July 30, 2009

Alabama linebacker names top two

Nigel Terrell has been to seven football camps at universities around the country this summer.

On Saturday, the three-star linebacker from Pelham, Ala., wrapped up his summer camp tour with a stop at Ole Miss. The 6-foot-2, 215-pounder made quite an impression, solidifying his status as one of the Rebels' top outside linebacker targets for the 2010 signing class.

From all indications, Ole Miss made a strong impression on Terrell as well.

"It was good," Terrell said. "I was impressed by the coaches. My mom was very impressed by them and that ultimately impressed me. I liked the campus too."

Ole Miss offered Terrell earlier this summer, joining UAB, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida State, Kentucky, West Virginia, Western Kentucky, Troy, Southern Miss and Colorado in the race for his services. Offensive line coach Mike Markuson is spearheading Ole Miss' efforts for Terrell, who visited with Markuson, Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt and defensive coordinator Tyrone Nix on Saturday before returning to his home near Birmingham.

"They said they were very impressed," Terrell said. "They like the fact that I can move and they said they're going to come after me pretty hard."

Terrell said he plans to make a decision sometime early this fall. At this point, he said Wednesday, Florida State and Ole Miss are the leaders for his services, with Kentucky, Arkansas and West Virginia in the mix as well. The two in-state powers, Alabama and Auburn, are not in the picture.

"I have an offer from Auburn, but I don't think I'll be attending Auburn," Terrell said. "Alabama didn't offer me. …I want to be far away enough to have independence but where I can come home if I need to."

Terrell has camped at Ole Miss, Kentucky, Clemson, Tennessee, Alabama, Southern Miss and Florida State this summer.

"It's kind of been all the same stuff," Terrell said. "We've all dropped into Cover Two and that kind of stuff. The only one that was kind of different was Ole Miss. We started off with offense and we did a lot of different drills I haven't really worked on."

Terrell said he ran a 4.57-second 40-yard dash on Saturday inside Ole Miss' indoor practice facility.

"I didn't do too well," Terrell said. "I've done better. My best is like a 4.46. …I have a lot of game speed, I guess. I can play the whole field. I've got length."

Terrell, who said he hopes to play at the college level between 225 and 230 pounds, said Ole Miss told him he'd likely be a weak-side linebacker at the college level.

Terrell, who recorded 101 tackles as a junior at Pelham, is ranked by Rivals.com as the No. 23 prospect in Alabama and the No. 60 outside linebacker prospect in the nation.

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