BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Growing up just a few minutes away from Harrah's Hotel and Casino down Highway 90, this year's Southern Miss Beach Bash had former Long Beach wide receiver Trevor Terry feeling right at home.
"There's a lot of Coast guys on the team, so just me being from the Coast and them being from the Coast, it's just a great environment," Terry said. "Us coming back to the Coast, it's like we have two homes, here and Hattiesburg, so it's awesome."
Tallying 62 catches for 1,234 yards and 12 touchdowns as a senior, Terry provided Long Beach a dominant force at wide receiver, even if he thinks he didn't get the recognition he deserved, beginning his collegiate career at Jones County.
"At Long Beach I just felt like I was under the radar," Terry said. "At the same time, going to (a) JUCO, it's the same thing. Just being here at Southern Miss is just kind of like I have a chip on my shoulder."
Don't expect Terry to stay a secret much longer. Hauling in a 24-yard touchdown in Southern Miss' Spring Game, he's already starting to turn heads in Hattiesburg.
"Trevor had a really good spring, he's certainly in the mix right there," head coach Jay Hopson said. We've got quite a few South Mississippi guys at receiver."
"My biggest thing is just staying consistent every day," Terry said. "Catching every ball, running sharp routes, blocking, just getting with the quarterbacks as much as I can, staying consistent, control what I can control is my biggest thing. I'm gonna do that and let the coaches do the rest."
Though it may not have been the path to Southern Miss he envisioned, with three years of eligibility left, Terry is just happy to finally be a Golden Eagle.
"Oh man, it's awesome," Terry said. "Sometimes I still can't believe it that I'm actually here. I've been through a lot, but it's a blessing to be here and I know this is exactly where God wants me to be. I'm just excited to get ready to go for (the season opener against) Kentucky."
Terry and the rest of the Golden Eagles report to fall camp on Monday.