Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

HIGH SCHOOL NOTEBOOK; Bolles' Terry Picks Gamecocks

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

HIGH SCHOOL NOTEBOOK; Bolles' Terry Picks Gamecocks

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Byline: HAYS CARLYON

Bolles linebacker Bradley Terry accepted a preferred walk-on offer from South Carolina.

Terry led a fierce Bolles defense that enabled the Bulldogs to roll to a 14-0 Class 2A state championship last year, but it's his skills as a long snapper that the Gamecocks covet most.

Terry, who recorded more than 130 tackles last season, received some interest from Florida to walk-on as a long snapper.

In the end, the chance to compete at linebacker as well at South Carolina was too good to pass up.

"Florida and South Carolina both wanted me, but at South Carolina, I would also have an opportunity at linebacker," Terry said. "I think I can play linebacker, and at Florida, I wouldn't have had that chance. South Carolina actually came on late, but they need a long snapper. Head coach Steve Spurrier and I hit it off, and I think South Carolina is the best fit for me."

South Carolina's long snappers struggled in the spring, creating the chance of Terry playing early and earning a scholarship.

"I'm going up in early July, and there's only one other walk-on that they are bringing in that early," Terry said. "I definitely think I can win the position, and if I do, they'll certainly put me on scholarship. They want me to put on some weight. I'm at 205 pounds now, and they'd like me to get between 215 and 220."

FIRST COAST DT BARNES NOT READY TO COMMIT

First Coast defensive tackle Tavaris Barnes was visited by three Florida coaches, including head coach Urban Meyer last Wednesday, but Barnes remains undecided on where he'll play his college ball.

The schools that have offered Barnes and are at the top of his list include UF, Florida State, North Carolina, Georgia Tech, South Carolina and Maryland.

"It was real exciting to have the Florida coaches watching me at practice," Barnes said. "I got into a tussle during an offense-vs.-defense drill. It was nothing major, but the Florida coaches told me they liked my intensity. …

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