened, but from this point on, now it seems like Reynolds has his foothold and should start making his own impression with the top defensive line targets.