FB or LB for James Terry?

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During Fork Union Military Academy’s combine last month, UVA commit James Terry impressed with his combination of size and speed. Terry played linebacker this season for FUMA Head Coach John Shuman, however has the athleticism and ability to be a great fullback for the Cavaliers over the next four years.

He played running back for Woodbridge High School before coming to Fork Union. As a senior at Woodbridge, he rushed for 914 yards and seven touchdowns and caught 13 passes for 189 yards.

“James did pretty good at the combine,” Shuman said. “He ran a 4.61 in the 40, and did well in the pro agility. Right now, he’s about 6-2, 225 pounds. I didn’t know he played running back in high school…we took him because he had signed with Virginia. So we played him at linebacker, and he did well and learned a lot about the position. He was one of the leading tacklers for us and had ten sacks. But when I spoke with the UVA coaches, they mentioned they would probably move him to fullback. I think they are looking at him as an athletic fullback. He has good feet and good hands.”

According to Shuman, Terry has showed a nice work ethic during his time, and has been able to put on a lot of muscle and trim down throughout the year.

“James has a big, stocky frame, but now he is a little more cut than he was,” Shuman said. “We cut the summer off of him and he’s looking good. We’ve really worked him hard over the year, and he’s done a good job of sticking with it. Some guys don’t do the work that they need to do to get better, but I think James has done it. He’s put his mind and heart into it.”

Shuman says Terry is “already cleared” to enroll in Virginia this Fall. James has not yet returned to Fork Union due to personal problems, but has indicated he will be back on January 19th. He will sign a letter of intent with Virginia on February 4, 2004.