There aren’t a lot of personalities like Tulsa (Okla.) Victory Christian’s Jon-Michael Terry. Still holding the distinction as OU’s first commit of the 2016 class, he had just never been a person who worried about when his official visit was going to be.
It finally happened last weekend, banquet weekend, and things went as well as you would expect. For someone who has made so many trips to Norman in the last calendar year, this was just like any other trip.
At least for him. Terry said the big deal about his trip to OU this time around was for his mother to see what her son is getting ready to do.
“My mom got to see the campus and the academic side of things so that was important,” Terry said. “Touring the academic center was something she really wanted to do. That was the big thing for her – to be sure about my education.”
Terry, meanwhile, simply used this weekend to get to know his future teammates a little bit better. He said he was hosted by Jordan Evans and Tay Evans, and it seems pretty clear that’s the spot he’s destined to play at with the Sooners.
There was no rhyme or reason to this particular visit. Terry said he talked to linebackers coach Tim Kish, who said that weekend was a good one to check things out. Terry said he didn’t want to make an official visit during his senior season.
With that in the books, he was excited to reconnect with Kish once again.
“He’s a great coach, and he’s going to make me work hard and help drive me to be my best,” Terry said.
Terry went through a major transition this season, moving from defensive end to middle linebacker. It was key, though, as it’s getting him prepared for his time in Norman. The sacks weren’t there like they were as a junior, but Terry quickly found his niche and was just as disruptive at middle linebacker as he was at defensive end.
There was one big difference for Terry.
“It really wasn’t that hard of a transition,” Terry said. “The big thing was movement. There was a lot of sideline-to-sideline movement. It took a lot to get it all down.”
Terry was in town to see the Sooners get ready for the Capital One Orange Bowl against Clemson on Dec. 31. If he wasn’t hooked with OU before then, he certainly was after watching them work.
“It was awesome,” Terry said. “They had a great practice. They’re just getting ready for Clemson, and it has been pretty exciting to see how things have gone this year. I’m excited to get down there and join them.”
That will have to wait a few more months. Terry, who has played basketball for 14 years, isn’t about to put an end to that just yet. He said he is definitely focused on his basketball season and has no fears of getting injured – that’s not his mentality.
Despite all the interaction with OU and head coach Bob Stoops, the official visit finally gave him a chance to see Stoops’ house and let him know what is possible in the future.
“It was pretty awesome to see,” Terry said. “That was a crazy-nice house, and I had a lot of fun being there and seeing everything.”
Terry was a dynamic two-way threat for Victory Christian and an argument can be made he was the best all-around player in the state this season.