The state’s projected top high school football prospect for 2013 is already versed in the highs and lows of the recruiting process.
In a span of two months last summer, Goose Creek junior wide receiver Tramel Terry pledged his college future to Georgia and put himself back on the recruiting market.
Terry said he got caught up in the moment of Georgia’s Dawg Night prospect camp.
“I pretty much rushed my decision,” Terry told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution in late September. “I don’t want to be committed to Georgia unless I’m 100 percent in. I just feel like I wasn’t committed even when I was, so it was time to go ahead and do this.”
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He says he’ll make a more informed decision this time around, with South Carolina, Clemson and Georgia believed to be his favorites. He has offers from Notre Dame, Tennessee and many others, and is drawing interest from Alabama.
The 6-foot, 180-pound Terry had more than 1,700 total yards and 20 total touchdowns last season in helping Goose Creek win the Class 4A Division II state championship.
At No. 164, Terry is the highest-rated S.C. prospect in 247Sports’ first Top 247 for 2013.
MORE TOP PROSPECTS
-- Mike Williams, wide receiver, Lake Marion: Williams (6-4, 190) had 1,141 yards and 10 scores last season. He’s not far behind Terry at No. 180 in 247Sports’ Top 247. His offers include USC, Clemson, Georgia and Notre Dame.
-- Jabo Lee, running back, Dillon: Lee (5-10, 180) ran the ball in 2011 for more than 1,600 yards and 26 touchdowns, and averaged more than 11 yards a carry. He has offers from East Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia Tech, and has taken unofficial visits to Clemson and South Carolina.
-- Harold Atkinson, running back, Carolina Forest: Atkinson (6-1, 205) rushed for 1,523 yards and 14 touchdowns last season. He has offers from Minnesota and Indiana. New USC running backs coach Everette Sands recruited Atkinson for N.C. State and has been in touch with Carolina Forest since joining the Gamecocks.
-- Mykal Moody, athlete, Conway: Moody (5-11, 180), as a dual-threat quarterback, ran for 1,500 yards and around 30 scores in 2011. He is hearing from schools all over the country, including South Carolina, Clemson, Oregon, Alabama and Florida. He’s being recruited for multiple positions, including quarterback, wide receiver and defensive back.
-- D.J. Park, offensive lineman, Dillon: Park (6-6, 316) is the Gamecocks’ first commitment for the 2013 class, pledging last month. He also had offers from Clemson, LSU and Auburn.
-- Bryce King, offensive lineman, Dillon: King (6-4, 290) said Park’s pledge to USC does not affect him, though they have talked about playing together. He has offers from USC, Clemson, Virginia Tech, LSU and Tennessee, among others.
-- Jaylen Miller, defensive end, Gaffney: Miller (6-3, 250) is expected to be a top defensive target for this next class. He’s hearing from USC, Clemson, N.C. State, Tennessee, Maryland and others.
-- Michael Hill, defensive lineman, Pendleton: Hill (6-3, 315) also is projected to be a top defensive prospect for 2013. He’s No. 183 nationally in 247Sports’ Top 247 and has offers from South Carolina and Clemson, and is hearing from Auburn, Alabama and Florida.
-- Devaris Brunson, linebacker, Lake City: Brunson (6-1, 205) led Lake City in 2011 with 172 tackles, 18 tackles for loss, 10 sacks, an interception, eight forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries. Clemson and USC are showing the most interest. He is also hearing from Tennessee, Florida, Nebraska and others.
-- Gerald Turner, linebacker, Goose Creek: Turner (6-1, 240) has offers from the Gamecocks and Tigers and is hearing from Notre Dame, Alabama, LSU, Tennessee and others. He had 85 tackles and nine sacks last season.
-- Justin Bridges-Thompson, linebacker, Spartanburg: Bridges-Thompson (6-0, 190) had 155 tackles after making the move from safety. He’s hearing from South Carolina, Clemson, Alabama, Oregon and more, and has offers from Arizona, Pittsburgh, N.C. state and others.