Mr. FOOTBALL: Tramel Terry

Goose Creek’s versatile star will be early enrollee at Georgia

12/08/2012 12:44 AM

12/08/2012 12:45 AM

It was not a big surprise that Goose Creek’s Tramel Terry was named South Carolina’s Mr. Football Friday night at the North-South All-Star Football Game Awards Night at Myrtle Beach High.

Terry played wide receiver, running back, returned kicks and played defense when needed. He has been ranked South Carolina’s top player since the preseason by

“It’s amazing to win this award, but coach (Chuck) Reedy told me my freshman year that if I kept working I could win one day,” Terry said. “I was talking to other nominees when they called out my name and I was in shock. There were so many good athletes up there with me I had no idea who would win.

“I signed my financial papers with Georgia today, I had a big project to turn in at school and then I had to drive here. In the morning, I’ll have to drive to Spartanburg for the Shrine Bowl, so it’s going to be a busy two days for me, but I’ve enjoyed every minute of it.”

He has accounted for 2,245 receiving yards, 1,560 rushing, 1,318 returning kicks and 47 touchdowns. During his four years on the varsity, Terry led the Gators to a 46-6 record, including the 2011 Class 4A Division II state championship.

“He’s a leader in school and community,’’ Goose Creek principal Jimmy Huskey said of Terry, who has a 3.3 grade point average. “He has always been a responsible, enthusiastic and competent young man. ...

“He has volunteered at Ronald McDonald House, cooking dinner for the children and parents staying at the house. He has been involved with the local veterans hospital. He has read to younger students at our feeder schools.’’

Terry, 6-foot, 192 pounds, set several school records. He is the first S.C. Mr. Football in five years not to sign with the Gamecocks.

Terry has filed papers to attend Georgia, but cannot sign a letter of letter of intent until National Signing Day in February. He has finished his high school courses and will enroll at Georgia in January.

“I considered South Carolina, because a lot of people were telling me I shouldn’t the first person to break a string of players going there to play,” Terry said. “But

“I liked coach (Mark) Richt from the beginning, and Georgia is the right place for me,” Terry said.

The other finalists were: T.L. Hanna linebacker Ben Boulware, a commitment to Clemson’s 2013 recruiting class; Byrnes receiver Akia Booker; Strom Thurmond quarterback-running back-wide receiver Darius Hammond; and Conway quarterback Mykal Moody.

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