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Coach | 2025 Notre Dame WR Target Michael Terry III Has Been A "Blessing"

February 28, 2024
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Ron Rittimann won’t quite say that Michael Terry III‍ can do it all, but the Alamo Heights head coach comes pretty close.

“He can run, he can jump, he can catch, he can throw, he can tackle, he can block,” Rittimann says of the 2025 Texas receiver. “I haven't found anything the kid can't do, to be honest with you. 

“He plays multiple positions. This last year, we taught him how to rugby punt so he could do that and I think he scored two touchdowns out of a rugby punt formation. I haven't really found anything that he can't do. The God-given talent that he has with great work ethic is what's making him so successful.”

That success has led to the 6-foot-3, 210-pounder receiving several scholarship offers from some of the nation’s top programs including Notre Dame, Texas, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Ole Miss and Oregon among several others.

“He's a very special player, but he's a really special person,” Rittimann continues. “He's just a great kid and a hard worker. He's got a bunch of God-given talent; very humble, great parents, great family. He just checks every box of being a coach's dream. 

“He doesn't demand anything other than he wants to be successful and help us win games. He's been a blessing to my career and a blessing to our program because he is special. He's very talented. He's not entitled to anything. He expects to work hard every day and he does. I pull for kids like that.”

Rittimann isn’t the only one pulling for Terry.

“Everybody likes Mike,” he says. “Everybody loves him. He just keeps to himself. He's not real boisterous. He doesn't bring attention to himself other than with his abilities on the court or on the field or on the track. Nobody's really jealous of him. Everybody's pulling for him. 

“That's a special kid, especially at this age to be that talented and yet everybody's excited for him to be successful. That just says a lot about his personality and how he handles his business. He does everything right. He really does.”

Even with a growing list of scholarship offers, the offer from the Irish is one that caught Terry’s attention, according to Rittimann.

“With a storied program like Notre Dame, anybody who gets an offer from them, it speaks to what you've accomplished so far,” the coach says. “The bigger part for Mike going forward is I think it speaks to his potential to be even better down the road. 

“I think the coaches at Notre Dame and all the other universities, they see that when they see him because he is really a good looking kid. I don't even think he's even halfway done growing and maturing. There's no telling what he'll look like when he's 21 or 22.”

Rittimann expects Terry to make his way to South Bend soon.

“We're getting ready to sit down and discuss his plans for visits,” he says. “Obviously, he cannot go visit everybody that's offered him. There's not enough time in a year, so he's going to have to start kind of narrowing it down and start planning his official visits in the next week or two.”

Terry doesn’t seem to be in a rush to make a decision and Rittimann certainly isn’t going to pressure him to do so anytime soon.

“Let the process play out because I don't want to put a timeline on anybody. Mike is going to be a big part of what we do this fall, whether he commits early or not. There's no timeline on any of that. It's going to be between him and his parents when they make that decision and what they want to do.”

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