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Monday, April 16, 2012
Spartans Get Verbal from Dual Threat QB in 2013 Class
From Shaw Lane Spartans
Michigan State has itself a 2013 Quarterback, after Damion Terry committed to the Spartans earlier today. His commitment marks the seventh of the class of 2013 and the fourth on offense. As always, you want a QB to commit nice and early so the staff can go out and recruit knowing who will be the centerpiece of the offense in years to come. Terry is not ranked by Rivals or Scout and rated a three-star prospect by 247. He selected Michigan State over offers from Illinois, Boston College, West Virginia, Kent State and Toledo and Duke.
Terry had an outstanding sophomore year and struggled a bit more as a junior. Interesting that the numbers suggest that Terry spent sometime his junior year learning to make shorter throws with higher accuracy but that it impacted his TD to pick ratio. In case you were curious Shane Morris threw only for 14 TDs and 5 Picks his sophmore year.
A Predictor of Future Success is YOUtube
2011 Junior Highlights
2010 Sophomore Highlights
Game Film Review
Note: You MUST listen to some of the background conversation in the Jr Year Highlights. Secret agents and killin’!
In Terry’s highlight video, he does a funny thing a lot in his sophomore video and a little less in his junior year video. He runs the zone read. The only guy who seems to give him a legitimate run for his money in terms of athleticism in the Dantonio era is Tyler O’ Connor. Notice anything weird about this? Two recruiting seasons of Roushar and two mobile quarterbacks. On his home planet of Roushax 5, all offenses are composed entirely of mobile QBs and H-backs.
Terry has that kind of wonky throwing motion that most mobile QBs have, but he probably won’t be in a serious position battle until 2016 so he’s got a while to figure it out. Terry has a nice touch on those sideline go/fade routes. He throws it over the middle a few times with some zip.
Predictions for 2013 and Beyond
Barring doom Terry will have two chances to compete for more than a single year of playing time as the starter. In the fall of 2014, he will be a redshirt freshman battling Cook(RS-Jr.) and O’Connor(RS-Soph) barring injury or transfer to either of them. In 2016, he’ll have a chance to battle again as a Redshirt Junior against O’Connor as a RS-Sr, so yeah, we’re really talking about a guy who will be playing football in 2017 which feels like it cannot be a real year in the future anyway.