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VERBAL: 4-star Los Angeles LB Victor Terry credits Wilson, Manning for his decision to go crimson; tape led to WSU offer

WASHINGTON STATE extended an offer to 4-star Los Angeles linebacker Victor Terry out of Hawkins High just last week. He went crimson on Sunday night, becoming the Cougs’ first known verbal commitment of Mike Leach’s 2018 class. CF.C talked to Terry and found out the catalyst for the WSU offer, and why he gave Wazzu his verbal commitment a few days later.

WSU had a strong recruiting duo on Terry (6-1, 197). And Cougar linebackers coach Ken Wilson and area recruiter/outside linebackers coach Roy Manning together made a strong impression.

“It was the coaches,” Terry said when asked why he chose to pledge WSU on Sunday night. “I’ve been talking to Coach Ken Wilson and Coach Roy Manning almost every day and the way they talked, the way they explained things to me, I felt they were really taking me under their wings -- and would get me to where I want to be in the future.”

Terry, who chose WSU over offers from Oregon State, Nevada and others, said there was a catalyst for the WSU offer last week.

“I think it was just them seeing my (junior) film.  I think they saw that I really am an athletic linebacker and with me being able to fit in their defensive scheme so (well). When I talked to Coach Roy when he offered me, he told me he really, really liked my film,” said Terry.

WSU may have put the scholie offer on the table recently, but the Cougs have been recruiting Terry for some time.

“That’s one of the main reasons that made me want to commit as soon as I did – because they showed such interest before even offering me,” said Terry.

Terry is a member of the 300 and is ranked the No. 277 prospect nationally regardless of position. He’s the No. 6 outside linebacker prospect in the state of California, No. 10 in the West and 23rd nationally.  But WSU's recruiting philosophy is to recruit versatile, multi-tool players whenever it can and Terry might not necessarily line up at outside ‘backer for the Cougars.

“They’ve said I could play d-end, outside linebacker and I even have a frame like a safety. It’s kind of too early to say where they might have me, but it’s many spots,” said Terry.

Terry verbally committed without having been to WSU’s campus but said he definitely plans to take an unofficial trip “soon” either in the spring or early summer. He also doesn’t want to slam the door completely on his recruitment.

“With recruiting, I’m still going to end up taking my five official visits. I’m committed to Washington State. I want to go there. But I feel I should see my other options and make the best decision for myself,” said Terry.

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