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Terry felt the love from Spartans' staff

4/18/2012

Michigan State made sure four-star quarterback Damion Terry (Erie, Pa./Cathedral Prep) knew he was among the Spartans’ top priorities. On Monday, the first day of the spring evaluation period, a member of the Spartans’ staff was at Terry’s high school.

Later that day, Terry committed to the Spartans.

“When the coach came and saw me throw, I heard he was impressed,” Terry said Tuesday night. “He told my coach I had a real strong arm, good accuracy, good footwork, very mobile. … That made me real happy and I made it final.”

Terry’s courtship with the Spartans began heating up two weeks ago when he made a visit April 5. Terry received a deeper look at the Michigan State program than he did in February for a junior day. Spartans coach Mark Dantonio also talked with Terry one-on-one in his office, which he was not able to do during the junior day as Dantonio was not on campus that afternoon.

With the Spartans in the middle of spring practice, Terry was able to watch the quarterbacks go through practice and meetings. A dual threat at quarterback, Terry expects to go back to a pro-style offense as a senior, similar to the one he ran when he led Cathedral Prep to the state semifinals as a sophomore. He believes sitting in on those meetings will help him as a senior in a pro-style offense.

“I’ll head up to Michigan State more and be in more quarterback meetings and can get a good visual of defenses and take it back to Prep,” he said.

Ranked No. 9 among dual-threat quarterbacks, several of Michigan State’s other 2013 recruits and even a couple of 2012 signees saw the importance of bringing Terry in. Current commits Caleb Benenoch, Jon Reschke, and R.J. Shelton reached out to Terry, and 2012 commits Demetrious Cox, a fellow Western Pennsylvania product, and Tyler O’Connor also talked with Terry.

“Caleb said he’d to love block for me. R.J. said it’s nice with him at running back and me at quarterback. Me and Jon talked at the practice,” Terry said. “I like them a lot.”