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Notre Dame Football Recruiting

Film Don't Lie | Shaun Terry

February 18, 2024
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It typically happens this way. One recruit jumps on board at a position and then the other dominos start to fall.

2025 wide receiver Elijah Burress‍ committed last week and now Shaun Terry II‍ jumps in to make it two.

A dynamic athlete with offers from USC, Oregon, Penn State, Tennessee, and Michigan, Terry was offered a month ago by Notre Dame after already being offered by wide receivers coach Mike Brown while at Wisconsin. He’s had success with receivers with similar profiles at Cincinnati and Wisconsin, so it’s easy to see why he likes Terry so much as a prospect.

With 19 total touchdowns last season, including five as a returner, and 16 havoc plays on defense, Terry is a big time playmaker for Ironton (Ohio) with exciting potential.

Height: 5’10”

Weight: 170

Projected Position: Receiver/returner

ISD Grade: 88 (3-star)

National Average Grade: 86.8 (3-star)

What he does best:

There aren’t many recruits who are more fun to watch after the catch than Terry. He averaged 19.4 per reception and 14.0 yards per carry last season. He has the combination of vision, toughness, and elite ability to change direction that makes him dangerous any time he touches the football.

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He has special ability as a returner. He averaged 31.7 per punt return last season.

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On top of the ridiculous production, it’s his compete-level that impressed me the most. The desire to break tackles and not settle for a short gain sets him apart with the ball in his hands, but he also has that competitive instinct to own the football when the ball is in the air as a receiver or take it away as a defender.

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What he needs to improve:

He ran a 40-yard dash last year in the 4.7 range, but has since run 4.51 as recently as this spring. While his speed with pads on is more than sufficient enough, he’s not a flat out burner, and that is something against him at his size.

I definitely like his potential as a route runner because of his short area quickness, but we don’t see him win a lot in man to man. He’s catching the ball versus zone a lot where he has the space to create. I think linebackers and safeties should have a tough time matching up with him, but would like to see him have success against some slot corners at the next level.

What’s his ceiling?

The main reason why he’s not a 4-star prospect is that size and the uncertainty with his overall top end speed, but I think his mentality with the ball in his hands and strength to break tackles separates him from some other smaller slot receiver types. It’s why he has the chance to be an elite returner in college as well.

A very good basketball player, the traits that help him succeed on the court shine on the field as well. He has development to do as a receiver and his size will be a question for me until we see him over the next few years, but I see a lot of Britain Covey in his game.

The former receiver/returner at Utah (five career return touchdowns) was also an undersized slot and a lightly recruited option quarterback who became a key piece of the Utes’ success during his college career. I think Terry has a chance to carve out a similar niche at Notre Dame.

Who he could be:

Former Utah receiver/returner Britain Covey

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