April 16, 2008

Terrell a hot commodity

The TCU program is no stranger to impact defensive backs, in fact, with the Frogs running the defensive back heavy, 4-2-5 scheme, it's a necessity to have them all over the field. Over the last few years the Frogs have stockpiled some talented safeties to run their aggressive scheme, now they need to pick up an impact player at the corner back position to join them.

Enter one of the Frogs top targets for that position for the class of 2009, Allen High School's own, Steven Terrell (5'11" 176). With a nice blend of size, speed and athleticism, Terrell brings the whole package to the table and schools across the country are taking notice. Currently holding offers from the likes of TCU, Kansas, Vanderbilt, Stanford, Louisville and Tulsa, it's clear to see that this young man has officially arrived. Terrell and a couple of his high school teammates (Uzoma Nwachukwu and Nate Bonsu) visited TCU over spring break and PurpleMenace.Com caught up with Terrell to get his thoughts on what TCU has to offer.

"I came to see TCU over spring break with Uzi (Nwachukwu) and Nate Bonsu. I really liked the visit a lot and I told the coaches that I really like the way they run their defense."

With Terrell residing in Allen, the distance to TCU is very appealing to him. Some kids want to play their college ball somewhere pretty close to home, but not too close. While gaining your freedom from their parents sounds really good, players always long for that occasional good old home cooked meal. The way Terrell put it, TCU is the perfect distance.

"I really like everything about TCU, the facilities are really nice and everything is close together. I like that the campus is not too far from home but not too close at the same time" said Terrell. "It's perfect."

Terrell wasn't able to make it to the TCU spring game last Saturday because he had plans to see another school.

"I didn't get to attend the spring game for TCU, I wanted to but I had already scheduled a visit to Kansas. I was going to go up there but the weather was bad so they canceled their spring game, it really screwed up the whole weekend."

So do things like weather figure in to the equation when making a decision about where the talented defender will ultimately play college football?

"No sir, weather is not a factor for me right now."

With so many options to think through and with even more offers on the horizon, narrowing his list down to schools that he has a genuine interest in will take a little time. I asked him what kind of timetable he was looking at before he made his final decision.

"Well, I'm pretty open right now. It's still kind of early in the process, not real early but I still have some time. I don't have a top 5 right now but I should have it narrowed down to somewhere around there pretty soon. One thing is for sure though, TCU is definitely in there."

With a perfect match seemingly there for Coach Patterson's Horned Frogs and Steven Terrell, it's just a matter of time before Frog fans know the destination of the ultra-talented defensive back. With more offers sure to come, the only thing that TCU fans can do now is buckle up and enjoy the ride.

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