Jacksonville linebacker Terrence Plummer plays for Orange Park HS, a program that has a combined 20 wins in coach Danny Green's first two seasons. Last season, the Raiders went undefeated during the regular season then lost 46-0 at home in the first round of the playoffs to a Deland. After a 1-3 start, the Raiders are now 3-3.
"Things are going pretty good, but we could be doing better. We're working out the kinks on offense and are turning things around," said Plummer. "Are goals are the same, to win the district first, county second, and then to make the playoffs, but this year we want to get past the first round and hopefully make it to the state championship."
Plummer (6'1-220) was a standout defender for the Raiders as a junior, recording 80 tackles, 2 sacks, 1 forced fumble, and 1 fumble recovered, earning first team All-County, and All-State Honorable Mention for class 6A.
"I'm doing pretty good on defense this year, and running the ball pretty good also," said Plummer. "I'm averaging 10 tackles a game, with 10 tackles for-a-loss, 2 forced fumbles, and one fumble recovery that I returned for a score."
"The same colleges are talking to me, trying to get me up for a visit and go to their school," said Plummer. "I'm getting to the point where I'll start narrowing down my choices."
The 3-star prospect rated No. 82 in the country said he's started thinking about visits and knows of one for sure.
"Yes sir, I know I'll be going to South Florida in January, that's the only one that I know for sure," said Plummer. "In January is when they have their big recruiting weekend."
"I may try to get up to Vandy in December, and up to UCONN," said Plummer. "But that all depends on how things work out."
Several weeks ago Plummer attended the USF game against FAU and talks about the experience.
"It was a great experience, it really was," said Plummer. "It was a great college environment, especially for a game that wasn't that highly hyped up. It was a great game and I felt real welcomed and comfortable while I was there. I got to go down to the locker room, the coaches treated me well, and I got to meet all the players and stuff like that. It was a great time, and my mom got to see what college football life was like and enjoyed it."
Being recruited as a linebacker, Plummer paid close attention to the defense and how the linebackers played.
"I watched the linebackers a lot, and they played great," said Plummer. "I saw Sam Barrington in on a lot of plays and No. 57 (Jaquian Williams) was making plays all night. DeDe Lattimore and the other linebackers were all doing their job, and I saw No. 55 (Mike Lanaris) make an interception. I liked how the Bulls rotated the linebackers and used their depth to keep guys fresh."
Plummer said he enjoyed being with all the coaches, especially with defensive coordinator who made it known how much they like him.
"They were telling me that they really want me down there and want me to be a Bull," said Plummer. "I know they'll need help, because they're losing three seniors after this season."
The Orange Park standout talked about what he likes about the USF program.
"I just like everything about South Florida," said Plummer. "They got a great environment, great coaches staff and Coach Holtz is great head coach. When I went down to Tampa, I noticed there's a lot of love there, everybody was wearing South Florida gear, Tampa Bay Buccaneer gear, and it seemed like a college town and a sports town." I love the weather, and I'm used to the Florida weather and don't like the cold too much. There's so much to do down there and everything is close, it's really a great city."
"They got a good football program and its building, it's one of the fastest growing programs in the country that I've seen," said Plummer. "They've always been a good program, and I think Coach Holtz is going to make them better. I love the way they play defense, and how they use the linebackers, they can move, they blitz, and make plays. I'm an attacking type linebacker and they fit my style of play."
"After the game they took me to the football facilities, and I got to see how nice everything was," said Plummer. "I got to see the athletic facilities, the training room, and the weight room, which I loved, and got to see all the upgrades they're doing to make it even nicer."
Plummer also said he's still working out his future visit schedule, but might make a return trip to Tampa later in the year.
"I might make another unofficial visit to Tampa when they face UCONN in December," said Plummer. "So we'll see what happens."
As to when he'll be making his choice, Plummer thought he'd make a later decision but that may not be the case any longer.
"I've been talking with my coach and my family and we might speed things up," said Plummer. "I might make my decision during the season, or after I take a couple officials. I won't wait until February or anything like that."
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