|Jackson signs with Texas College|
|Joseph Elerson | News-Telegram Sports Writer|
Aug. 22, 2005 - Sulphur Springs 2005 graduate Terra Jackson signed a full-ride scholarship to NAIA Division I Texas College Friday morning at Sulphur Springs Middle School.
"I think it is great because Terra has great work habits, and she is going to be successful there this season," former head girls basketball coach Carin Bryant said. "She is a leader on the floor and that is why she was voted All-District last year."
Jackson leaves SSHS after a First-Team All-District campaign in which she scored 13.6 points per game, scored in double figures in all but two contests, led the team in assists (3.0 per game), and 3-pointers with seven, and averaged 2.9 rebounds and 2.0 steals in district.
Jackson said the college level is going to be an adjustment for her as she joins the Lady Steers program.
"It is going to be harder just because it is the college level and the pace is different and the whole game is going to be different, so I am going to have to step up a lot, but I think here I learned a lot and I will be okay," she said.
Bryant said throughout last season, Terra had been looking at numerous colleges but the pieces fell together for her to attend Texas College.
"I knew she had gone back and forth and she wanted to play somewhere and she had tried out at several places," Bryant said. "This place offered her a full-ride and she couldn't turn that down and she was able to get school paid for."
Jackson said the big advantages of attending the college is its small class size and location.
"It is close to home and they have a new coach and so I knew I would get a chance to play there," she said. "They also were going to pay for it all, so it was a great opportunity for me.
"There is not much to the school because it is an older school and the student to teacher ratio is 15-to-1 so it is real small. I really didn't want to go to a big school because I need help in school and I like to be close with the teachers."
Jackson will be majoring in biology and hopes to coach once she finishes her bachelor's degree.
Texas College is a NAIA Division I Member as well as a member of the Red River South Athletic Conference and went 9-21 overall and 7-15 in conference play last year.