COLLEGE CHOICE Undecided
HIGH SCHOOL Eagle’s Landing Christian
WEIGHT 160 lbs
HIGHLIGHTS Junior Tape on Hudl
A few months ago, Byron Terry learned a phrase: humility before honor.
Those three words reminded the Eagle’s Landing Christian defensive back of when he was introduced to Vernon Hargreaves III at Florida’s spring game last season.
“I had an opportunity to talk with him,” said Terry of the Wharton High School product and eventual all-American with the Gators. “I got some great advice. Eventually on Twitter, He told me to always be myself, be relaxed and be humble. Ever since then, I’ve tried to model my play and approach after him, and stay humble.”
After meeting the future NFL prospect, the McDonough native continued to communicate with Hargreaves through social media. This past season, Terry returned to Gainesville on Nov. 21 for an unofficial visit. He had conversations with Hargreaves and wide receiver Latroy Pittman, following Florida’s 20-14 overtime victory against Florida Atlantic.
“I was just saying hi and seeing how they were doing,” Terry recalled. “We continue to stay in touch by texting. For both Latroy (Pittman) and Vernon to make time for me, it still means a lot.”
Eagle’s Landing is coming off a GHSA A Private State Championship in 2015. Since his offseason program began this winter, Terry has established a routine. A 5 a.m. wake up, followed by prayer, breakfast and out the door for a half hour of weight training, led by head coach Jonathan Gess at 6:30. All before the school bell sounds.
“It’s been a competitive situation,” said Terry, who has cousins which include former NFL veterans Dexter Carter, Jamie Nails and Carl Simpson. “I’m focused on becoming a leader with our new junior class coming in. I’ve been watching a lot of film on (Darelle) Revis (New York Jets) and Vernon (Hargreaves) on YouTube.”
And schools are watching his tape. So far during the recruiting process, from an NCAA Division I perspective, the cornerback says he is receiving interest from the Gators, Montana and Rutgers. Terry is planning a return to Gainesville on March 12. Seven days later, he and a few of his teammates will have their measurables tested at the Nike+ Sparq at West Forsyth High School in the northeast suburbs of Atlanta. Later that day, Terry has prom. He also hopes to be at the Orange and Blue Debut at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on April 8.
“I’m enjoying my time at school and with our football program,” Terry said. “I’ve been lucky to have my family, coaches and friends always there for me. It’s about learning everday, competing, working hard and being humble.”