Hamilton WR Fueled by Competition

When Drew Terrell attended the Under Armor/Scout.com combine on Saturday in Tempe, he knew that he wouldn't be able to do much at the event. Yet the constant sense of fight in him tried to overcome his hamstring injury and at least participate in some of the events at the Arizona Cardinals' training facility. Devils Digest caught up with the Chandler Hamilton wideout during the combine.

"I do wanna come out here and prove that I'm one of the bets receivers in the west coast," said the 5-10 175 Drew Terrell. "With my injury I'm just chillin' out and not running the 40 and stuff like that. But seeing all these good players here, the competitive side is taking a hold of me, so I'm gonna try to do the one-one-ones later (eventually he wasn't able to compete in those drills as well)…I do run a 4.50 and I just need to get healthy so I can run in the 4.4's."

Recruiting has kept Terrell very busy, but the Hamilton standout knows he can't complain about all the attention he's been receiving in the last several months. He admitted that playing for the Huskies has helped him deal with the barrage of phone calls, letters and overall communication from the various coaches pursuing him.

"At Hamilton we have a great tradition of players that go on and play for D-I schools," said Terrell. "Our coaches do a great job selling the players and we have college coaches coming to our school every day. So yes, playing at Hamilton helps you a lot when you're getting recruited."

The Sun Devils have been the first school to offer Terrell, and that's not the only reason why the wide receiver holds ASU in high regard.

"I've grown up a fan of Arizona State football and I haven't missed a home game of theirs from the time I was two years old," Terrell stated. "So I know a lot about them and I'm real comfortable with the coaching staff. They improved a lot last year winning ten games. I've met with Coach Erickson a few weeks ago and he's a real players' coach, who wants the best for his players and wants them to compete and I'm all about competing."

Not only did the maroon and gold head coach leave a deep impression on Terrell, but so did his prospective position coach at ASU.

"Coach Yarber has coached great wide receivers in the NFL, and that really sticks out for me," said Terrell. "The ASU offense really likes to spread things out with four, sometimes five wide receivers and I obviously like that. He's a great guy and I can see myself playing for him."

"I feel real good about what ASU has to offer, so we'll see what happens."

The wide receiver also holds offers from Stanford, Northwestern and Washington State among others. He stated that a few more schools will be added to the list of suitors. "Vanderbilt is gonna offer me next week," Terrell noted. "It looks like Notre Dame and Wake Forrest are gonna offer real soon as well."

The recruiting process for Terrell is likely nowhere close to being completed and sealed by a verbal commitment. There are naturally a lot of factors for him to consider and with the hometown Sun Devils high on his favorite list proximity to home is one aspect that will be considered when making his pledge.

"Since I grew up here I'm definitely used to ASU and their coaching staff," he explained, "but there's also the aspect of maybe wanting to spread my wings and play elsewhere…having guys like Kerry (Taylor) and G-Rob on ASU makes me feel comfortable too. I've been practicing with those guys all throughout high school, and it would be cool to be on the same team again. They definitely want me to join them at ASU."

In his junior campaign at Hamilton, Terrell was named 2nd team all region after catching 49 passes for 822 yards and seven scores. He also proved to be an elusive kick returner taking five kickoffs to the house.

Playing time, level of comfort with all a program has to offer and academics will ultimately guide Terrell in his decision.

The wide receiver stated that he has no concrete plans as to which combines and/or team camps he will attend in the summer.

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