- Last Updated on 12:22 PM 04/23/12
- BY Joe Chandler
Former Halifax County High School football standout Patrick Terry will be playing for a new team this coming fall. Terry, who had spent the past three seasons playing football at Virginia Tech, will transfer to Winston-Salem State University and play football for the Rams this fall.
The former Comets football star is receiving a full scholarship to attend Winston-Salem State University and will have two seasons of eligibility at the Division II school.
“I’m real excited,” Terry said while making the announcement Monday.
“It’s a great opportunity to play football. Coach Beamer (Virginia Tech head football coach Frank Beamer) and them told me about the opportunity to transfer. At first I was kind of confused and upset about it. But, I talked to my family and prayed about it. I saw it as a good opportunity for me to get onto the field.”
Terry had hoped to be seeing a good amount of playing time at Virginia Tech at this point in his career. However, that opportunity had not materialized.
“It (the decision to transfer) was more that I wanted to make an impact on the team,” Terry explained.
“Being at Virginia Tech, I wasn’t really an impact player. At Winston-Salem State, I have the opportunity to make an impact and help them win the championship. Even when I was in high school, I wanted to be involved in something. Going to Virginia Tech and being there is a different thing. It just comes down to being able to play and be a part of something.”
Terry said he has no regrets about the three years he spent at Virginia Tech.
“I feel like God put me there for a reason and the reason was to mature as both a football player and a person,” Terry pointed out.
“I can take everything I learned at Virginia Tech and go to Winston-Salem State and help the younger players and teach them some of the things I learned while I was there. I was at Virginia Tech for three years and I feel that was three years that I needed. Now I can go somewhere else and help somebody and, at the same time, excel in football.”
Terry said coaches at Winston-Salem State have told him that he has as good of an opportunity as anyone to land a starting position at wide receiver.
“I know they (the coaches) can’t promise anybody anything,” Terry said.
“But, I know that when I go down there I will have a shot to be the starting wide receiver and I will have every chance in the world to be a starting receiver. I’m going to be in a good situation. All I have to do is perform.”
Terry said the offensive philosophy at Winston-Salem State is in some ways similar to the offensive schemes he played while playing at Halifax County High School under former Comets coaches John Lacy Harris and Stan Hodgin.
“They run three receivers, and sometimes they will go to a spread offense with four or five wide-outs,” explained Terry.
“They also run some no huddle stuff like we did when I was here at Halifax County High School. It’s something that I’m familiar with and am excited to get back into.
I feel like in some respects it’s going to be like going back to high school football and getting back to a team passing the ball a lot.”
Hodgin said Winston-Salem State University will be a good fit for Terry.
“Patrick has spent three falls and three springs developing as a college receiver and he deserves an opportunity to showcase his talents,” Hodgin said.
“Winston-Salem State is a little more pass-oriented in its offensive philosophy and Patrick is going to have a chance to go into Winston-Salem State and compete for the number one receiving job. It will give him a chance to showcase the talents that God has given him and that he has continued to develop.”
Terry pointed out that transferring to Winston-Salem State will help his chances of being evaluated as a pro football prospect.
“That (playing pro football) was my dream ever since I signed with Virginia Tech,” Terry remarked.
“I still have that fire inside me. Many more players from smaller schools are getting drafted into the NFL. If you can play, they’re going to find you.”
“The way NFL scouting has developed over the last five to eight years, a young man does not have to play at Alabama, Southern Cal, Florida to get evaluated,” Hodgin pointed out.
“If you can play, they will find you. The fact that Winston-Salem State competes in a lower division (than Virginia Tech) does not in any way minimize Patrick’s opportunity to be evaluated. Actually, in Patrick’s case, I think it will enhance his opportunities to be evaluated for the next level.”