American River (Calif.) College defensive lineman Nick Terry (6-4, 290), knew he was making a risky move when he left Boise State during the 2014 season.
Recruited by Chris Petersen and his staff, when they left for Washington, Terry didn't feel he fit in to the new Bronco defense so he left Boise State to play a JC near his Elk Grove home, ending up at NorCal power American River.
This year, starting for American River, Terry is back on the radar and got his first offer last week from UCLA.
"When I left Boise State, I was going to originally transfer to Cal Poly, but it didn't work out so I went to American River," said Terry. "Everything happens for a reason. I knew it was going to be risky to leave Boise State and I didn't know if I would get another opportunity. But its all worked out. One of my teammates, his uncle is Angus McClure and he said they were interested in me at UCLA. A week ago, Coach Angus called me and the interest rolled from there and they ended up offering me."
Terry got some letters from UCLA when he was at Pleasant Grove HS in Elk Grove, but wasn't heavily recruited by the Bruins before he chose Boise State.
But he's plenty familiar with their Sacramento connection.
"Coach Angus said they have 5-6 guys on the team from the Sacramento area and there are a couple of guys I played against that played at Cosumnes Oaks (Alex Van Dyke and Marcus Rios)," said Terry.
Terry said the offer from the Bruins surprised him.
"I was kind of in shock," said Terry. "UCLA is a great program, academically and football wise, so I didn't think that would be my first offer, but that's a top school. I'm really interested in them."
UCLA wants Terry to play defensive tackle, much like they use Eddie Vanderdoes.
"They want me to stuff the run but also to rush the passer," said Terry. "I could play in both the 4-3 and in a 3-man front."
The Bruins are the first to offer Terry but he's been hearing from Kansas State and Utah too.
"I've only played five games so more could be coming," said Terry. "I will get my AA in December and then will enroll wherever I sign in January or March and whichever school I choose, I'll be there for spring practice. I have two to play two."
Terry doesn't anticipate dragging his recruitment out.
"I'll probably decide in the next 2-4 weeks," said Terry.