Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco junior wide receiver Terrell Bynum was one of the first prospects in the 2017 class to earn a scholarship offer from USC, and while the Trojans got the “dream school” label early in the process, the newness of recruiting is wearing off.
Today, Bynum thinks less about scholarship offers and more about the type of player he will be in college.
“At this point I’m just trying to grind and get ready for college,” said Bynum. “I want to be able to play as a true freshman, so that motivates me.
“I stay in the weight room almost every day trying to get bigger. I also run track to keep my speed up. When I can, I get out here to play some ball in seven-on-seven. I’m also finishing things up in the classroom and trying to be the best I can be as a student-athlete.”
Bynum remarks that he has gotten significantly stronger in the past year, while improving his speed. Although he did not run track competitively last spring, he reports a 10.7 100-meter time.
Bynum has great moves in the open field, but his moves off the field have to be noted as well.
Bynum began his high school football career at St. John Bosco, and after spending two years at Servite, the 6-foot-1, 180-pound four-star is back with the Braves.
College coaches haven’t been confused by the move.
“Everybody has been by to see me,” said Bynum. “A lot of the coaches think I’ve gotten a little bigger. The coaches that have stayed in contact the most have been from Washington.
“The person who probably sticks out the most is [Chris] Peterson. I probably talk to him almost every day. I talk to Coach [Bush] Hamdan everyday too. Stanford and Notre Dame have been recruiting me a lot more too.”
USC, with a new coaching staff in place, has also been in regular contact with Bynum.
“It’s USC, and USC is also going to get talent,” said Bynum. “They’re never going to really be down. They’ll also have good people and good coaches there. I think they’ll flourish with their new staff.”
Bynum spoke to wide receivers coach Tee Martin after his promotion to offensive coordinator.
“I just reached out to him to congratulate,” said Bynum. “I’m going up there for their junior day as well. They canceled the first date they had, but I’ll be up there for sure when they do have it.”
Bynum has always followed USC football closely. With Clay Helton now running the team, Bynum will continue to watch the evolution of the Trojans’ offense.
“I like the way they utilize their playmakers,” said Bynum. “I think they been doing a good job of that. This year I really want to see how they react not having Cody Kessler [at quarterback].
“They’ll still have their weapons in Juju Smith, Adoree' [Jackson] and now all of those five stars they just signed like Jack [Jones]. I just want to see how the offense comes together without Kessler.”
Mentioning USC’s big recruiting haul at wide receiver this past month, depth charts will factor into Bynum’s decision a year from now.
“I keep that under consideration, but at the end of the day, you have to compete no matter where you go,” said Bynum. “That’s not the biggest factor, but it something I keep in the back of my mind.”
Bynum and his teammate, five-star offensive guard Wyatt Davis, will analyze several school on unofficial visits this spring and summer.
“I think we’re going to Michigan, Notre Dame, Tennessee and a few other SEC schools,” said Bynum. “We’ll also be at Stanford’s junior day and we’ll get up to see Washington too.”