When college coaches go to scout the talented Los Angeles (Calif.) Augustus Hawkins team this season, they are going to be paying close attention to the wide receiver position where the Hawks have the top receiver in the 2017 and 2018 classes and a dynamic slot receiver in Eric Fuller.
But they may come away talking more about the defensive side of the ball. Hawkins will line up with seven impact defenders this year — four rated as four-star players, a pair of three stars and 2019 linebacker DeGabriel Floyd, who could end up being the best of the bunch when it’s all said and done. Coupled with Floyd, the Hawks have four-star 2018 prospect Victor Terry III at the linebacker position.
Terry III had a big sophomore season, collecting 91 tackles and 10 sacks in 10 games. He also caused three fumbles. His stock seems primed for a boost after the outside linebacker/defensive end had a handful of nice showings during the summer camp season. He credits his ascension as a prospect to the Hawkins coaching staff at the small charter school located just down the street from the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
“When I think about Hawkins, all I can think about is getting better. When I first came here, I wasn’t really at where I am now. Coach Malik [James] and Coach Milvon [James] just got me better. Also, my linebackers coach, Coach Rich[ard Young], has just helped me get better. Then learning the game more has really helped me get nice experience.”
He also is constantly challenged by the competition on both sides of the ball.
“I’m telling you…we go at it. We got at it. It’s competitive. That’s all I can say. We almost get in arguments every day, every time we practice. It’s super competitive. We all want to win.
“Offense go hard. Defense go hard. You just clash that together. We have a good team competitiveness. We’re just a competitive team.”
Terry III currently has offers from Fresno State, Boston College, Ball State and Nevada, but expects there to be more in the near future.
“It’s starting to pick up more, but it’s going pretty good,” Terry III said. “USC, UCLA they are very interested. I don’t know when they’re going to pull on me, but it’s coming soon.”
With plenty of attention coming to the Hawkins program, Terry III has a simple plan to stand out to college coaches: “Just work. Outwork everyone. Just get better and stay humbled about things.”