USC target Terry Googer closing in on college decision

dmclemore@thestate.comJuly 22, 2013 

Terry Googer at Woodward Academy in Atlanta

GERRY MELENDEZ — gmelendez@thestate.com

Terry Googer has a date. Now all he needs is a decision.

The College Park, Ga., athlete and South Carolina target will make his college choice Aug. 16 at his school, Woodward Academy in Atlanta.

"I'm narrowing it down now," he said. "I'm ready to get it over with. It's been a stressful ride. I've got to focus on my senior season coming up instead of worrying about where I'm going to be going for college.

Googer (pronounced Goo-jurr) and junior teammate Arrington Farrar will hold a midday ceremony together at the end of their first week of school to announce their decisions.

Farrar is further along in his plans for how he will reveal his own news, Googer said.

"I'm probably just going to do hats," Googer said. "I want to do it in front of my whole support group that has carried me through all this and my high school career."

The Gamecocks and other schools are recruiting the 6-foot-4, 216-pound quarterback as a wide receiver. Rivals and ESPN consider him a four-star prospect.

Googer played receiver some as a sophomore and even less as a junior, he said.

Why are schools recruiting him as a receiver?

"I have a great set of hands," he said. "I can catch anything that comes near me. I'm big and physical off the line."

Googer has more than 20 offers. Here's what he had to say about the final schools he's considering as he heads toward his decision date.

-- Vanderbilt: "The academic standpoint, and they're coming up in the SEC."

-- North Carolina: "Once again the academic part and everything."

-- Miami: "They have a rich heritage of sending players to the NFL, which is my main goal in life. Good academics."

-- Kentucky: "Their class is going to be strong for 2014. The next couple years, they are going to be decent."

-- South Carolina: "I'm very comfortable with everything down there. I like the coaches and the offense."

Googer described USC recruiter Lorenzo Ward as "hilarious. Fun guy to be around. He tells you the truth all the time. He's going to be upfront with you."

He is finished with taking visits, he said, though he might accompany a teammate on a trip or two in the coming month. Googer may also be at South Carolina's Black Magic camp later this week.

In addition to Columbia, Googer has visited Georgia, Notre Dame and Tennessee, among others. The recruiting process has been fun, he said. But ...

"I'm ready for it to be over with now," he said.

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