Former Long Beach football standout Trevor Terry stepped on a weight scale this week and saw a number he thought was impossible just a couple of years ago – 193.
"I never thought I'd weigh that much," the first-year Southern Miss receiver said Friday. "It's crazy to think about that. In high school being a lighter guy, I never thought I'd weigh that much. It's crazy. When you get to college, you put on weight. You can just see us grow."
Terry put up nice numbers in his senior season at Long Beach in 2015, catching 62 passes for 1,234 yards and 12 touchdowns despite playing alongside five different quarterbacks that season.
He was named to the Sun Herald All-South Mississippi Team and made Class 5A All-State, but the offers didn't pour in for the lanky 6-foot-1 wideout. Alcorn State was the only Division I offer on the table at the end of his high school career.
Instead of taking Jay Hopson's offer at Alcorn State, he instead landed at Jones County Junior College for one year.
At JCJC, he managed to bulk up to 180 pounds. That added weight gave Hopson, now the USM head coach, confidence that he could contribute for the Golden Eagles. Hopson offered Terry at JCJC and he chose the Golden Eagles over Tulane and James Madison.
The decision to take a chance on a skinny overlooked receiver appears set to pay off for Hopson.
Terry caught a touchdown pass in the spring game and has continued to ride that momentum through the offseason.
"I've just been focusing on workouts, running and doing everything I can to try to get to the top of my workout groups," Terry said. "I've got to get my feet wet and get on the field as much as I can."
Hopson believes he has a significantly faster group than he had a year ago and he points to his receiving corps as evidence.
Redshirt freshman Quez Watkins is the fastest receiver on the team with a 40-yard dash of 4.32 seconds and Terry has also made progress on his 40 time.
"Usually, you think putting on weight you're going to get slower, but I've actually gotten faster," Terry said. "When I left high school was in the higher 4.5s. I've been clocked around 4.52."
Terry is set to be a significant part of what should be a deep receiving corps led by senior Allenzae Staggers, who pulled in 63 passes for 1,165 yards and seven touchdowns as a first-year transfer out of junior college last year.
"Last year, I felt like watching games that we didn't have depth at receiver," Terry said. "This year, receiver is one of our strong points. Quez can fly. Me, Jordan (Mitchell) and Korey (Robertson) can all run, go get the deep ball. It's fun to watch the receivers. All around, the whole team is faster."
It's unclear who will be the starting quarterback this season with both sophomore Keon Howard and redshirt junior Kwadra Griggs in the mix, but Terry has already gained the confidence of Griggs.
"He's a great player," Griggs said. "He works hard every day. He has incredible hands. When I throw the ball anywhere, he makes me look good."
He had a strong spring and summer, but Terry knows he has plenty to prove in fall camp, which begins Wednesday in Hattiesburg.
His role won't be clear until the Golden Eagles host Kentucky to start the season at 3 p.m. on Sept. 2.
"It's not for me to say," Terry said. "I'll do as much as I can to stay consistent through fall camp. Coach told me there's going to be an X and a Z. The only thing I can do is go out and compete and let the coaches do the rest."