His play has always done his talking and that was the case once again for Tulsa (Okla.) Victory Christian linebacker Jon-Michael Terry last week at the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl.
The difference was, this time around, a lot more people were watching the Oklahoma commit. Scouts across the country were coming to the same conclusion the Sooners coaching staff came to a long time ago. Yep, Terry is good.
Terry had a stellar week across the board and including in the game itself. Will it be enough to bump him from a three-star to a four-star prospect? To be determined, but Terry is glad he got the chance to showcase his skills.
Semper Fi officials were going through the roster and looking at recruits and noticed Terry’s film and wanted to give him a shot. They called and once they found out he wasn’t in an all-star game already, jumped on the chance of having him out in California for a week.
“That’s pretty much how it happened,” Terry said. “I really wanted to go and play hard and everything like that. I wanted to soak up all they had to teach me.”
Teaching Terry wasn’t about the Xs and Os on a football field. Instead, it was more about learning and earning a deeper respect for the Marines and the armed forces.
“I spent a lot of time with them, and it was awesome,” said Terry, who has family members in the armed forces. “It brings a lot of pride for me to be there and play in the game.”
Terry said he was pretty happy with his performance, and he should be. A standout during the week in practices, he also had a nice sack in the game itself.
The week was a proving ground opportunity for Terry. Although he had dominated Class 3A football in the state the last two years, you never know how somebody is going to project when facing the best of the best competition.
Terry came through in spades.
“I felt real comfortable the entire time,” Terry said. “It was a real different speed to everything, but that’s how it’s going to be going forward. I was fine with it.”
Terry said he didn’t get a chance to hang out too much with fellow OU commits Parrish Cobb and Austin Kendall, but he did get in the ear of one of its top targets.
Lawrence (Kan.) High defensive end Amani Bledsoe was also on the team, and Terry said he got to know him a lot better.
“I was talking to him, and he said he hadn’t committed yet to any school,” Terry said. “I told him he should go ahead and commit to OU. He’d be a great fit.”
Terry is one of three linebackers currently committed to the Sooners. After spending his junior season at defensive end, he made the smooth transition to middle linebacker this season and earned All-State honors for his play.