KC Punter Jackson Terry Mulling Iowa Offer

January 11, 2016

Written by Rob Howe

Hawkeye Nation

The life of a specialist can be unforgiving. Fans tend to remember your failures as much or more than your successes. Miss a field goal, shank a punt and you’re a goat.

The recruiting trail also can be a rough one for kickers and punters. Many of them are asked to walk onto college programs and earn scholarships. Talk about pressure.

Jackson Terry understands the situation well. The Kansas City punter awaits his first scholarship offer as the Feb. 3 signing day approaches for high school seniors.

“I always think patience is what gives you the best prizes in life,” Terry said. “I’m willing to wait all the way until April for a scholarship. If I don’t receive anything by then, I will more than likely not play.”

The Kansas City (MO) Rockhurst High specialist holds a preferred walk-on opportunity from Iowa. He said he’s also considering Illinois and Texas Tech, who are showing interest.

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Kohl’s Kicking ranks Terry (6-0, 185) as the No. 16 punter in the Class of 2016. He’s coming off a performance at the Dallas Winter Showcase last month where he was the No. 1 overall punter in charting. He also won the competition at the Iowa and Northwestern camps this past summer.

On the Kohl Kicking website, it says of Terry: He is a D-I prospect as a punter. Terry has shown flashes of greatness. He has hit some “wow” punts that have everyone wondering, “who is this guy?”

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Terry feels comfortable with the Iowa program, having camped there and unofficially visited during a game.

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“I am honored to have the preferred walk-on from Iowa. I understand that being a kicker means it’s hard to receive offers of any kind. So, being able to have an acceptable, tangible offer from a school as dominant as Iowa is truly humbling. I’m very appreciative of it.”

The Hawkeyes graduated starting punter Dillon Kidd this fall. That left inexperienced Miguel Recinos and Colten Rastetter to compete for the opening.

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