"He is a BIG Fella"

Terrence Cody has faxed his letter of intent to the University of Alabama. Cody and his coach give Scout.com a signing day story.

Tide monster lineman signs letter of intent.

Terrence Cody
6-5, 400-pound, NG
Mississippi Gulf Coast CC/Riverdale HS (Fort Myers, Fla.)
Scout.com four-star recruit

Why Alabama?: "I thought it would be the best school for me. They run the same defense we run at junior college. I would be familiar with it. They have a lot of history and tradition," Cody said.

On coach Nick Saban as a recruiter: "Coach Saban is a real nice guy. He tells you what he likes about you. He tells you what is going on. He will be your friend, and sometimes he will be someone you hate. He knows how to get the job done."

Head Coach Steve Campbell: "Terrence has been an outstanding player for us for two years. First team All-American and a very dominant inside force. Great run stopper."

"He's a great kid. Terrence is an outstanding young man. A lot of fun to be around. Always has a smile on his face. He's been a pleasure to coach these last two years."

"He is a BIG fella. You hate to say Teddy Bear because once he gets out on the field he'll turn it loose, but off the field he is a Teddy Bear."

"It wouldn't hurt him to shed some pounds. He can move for 400 pounds, but he doesn't need to weigh 400. He needs to get down in that 360 range, and he can do that once he gets on a good nutritional program. He's only been here one off-season heading into his second off-season, and he's finished playing."

"I see him being a dominant player. I had Howard Green that was a great player at LSU, and then went on to play in the NFL. A real good inside player, and Terrence is a more dominating force than Howard was at this same point in time. He's got a great future. I think he'll be an All-SEC or wherever he goes that kind of player, and then play for a long time in the NFL."

Bio: Cody started as a freshman at MGCCC. He projected as one of the most highly recruited players in the Mississippi junior college ranks in 2007. Cody recorded 31 tackles and 3.5 sacks on a team finishing 11-0 during the 2007 regular season and won their bowl game to finish the year 12-0.

2007 Accolades: Cody was honored with All-American NJCAA first team for his defensive line play in 2007. The MACJC Southern Division MVP and No.1 ranked junior college player in Mississippi . His team was the No.1 ranked rush defense allowing only 83 yards per game and No.1 total defense. They allowed 139 yards passing per game.

High School Stats: Cody was 6-6, 365-pounds and made 74 total tackles, 45 solo, 7.4 tackles per game, one fumble recovery and one blocked kick. He also had nine rushes for 14 yards and two touchdowns and one pass reception for six yards and a touchdown.

2005 High School Awards: Senior FSWA third team All-State defensive lineman 3A.

Analysis: Cody is surprisingly quick and agile for his monster size. He has a wide frame that clogs up the middle and is the run-stopper the Alabama coaching staff has searched for in this class. If he can manage his weight and get in better shape he could become an impact player for Alabama.

ScoutSouth.com's Rebecca Johnston contributed to this report.

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