Dallas (Texas) St. Mark's wide receiver Terdema Ussery had a disappointing junior season in a lot of ways. The 6-foot-3 prospect missed much of preseason practice and the first three games of the year due to an ankle injury he sustained over the summer. However, he clearly spent more than enough time on the field to make an impression.
On Tuesday afternoon, Ussery's high school hosted Stanford head coach Jim Harbaugh on its campus and Harbaugh had some good news for the star junior receiver.
"Coach Harbaugh came up to my school and was talking to my coach and I was in the weight room," Ussery said. "We met briefly and shook hands. Then he left and my coach called me into his office and said that Coach Harbaugh had just offered me a Stanford scholarship."
Ussery's first offer was a big one for him. A California native, Ussery already had an appreciation for the Stanford football program, but he has a different kind of appreciation now.
"After my coach told me about the offer I called coach Harbaugh to thank him," he said. "You don't really know what to say in those situations because you're so thankful that they'd pay for your college. We all have a dream to play college sports and to see that dream is kind of taking effect is great."
Though Stanford takes the always important designation as the first school to offer Ussery, he has more than just a fleeting interest in the Northern California program.
"They're definitely one of my top choices," he said. "I'm from California originally and I have a lot of family up there. It'd be nice for them to get to see me play. I have a lot of respect for the Pac-10 and I don't think you can name a better academic/athletic school than Stanford."
Ussery has been receiving interest from programs such as Florida, Georgia Tech, Michigan, Oklahoma State, Oregon and UCLA and more offers will surely follow. If more offers from the West Coast find their way into Ussery's mailbox, Stanford may have some competition.
"I love USC because I was born in Inglewood, California like 20 minutes away from the Coliseum," he said. "That's a school that I've always rooted for. My uncle and father went to Cal-Berkley too so I've always grown up cheering for them."
Would a USC offer put the Trojans immediately on top?
"It would definitely go along with an offer from Stanford as one of my top choices," he said.
Ussery has been clocked as fast as 4.48 in the forty and has good size at 6-foot-3. He scored seven touchdowns as a junior in an injury-shortened season.