Trevor Terry wasn’t kidding.
After picking up a Southern Miss offer over the weekend, Terry told the Sun Herald he didn’t expect a commitment would be far behind.
Tuesday night, the former Long Beach High School football standout verbally committed to the Golden Eagles.
“I knew from the very beginning that’s where I wanted to be,” Terry said Wednesday. “When they offered me, I had a strong feeling that’s where I wanted to be, so I didn’t have to give it much more thought.
“I feel like it was meant to be.”
“Validated” is the best way to describe Terry’s mood after committing to Southern Miss.
Terry was one of the more productive receivers in the state while at Long Beach, racking up 62 receptions for 1,234 yards and 12 touchdowns as a senior.
Terry was overlooked by most, but then-Alcorn State coach Jay Hopson noticed the 6-foot-1, 185-pound receiver and gave him his only four-year offer.
Terry opted to attend Jones County Junior College instead. When Hopson was hired at Southern Miss after last season, he didn’t forget his former target.
“I tried to work very hard to get that Southern Miss offer. (The former staff) talked to me a lot, but the offer never came, so this means a lot,” Terry said. “I feel like he believed in me a lot because he offered me twice.”
Terry has yet to play a down of junior college football, but he said he’s done with the recruiting process.
“Southern Miss is clear-cut where I’m going to be so I think I’m shutting it down,” he said.
Terry, who also has an offer from James Madison University, plans to transfer to USM in December.