The Bruins got a big (literally) commitment Thursday night from JuCo defensive lineman Nick Terry (HT 77Bruinlaw).
Terry was a 3* recruit in 2013 during his senior year in high school and originally attended Boise State. He was a redshirt his first year and then BSU Head Coach Chris Petersen left Boise State for Washington in his second year. Terry left Boise State too and landed at American River C.C. this season where he impressed Bruins defensive line coach Angus McClure enough to land a U.C.L.A. offer 2 weeks ago.
I wanted to commit as soon as they offered me," said Terry. "But I wanted to wait it out and weigh stuff."
When Bruins defensive line coach Angus McClure called Terry on Thursday, he asked him if he was still interested in UCLA and still excited about them.
That's when Terry knew it was time to pull the trigger.
"He called me and asked if I was still excited about them because I had been waiting it out and I said yes and that I was ready to commit," said Terry. "Now is the time. He was fired up about it."
"They've been the most consistent and Coach Angus has been on it," said Terry. "He said they could be short on defensive tackles next year so I'll be in the rotation. And overall, the school was good and I couldn't go wrong with that. The academics, playing in the Rose Bowl, being closer to my family. It all worked out. Now my family can come to my games."
Terry has two years to play his two seasons and plans to be at UCLA by the time spring practice starts.
"I'll either enroll in January or March," said Terry, who will get his AA in December.
Terry joins Osa Odighizuwa and Marcus Moore as defensive line commits for the 2016 class.
You can see his highlights below.
This video includes highlights from his first 6 games this season.
The Bruins are almost certainly going to lose the services of Junior DT Kenneth Clark who is having an monster year and will be draft eligible after this season. It's unclear now if junior DE Eddie Vanderdoes returns next year as well, though I am much more optimistic about that possibility. Nevertheless, if Coach McClure suggests we'll be short on defensive tackles next season, he knows better than anyone and that's a concern, so getting a player who already has some D-1 experience and coaching will be an immediate help. This also suggests the Bruins are moving on following the recent decommitment of the top DL in California. Here's where I insert the standard disclaimer about verbal commitments and LOI signing day being 3 months away (although Terry plans to enroll early), and it's unclear if his former coach at BSU is recruiting him to Washington, so there are a few things that may yet play out. But for now...
Welcome to Westwood, Nick!