University of Missouri

Mizzou ends pursuit of football recruit Marvin Terry, who is jailed in Texas

Marvin Terry
Marvin Terry

Dallas high school linebacker Marvin Terry didn’t sign with the Missouri football team as expected Wednesday on National Signing Day, and it appears he never will.

Terry, 18 of South Oak Cliff High, was arrested Jan. 25 on multiple assault charges and warrants. He remains in Dallas County Jail on $34,500 bond.

By NCAA rule, Missouri coach Barry Odom and his staff aren’t allowed to comment on specific players until they have signed, but a source confirmed that the Tigers no longer were pursuing Terry and have no intention of signing him.

Court records paint the picture of a turbulent relationship between Terry and the mother of his child.

The first incident for which Terry is jailed occurred July 9, when he is alleged to have pushed his girlfriend, who was eight months pregnant at the time, to the ground during a verbal altercation, according to Dallas County arrest warrant.

The victim called 911 after feeling abdominal pain and was treated by Dallas Fire Rescue.

Dallas County prosecutors issued an arrest warrant July 31 after detectives spoke with the girlfriend. Terry was arraigned Aug. 18 on one count of “assault causes bodily injury family violence.” Bond in that case originally was set at $1,500, but it was increased to $3,000 on Jan. 26. He was offered a plea deal, but the case was still working its way through the courts after a series of continuances.

Terry’s girlfriend subsequently gave birth to their child.

Police arrested Terry again after another alleged assault Jan. 5 at a different residence. According to that arrest warrant, Terry pushed the mother of his child, identified by police as the same woman from the previous assault. The victim said Terry “hit her numerous times with his fists and kicked her on the ribs, causing her to feel pain and bruising.”

“The suspect threatened that would kill her and give her a reason to call police, causing her to fear for her life,” according to the affidavit.

Dallas County prosecutors issued an arrest warrant Jan. 14 in that case. He was arrested Jan. 25 on another count of “assault cause bodily injury family violence” with bond set at $1,500.

Prosecutors added two more charges Jan. 25 during his arraignment, one count of assaulting a family/house member twice within 12 months and another count of assaulting a family/house member by impeding breath or circulation.

Both included a $15,000 bond.

Under terms of his bond order, Terry was ordered not to have contact with the alleged victim or her family. He also was placed on drug and alcohol screening and isn’t allowed to possess “a deadly weapon.”

He remained in custody for insufficient bond, according to court records.

Terry — a 6-foot-2, 230-pound defensive end, who projects as a college linebacker — was an ESPN four-star prospect. Rivals, 247 Sports and Scout all listed him as a three-star recruit.

He chose Missouri ahead of Arkansas, California, Colorado, Louisville, Miami (Fla.), Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, TCU, Texas Tech, UCLA, Wisconsin and others.

ESPN listed Terry as the No. 22 outside linebacker in the 2016 recruiting class and the No. 65 player in talent-rich Texas, while Scout listed him as the No. 24 outside linebacker.

He was Rivals’ No. 24 weak-side defensive end and the No. 57 player in Texas and was 247 Sports’ No. 31 weak-side defensive end, the No. 76 player in Texas and No. 497 overall.

Tod Palmer: 816-234-4389, @todpalmer