The University of Texas-San Antonio is set to begin its inaugural season of football in 2011. The Roadrunners, led by former national championship-winning head coach Larry Coker, will spend one season at the FCS level before joining the WAC a year later.
UTSA is starting to become a force on the recruiting trail. This past weekend they received a commitment from one of the top players in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Denton (Texas) Guyer linebacker Blake Terry.
"I committed to University of Texas-San Antonio," Terry said. "I was down there on an official visit. I was there since Thursday evening. I'm done taking visits. That's it."
The 6-foot, 235-pound three-star prospect says there was plenty to like about his official visit.
"I liked the Alamodome," he said. "I liked the players. I liked the coaches. I really liked the coaches. They were more relaxed. They love you. They want to be your second parents - your parents away from home. They're going to look after you and help you look after yourself."
Terry also likes the idea of being on the team in its first year in existence.
"All the good things that are to come in the future, starting a legacy, it's a great opportunity to make the first statement at UTSA," he said. "We are going to be known as the ones who started it all."
Terry, a former Kentucky commit, had a chance to talk to Coker and liked what his future head coach had to say.
"We had a one-on-one talk," he said of Coker. "He said he really wanted me and I was a great prospect for him. It seemed like I could really come in and help the team with a defensive need.
"I'm an overall player. He said he liked me ever since he saw my film. He said he had me in his crosshairs and he was determined to get me."
Terry played some outside linebacker for Guyer in the past and there was some talk about him possibly moving to defensive end in college. However, he says that UTSA has a position in mind for him already.
"They want me as a middle linebacker," he said. "Once I started playing middle and I looked a lot better, that's what everybody switched back to with me."
There have been stories recently about UTSA possibly installing orange turf in the Alamodome to match their uniforms. While there have been artist renderings of what it would look like, there has yet to be a definitive answer on if the plan is truly in place. Terry says he was as curious as anybody and made sure to ask.
"I asked them about the turf, definitely," he said. "I was trying to push them to get it. I think it's just a rumor going around, though. I'm just going to continue to ask and see what they say. They may surprise everybody but I don't know."