July 18, 2008

Two leaders for Terrell

Chandler (Ariz.) Hamilton receiver Drew Terrell is one of the top five recruits in the Rivals.com Arizona Preseason Top-30 rankings. The wideout is the latest in a long line of talented prospects to come out of the school since it opened in 1998.

Arizona State has benefited over the years from having the local powerhouse nearby, landing recruits such asTerrell Suggs, David Smith, Kerry Taylor and the top recruit from the class of 2008 Gerell Robinson, out of Hamilton, among others.

Despite losing Robinson and some other good football players from last season Terrell believes it will be business as usual for the Huskies in 2008.

"I think we are going to be good, I think we are going to be real good," Terrell said. "A lot of people have said that we are going to die down, this is the end of a dynasty and all that stuff. We are going to be right back out there again next year. Our team is looking real good, everything is shaping up real well. We have nine of 11 starters coming back on defense and we have a lot of talent on offense. We are going to be good to go."

Terrell suffered a minor hamstring injury in February which caused him to skip the all the camps around the country that he was invited to attend. Still the 5-foot-10 175-pounder said he has offers from Air Force, Arizona State, Northwestern, Stanford, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest, Washington State and Wyoming. Arizona, Notre Dame and San Diego State also having shown interest.

"Recruiting is going pretty well. It's slow right now but it usually is in the summer," Terrell said. "I didn't go to any of the camps. I just worked out with my team and tried to get back to 100 percent, which I did. I think San Diego State is close to offering, they have asked me to come out for their camp. I had been hearing from Notre Dame before the summer started, but since then that has died down."

Terrell, who grew up going to Arizona State football games from the time he was a toddler, said two schools that stand out from the rest of the competition.

"I am most interested in Arizona State and Stanford but I am really open after that, I don't have a top five or anything," Terrell said. "I went up to Arizona State for their junior day back in April and I have been up there a few other times. I had a meeting with Coach Erickson in May. Overall I think the meeting went well, he explained everything to me and he was very straight forward."

"I have talked to Coach Yarber pretty much every time I have seen him," Terrell said. "I talked to him and the rest of the coaches a lot when I was at ASU's passing camp in June. He is a real fun guy. I could really picture myself playing for him. He is real down to earth and real easy to get along with."

Terrell is also very impressed by Jim Harbaugh and his staff and what they have brought to Stanford.

"I like Stanford's academics and I like the opportunity to play early," Terrell said. "I like that I can compete for the Pac-10 title and get one of the top degree's in country. That is pretty much unmatchable at any other school."

Terrell is undecided on which school he will visit this fall but he knows what he will look for on those visits.

"I will be looking at how comfortable I feel there," he said. "I will be looking at the academics, coaches, players, facilities all of that stuff. I am going to base my decision on how comfortable I am with the whole situation overall."

Despite keeping his options open Terrell expects that a decision could come sooner rather than later.

"I think it will definitely be before the end of the season," Terrell said. "I am not going to wait that long. It might even possibly be before the season, it depends on how I feel about stuff. I am working on all of that stuff right now."


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