- Radi Nabulsi, Reporter, DawgNation
For two months this past summer, Georgia was the envy of top programs all over the south as the Bulldogs had a commitment from ESPNU 2013 Watch List member Tramel Terry (Goose Creek, S.C./Goose Creek). The talented wide receiver committed to Mark Richt at Dawg Night in July, but then later decommitted, saying that he had gotten “caught up in the moment.” The coaches in Athens aren’t giving up on Terry.
“Georgia came by yesterday,” Terry told DawgNation on Saturday. “It was Coach [John] Lilly. That was pretty cool. Later on I asked him about the engineering program they got. We talked about that and how I need to go to the campus. I want to get up there soon to look at the campus and stuff. I have been there for football games and Dawg Night, but I really haven’t gotten the chance to look around.”
The subject of Terry’s decommitment was never discussed.
“They understand where I am coming from and they did start recruiting me harder,” Terry said.
Lilly has his work cut out for him as there is plenty of competition.
“I am still wide open,” Terry said. “I got two new offers last week, from Notre Dame and Southern Miss, and that put me at 21 offers I think.”
The Bulldogs were not the only team to stop by Goose Creek this past week. Someone at the high school will need to order a lot of visitor badges.
“On Wednesday, Notre Dame, South Carolina and Georgia Tech came by to see me. They all came by at the same time,” Terry said. “It is crazy that in my freshman and sophomore years, everyone was coming by to see my boy Brandon Shell. Now everyone is coming by to see me and my teammate Gerald Turner (Goose Creek, S.C./Goose Creek).”
Turner is an ESPNU 150 Watch List linebacker with offers from South Carolina and Clemson. He is also one of Terry’s confidants, as he understands the pressures faced by highly coveted recruits.
“I talk to a lot of people like Jalen McDaniel (Fayetteville, N.C./Jack Britt) and Uriah LeMay (Matthews, N.C./Butler). Gerald Turner, he and I are likely going to be the No. 1 and No. 2. players in the state. He is real quiet about his recruitment and I can’t get where he is going to go out of him. I don’t know if Georgia is recruiting him or not, but once his highlight tape gets out, he will get some looks. His highlight tape is ridiculous. He has six blocked punts -- he is a beast.”
Terry isn’t boasting when he talks about being at the top of the Palmetto State rankings. He hears that from a number of scouting services.
“That is what everyone is saying, so hopefully it comes out to be true,” Terry said. “It would mean a lot – a personal goal. It keeps me working because I know other people want that title. But there is a lot of pressure too, because Jadeveon Clowney, Marcus Lattimore, and Stephon Gilmore all played for South Carolina. A lot of people try to use that against me because I know it is going to be hell if I don’t go to South Carolina then.”
The Gamecocks will get the chance to host Terry soon, as will the Tigers and eventually the Bulldogs.
“I am trying to make it to Clemson on January 28 and then South Carolina on February 4,” Terry said. “Then I am going to try to go to Georgia for a basketball game and look around. I don’t know what date yet.”
1dGreg Ostendorf and Alex Scarborough