June 29, 2011

Forming a special bond

While it's certainly not unusual for lasting friendships to be formed during the recruiting process, Goose Creek wide receiver Tramel Terry and two other members of the 2013 class are forming a special bond.

It's one the 6-foot, 190-pounder hinted Wednesday could carry on through their college days.

Those other two players - none other than Camden County quarterback Brice Ramsey and Yulee, Fla. running back Derrick Henry, names that college recruiting junkies will become well-acquainted with over the next two seasons.

"We're thinking about it," said Terry, who will join his two buddies in Athens for Dawg Night on July 15. "I've always been a Georgia fan, but I just haven't been there so South Carolina's on top for me. But I'll go to Dawg Night and see how it goes."

Terry, Ramsey and Henry each have verbal offers from the Bulldogs.

For Terry and Ramsey, their relationship can be traced to the fact that their fathers both worked together in the Navy, although it was just recently that the two became fast friends.

"Last year I met his dad, who told me his son was a pretty good quarterback prospect," Terry said. "We went to the Georgia-South Carolina game last year and that's when we started truly talking. Since then we've kept in touch every week."

The two recently took part in a 7-on-7 tournament at Florida State.

"He was fitting the ball in there between the linebackers," Terry said. "He looks pro-ready right now."

Terry is no slouch himself, having added 20 pounds since the end of last year while maintaining a reported time of 4.38 in the 40-yard dash.

"I'd like to make a decision by the middle of the season or at least by the end of the season," Terry said of his eventual college choice.

So where exactly is Terry thinking he might go? He isn't certain yet but South Carolina ranks at the top of his list with UGA following in a close second.

"South Carolina is No. 1 right now but UGA is a close second," he said. "I've just spent a lot of time at South Carolina and I know Marcus Lattimore, but I go to UGA' s camp in July so they could even slip into the No. 1 spot, who knows."

Just because two SEC schools round out the top of Terry's list doesn't mean he isn't giving any other colleges a look. He plans to visit Georgia Tech next week and visits to Clemson and Florida State have really stood out to the receiver.

"Clemson and Florida State stood out to me for different reasons. Florida State was in a cool city and but Clemson had that football college town feel and I really like that, I heard Athens is like that too, though," Terry said.

Clemson's college town feel isn't the only thing that grabbed Terry's attention. He said that Tigers coach Dabo Swinney is the type of coach he would want at the next level.

"I want a coach at the next level that is committed to us, who teaches us life lessons, and a coach that can relate," he said. "Coach Dabo from Clemson is like that; he can just relate with you on the field and talks you up on the field."

Although he sees himself as a receiver in a pro-style offense, don't count against Terry getting a look on the defensive side.

"I'm also playing DB some, I'm learning a lot and I like it. Colleges are also starting to recruit me at the DB position" Terry said. "I'd like to see myself in a pro style offense and a four-three defense if I were to play DB."

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