After waiting nearly three full years of high school to pick up a D1 offer, Dickinson (Texas) defensive back Terry Keys has picked up three in the past 10 days, with the third of those coming from SMU.
“I have been working really hard the last 10 years of my life and it means a lot,” Keys said.
The 6-0, 164-pound corner and safety noted getting offers from SMU, Navy and Army in such a short time span caught him pleasantly off guard.
“It’s been a real eye opener for me, all my hard work is finally paying off and it’s showing me to keep working hard and doing what I am doing,” Keys told PonyStampede.
The Dickson defensive back is very fond of SMU and has enjoyed getting to know the coaching staff.
“All of them seem like good men and it seems like a good place,” Keys said, “They told me it was a really good campus, really beautiful campus, great football team and program, and me as a player I had good vision and I could come down and hit.”
Keys is planning to take a couple visits in the next month, beginning with SMU on Saturday. SMU's first camp is Saturday night, but he is not participating in it. He plans to make a decision shortly after wrapping up his visits.
“This weekend I want to see the campus and get our heads with the coaches and get a feel for them and the campus and that’s it,” Keys said.
Aside from SMU, Keys would like to talk it over with his family before nailing down which other visits he plans to take.
One of those visits could potentially be to Navy, Army or Air Force who have also offered. To be offered by them is something he admitted is a tremendous honor, but also a decision he has to think hard about.
“It’s cool to get an offer from the academy schools and it’s a lot to think about,” Keys said.
The rangy DB plans to get a little bigger over the summer and just wants to continue building on what has been a good start to the summer so far.
“My plan this summer is to keep working hard and I’m planning on gaining about 15 pounds.”
The rising senior currently has offers from Navy, Army, SMU, Southeastern Louisiana and Air Force.