American River (Calif.) College defensive lineman Nick Terry will sign with UCLA this week on JC Signing Day.
But before Terry puts his pen to paper, he took a much-anticipated official visit to UCLA over the weekend, his first time on campus.
"UCLA was really nice and the campus was amazing," said Terry. "This was my first time on campus and it was really nice. All of those buildings were beautiful and their academics are really high. It's a very nice school. All the tourists coming on campus to see it says a lot."
Terry got to watch the Bruins practice on Saturday and was able to observe defensive line coach Angus McClure and defensive coordinator Tom Bradley coach.
"The practices were cool and I really enjoyed the tempo and how they kept things going," said Terry. "I was watching with Coach Angus and Coach Bradley and watching what they do in their drills and with the interior lineman. The coaches are all really cool."
Terry was hosted by another Sacramento native, Eddie Vanderdoes, on his visit.
"I didn't know Eddie in high school, but I knew of him," said Terry, who was in the same class with Vanderdoes. "The first night, we were with Eddie and Kenny Clark and Jacob Tuioti-Mariner, just hanging out and that was all really cool."
With two years to play his final two seasons, Terry said he's ready to get going at UCLA.
"Coach Bradley kept saying that they need me right away so I need to come in and be prepared," said Terry. "For a lot of freshman, it's slower, but with me, they told me that they're going to put me in right away and I'm ready for that and the speed of it. I have already been in a college program before, so I'm ready for the speed of it. But now, I'll play with more of a chip on my shoulder. I have more to prove as a bounce back."
Terry measured 6-4, 286, and said that the coaches would like him in the 295-300 range by the time spring practice starts.
"When I talked to Coach (Sal) Alosi, he said to come in with the weight I am right now, that way I don't have any extra weight on, and they'll get me where they want me," said Terry.
Terry got to meet head coach Jim Mora and he's eager to play for him.
"I am excited and ready to start with Coach Mora," said Terry. "He was a cool and nice guy and really friendly."