- Radi Nabulsi, Reporter, DawgNation
ESPN 150 athlete Tramel Terry (Goose Creek, S.C./Goose Creek) decommitted from Georgia in September of last year, then recommitted to the Bulldogs in March. Thirteen months after his initial decommitment, could the Under Armour All-American be ready to flip to Clemson?
“It wouldn’t surprise me,” said Chuck Reedy, Terry’s head coach at Goose Creek. “Either way, because he’s always been Georgia from the time he was a freshman because he has family over there, he’s always spent time over there and with A.J. Green having so much success there while being from this area -- there’s a lot of things that go into that.
“But Clemson probably has done a better job recruiting him I think. They have developed a good relationship with him. And like I told the Georgia coach yesterday, they’ve kind of -- I’m talking about Georgia -- they’ve had two or three guys recruiting him I don’t know that they’ve established that same kind of relationship with him that Clemson has.”
The No. 3-rated athlete in the nation, Terry took an official visit to Clemson to Saturday to see the Tigers host Georgia Tech.
“His mother went with him and [Clemson] made him their number one priority. I mean they did a great job with him," Reedy said. "He did not indicate to me that he had changed his mind but he said, ‘When do you want to talk?’ and I said, ‘Whenever you want to talk to me we’ll sit down and talk but you tell me what you’re thinking first and we’ll sit down and discuss it.’ "
That discussion might not indicate a change of plans for Terry since it was planned in advance and will likely take place after Friday’s game against Cane Bay (S.C.) High School, a game that will be telecast by ESPN.
"Clemson people are calling and wanting to know, ‘Is he going to make an announcement on TV?’ and I said, ‘Have you lost your fricking mind?,' " Reedy said, emphasizing the team's focus on winning first, then adding: "There is no announcement to make, number one.”
Reedy has led the powerhouse Goose Creek team to a 7-0 record, having outscored its opponents 346-81. With all the FBS-level players he has coached, not to mention having been head coach at Baylor and an assistant at Clemson and South Carolina, Reedy is no stranger to ferocious recruiting battles.
Reedy says that Clemson’s message might be more to Terry’s liking.
“I think he’s going to be a running back,” Reedy said. “That’s what I think. You can find a lot of 6-foot receivers that run 4.4 - 4.5 or whatever, but to find a running back that’s 200 pounds, that can catch the ball and all of those things -- they’re not as plentiful.
"He will tell you this: Clemson, that’s what they’re trying to sell him on. And I think it’s a good sales pitch. I think his eyes are open to that.”
Georgia’s sales pitch emphasizes multiple positions.
“They’re going to play him on wide receiver and running back and maybe on defense cause they’ve got some guys that play both ways some,” Reedy said. “They’re selling that angle that they’re going to do a lot of things with him. I think Clemson is selling him on the idea that he can step in with Andre Ellington leaving and they don’t really have any proven running backs.
"He’s going to be a January enrollee, so wherever he goes he’s going in early with the idea of having the opportunity to play early.”
Goose Creek uses Terry more out of the backfield than at wide receiver. Terry has racked up 406 yards on 49 carries, picking up 8.3 yards per carry on average. He has also scored 11 rushing touchdowns. As a receiver, Terry has 25 catches for 320 yards.
“He is a Percy Harvin-type player,” Reedy said, comparing styles if not talent level. “I say that because he can play receiver, he can play running back, he can play defensive back. I think that there was a perception at one time he was a fast, receiver-type guy. Tramel bench presses 310 pounds. He’s a physical guy which is like Percy Harvin. I think Harvin benches like 400 pounds. He’s not your typical wide receiver, slender, fast guy. Yeah he’s fast but he’s also a very muscular, physical guy.”
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