Monday, December 24, 2018

Prep D-lineman Da’Jon Terry makes signing with KU official on Christmas Eve

Kansas University football recruiting

Kansas University football recruiting


Any Kansas football fans fretting about the status of prep prospect Da’Jon Terry received some welcome news on Christmas Eve.

When KU published this past week its list of early Class of 2019 signees, it didn’t include Terry.

That’s not to say his official national letter of intent documentation went without his signature during the early signing period. It was just that Terry wanted to wait and have his signing ceremony with coaches and family members on Wednesday. Consequently, KU held back on divulging the D-lineman’s presence in the signing class until he could follow through with those holiday wishes.

Terry, a 6-foot-4, 350-pound defensive lineman from Meridian, Miss., first committed to KU on Dec. 17, just two days before college football’s early signing period.

According to Rivals, Terry is a two-star prospect and he also had an offer from South Alabama.

Even so, Terry’s defensive line coach at Meridian High, Demetruis Hill, foresees a bright future for the under-the-radar prospect.

Hill, who attended Terry’s ceremony, told Jon Kirby of Jayhawk Slant that, although Terry only played one season of high school football, the massive D-lineman showed some of the qualities Hill also saw in some former standout pupils.

A few years ago, Hill coached Raekwon Davis at Meridian. Listed at 6-7 and 316 pounds, Davis, now a defensive lineman at Alabama, projects as an NFL first-round draft pick in 2019.

“Da’Jon has that kind of talent if he is developed the right way,” Hill told Jayhawk Slant. “He can be one of those guys sitting there on draft day.”

KU is expected to add around four more players to its 2019 recruiting class, which currently stands at 11, on National Signing Day in February.

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KU football’s 2019 recruits

(ratings from Rivals; √ = signed)

√ 3-star St. Thomas Aquinas S Jayden Russell (6-3, 190)

√ 3-star McEachern H.S. (Ga.) CB Valerian Agbaw (5-10, 170)

√ 3-star Mesa C.C. (Ariz.) QB Thomas MacVittie (6-5, 225)

√ 3-star Iowa Central C.C. WR Ezra Naylor (6-4, 210)

√ 3-star Golden West Coll. (Calif) CB Justin Ford (6-1, 180)

√ 3-star Iowa Western C.C. DE Malcolm Lee (6-5, 270)

√ 2-star Coahoma C.C. (Miss.) DL Caleb Sampson (6-4, 285)

√ 2-star Iowa Central C.C. WR Andrew Parchment (6-2, 185)

√ 2-star Meridian H.S. (Miss.) DL Da’Jon Terry (6-4, 350)

√ 2-star Andale High TE Mason Fairchild (6-5, 250)

√ 2-star Rochdale H.S. (Texas) QB Torry Locklin (6-2, 195)


Brad Avery 2 years, 8 months ago

For those who have not seen his tapes, they are worth viewing. He is a dominant d-lineman.

Brett McCabe 2 years, 8 months ago

Agreed. He could be a real steal for the program. Miles and company continue to impress.

Kevin Robert Fest 2 years, 8 months ago

He's a high schooler, give him a redshirt and a few years to develop, hopefully other teams will be wishing that got him. You can't teach 350, but l suspect going through camp and training he'll play a little lighter.

Randy Bombardier 2 years, 8 months ago

Looks like a beast. I hope he reaches his potential. Godspeed, young man.

Ashwin Rao 2 years, 8 months ago

Great move, Da’Jon! I am so happy that you chose KU! Looking forward to some great games from you!

Edward Daub 2 years, 8 months ago

A massive Meridian who combines Longitude instinct with Latitude potential!

A great Christmas gift for KU fans dreaming of the next Gilbert Brown.

Dane Pratt 2 years, 8 months ago

Welcome to Larryville Mr. Terry. You're going to love it here.

Dirk Medema 2 years, 8 months ago

Interesting that Hudl and the Meridians FB roster list him at 6-3, 295. It is very conceivable that he could still be growing. 55 lbs could be the result of this being (per Hudl) his first year playing football and hence getting into a weight room. That bodes real well with getting into a D1 S&C program.

Maybe even more interesting is that he wasn't the biggest part of the DL. Leviticus Madison is a 6-3, 325 (listed) Jr. It would be nice to get his teammate for next year as well. Can't have too many DT's, especially when they're 3+.

Mike Hart 2 years, 8 months ago

For those who haven't read Jon Kirby's JayhawkSlant article on Da'Jon Terry... it is an interesting read. Apparently, Terry has only played one year of high school football, but his head coach at Meridian High School absolutely raves about him and his potential. Great attitude and coach said he was one of the hardest workers in the 14 years he's been coach at Meridian. His high school D-line coach said this:

“As I told the coaches at Kansas, he is someone who can be developed,” Hill said. “He just needs to be in the right situation. I’ve coached a lot of guys who have been to the league. I have coached four of them in the NFL and another one now at Alabama who will probably go in the first round. Da’Jon has that kind of talent if he is developed the right way. He can be one of those guys sitting there on draft day.”

Love the upside of this giant kid... and sounds like we have the coaching staff in place to coach him up... maybe he plays in 2019.. but 2020 is looking very promising!

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