Early opportunities arise for Tamorrion Terry

Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher recently announced at ACC Media Day that WR George Campbell is still not fully recovered from a core muscle injury that required surgery in 2016. The disappointing timeline continues for the redshirt sophomore wide receiver who has only recorded three catches for 42 yards during his time in Tallahassee. Though Campbell hasn’t been fully ruled out for fall camp or the 2017 season, things aren’t looking great from his corner right now.

But, when one door closes, another is usually ready to open. Enter 6’4” 210 lb. Tamorrion Terry.

Terry was an underscouted, underseen, athletic freak out of rural central Georgia. He played his high school ball at Turner County High School in Ashburn, GA. In fact, Ashburn is home to less than 4000 people while Tallahassee has about 190K residents.

Thankfully, Florida State boasts one of the top recruiting staffs in the entire country and they routinely are looking for talented prospects under rocks that other coaches have bypassed. Terry was discovered by Fisher and his staff after they viewed a highlight tape of him, they were instantly interested.

The talented wide receiver went on to catch 40 passes for 1,187 yards and 19 touchdowns as a senior. Amazingly, almost half of Terry’s receptions were scores. His impressive performance as a senior netted him an offer from FSU, and that was where Terry wanted to be. The `Noles were also impressed enough with Terry’s teammate, DB Ontaria Wilson, that they offered him as well. By the end of signing day, Terry and Wilson were the diamonds in the rough on top of a supremely talented class that was ranked no.1 in the country by ESPN.

There were questions circulating around Terry’s academics and if he would even make it to campus this summer. But Alas, he finished up his final class and is now in Tallahassee participating in offseason activities with the team.

With the injury to Campbell, the Seminoles could be down to just six healthy scholarship receivers as they enter fall camp. Junior wide receivers Auden Tate and Noonie Murray combined for 52 catches, 850 yards, and 11 touchdowns last season. The rest of the returning receivers (Da’Vante Phillips, George Campbell, Keith Gavin) recorded just 5 catches for 35 yards, no touchdowns. With most of the `Noles returning receivers not being very experienced, talented freshmen like Terry and DJ Mathews will vie for spots in the rotation early.

Personally, it feels like Terry will have the best chance to make an early impact out of the talented duo. Mathews needs some time to build up his frame in Florida State’s strength and conditioning program. He currently weighs in at 160 lbs. and his small frame could affect his durability at the collegiate level. Terry on the other hand weighs about 50 more pounds than Mathews, and he also has the length to immediately become an outside threat in the Seminoles offense.

The underrated freshman could see time as a reserve during his first season in Tallahassee. He explodes out of his stance and has the ability to make quick cuts to get open. Terry is the type of receiver who has a knack to come down with deep balls and his film shows that off. His quarterback routinely airs the ball up and Terry regularly comes down with the ball in traffic or over a defender, who he then outruns to the endzone. His breakaway speed and hustle are remarkable as well. His hands don’t disappoint either, he displays an ability to catch the ball in traffic and he can catch it in stride. Terry also has the ability to one-hand catch a lot of passes. Another thing I like is his positioning when the ball is in the air, he fights to get in front of his defenders to give himself the best chance to make plays.

With Florida State’s depth at wide receiver quickly becoming questionable for the 2017-18 season, Terry has a good chance to become a contributor as a freshman if he can get off to a strong start during fall camp. It’s time to see if he can take advantage of the opportunity in front of him.

Dustin Lewis
Lead writer for NoleGameday. Majoring in Editing, Writing, and Media at Florida State University. Staff Writer for the FSView and contributor for Celtics Hub.

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