Juco DL Nick Terry Commits to UCLA

UCLA got a commitment on Thursday night from American River (Calif.) College defensive tackle Nick Terry...

From the time he was offered a few weeks ago, American River (Calif.) College defensive tackle Nick Terry knew that UCLA was where he wanted to commit.

"I wanted to commit as soon as they offered me," said Terry.  "But I wanted to wait it out and weigh stuff."

When Bruins defensive line coach Angus McClure called Terry on Thursday, he asked him if he was still interested in UCLA and still excited about them.

That's when Terry knew it was time to pull the trigger.

"He called me and asked if I was still excited about them because I had been waiting it out and I said yes and that I was ready to commit," said Terry.  "Now is the time.  He was fired up about it."

Terry said his familiarity with McClure and the opportunity to play in the Pac-12 was tough to pass up.

"Coach Angus mentioned by college coach now and coached him so I know what kind of coach he is," said Terry.  "I had the opportunity to play in the Pac-12 out of high school, but everything happens for a reason so now I'm getting that chance."

After spending his first two years at Boise State, Terry bounced back to American River, where he's a redshirt sophomore, and he had hoped an opportunity like UCLA would come along, but he knew it was a big risk.

"When I left there, I had hoped it would happen, but I didn't know what to expect," said Terry.  "It was hard at first playing at a JC, but like I've said, everything happens for a reason and I'm excited to do something I love."

The Bruins left a big impression on Terry when they first offer.

"They've been the most consistent and Coach Angus has been on it," said Terry.  "He said they could be short on defensive tackles next year so I'll be in the rotation.  And overall, the school was good and I couldn't go wrong with that.  The academics, playing in the Rose Bowl, being closer to my family.  It all worked out.  Now my family can come to my games."

Terry has two years to play his two seasons and plans to be at UCLA by the time spring practice starts.

"I'll either enroll in January or March," said Terry, who will get his AA in December.

As for his official visit, Terry said that will come at the conclusion of American River's season.

"As soon as we lose and end the season, I'll take my official, but I'm hoping we win out, win NorCal and then go to state," said Terry.

Terry is a three-star defensive tackle by Scout in the JC rankings.

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