Former Long Beach High School star Trevor Terry fulfilled his dream of joining an FBS program on Wednesday.
Terry was one of two junior college football players to sign with Southern Miss, joining defensive tackle Delmond Landry of Southwest Mississippi Community College.
“It was awesome. It’s kind of a big weight off my shoulders,” Terry said. “Going to junior college, you never know if you’re going to make it out of there. It’s a gamble. I signed with the school I wanted to go to. I’m happy.”
Terry will have three years of eligibility at USM after playing his freshman season at Jones County Junior College. He ranked second at JCJC this season with 16 catches for 217 yards and a touchdown in an offense that struggled to pass the ball.
The year at junior college proved beneficial to Terry, helping him bulk up from 160 pounds to 185.
“To end up at a junior college was a big eye opener,” Terry said. “At the same time, I’m happy it turned out this way. I’m just blessed. I can’t do anything but thank God. Everything fell into place.”
Terry caught 62 passes for 1,234 yards and 12 touchdowns as a senior at Long Beach, earning a spot on the Sun Herald All-South Mississippi team.
He also held offers from Tulane and James Madison.
Terry hopes to compete this spring for the outside receiver spot currently filled by D.J. Thompson, a senior whose final USM game is Saturday’s New Orleans Bowl against Louisiana-Lafayette.
Landry should provide immediate depth on the defensive line.
“We are excited to have Delmond and Trevor join the Southern Miss football family,” USM coach Jay Hopson said in a press release. “We look forward to them coming in to join us for the 2017 season.”
The 6-foot-3, 290-pound Landry had 44 tackles at SMCC this season. He is a Donaldsonville, Louisiana, native.
Landry, who was the District 8-1A MVP as a high school senior, also held offers from Texas-San Antonio and Western Kentucky.