Oklahoma LB transfers to Tulsa

Jon-Michael Terry announced Wednesday he'll finish his career in his hometown
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Oklahoma linebacker Jon-Michael Terry will finish his college career in his hometown.

Terry, a fifth-year senior at OU, announced Wednesday on Twitter that he’s committed to play next season at the University of Tulsa. Multiple sources within the TU program confirmed Terry's coming addition to the roster, which should become official when TU starts class on Jan. 19.

Terry was the starter in 2019 when he sustained a bad leg injury at midseason.

He rehabbed and came back in 2020, but by then, third-year sophomore Nik Bonitto had seized Alex Grinch’s rush linebacker position, and Terry was his backup.

While Bonitto became an All-American, Terry made 22 tackles with one quarterback sack in 2020.

After Terry's injury last season, Grinch called him "a real poster child for everything we're trying to do here in terms of playing hard, playing fast, doing your job, playing with maximum effort. Had all of those elements, and that's how he found himself as a starter."

The 6-foot-4, 225-pound Terry played high school football at Tulsa’s Victory Christian was a 3-star prospect, according to 247 Sports, in the 2016 class. He committed to OU in February 2015, the same day he received a scholarship offer from Mike Stoops and Tim Kish — his first and only official college offer, according to Rivals and 247 Sports.

After redshirting in 2016, Terry played in 13 games as a reserve in 2017, and in 14 games as a reserve in 2018. He played in six games before his injury in 2019, and this season Terry played in nine games (two starts) and had his best season.

In his OU career, Terry played in 42 games (eight starts) and made 51 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 quarterback sacks. He was twice named Academic All-Big 12 Conference.

Terry is the fifth scholarship Sooner to transfer this offseason, joining Tanner Mordecai (SMU), Chandler Morris (TCU), Charleston Rambo (Miami) and T.J. Pledger (Utah).

Six Sooners declined an opportunity to return in 2021 and instead declared for the NFL Draft: Tre Brown, Creed Humphrey, Tre Norwood, Adrian Ealy, Rhamondre Stevenson and Ronnie Perkins.