Versatile Linebacker Has Great Visit To AU

This Alabama linebacker is quietly becoming a sought-after man in recruiting circles.

Pelham, Ala.--Many times a prospect can literally come out of nowhere to become a hot commodity in a recruiting year. A player that has the chance to do just that is talented linebacker Nigel Terrell. A 6-2, 208-pounder with 4.46 speed in the 40-yard dash and a knack for finding the ball, Terrell is beginning to receive attention from schools around the South.

"I got offered by Southern Miss a few days ago," Terrell tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "UAB has said they look forward to seeing me at some spring practices. I went to Alabama few weeks ago. Coach Sal Sunseri said he likes me, but wants to see me move around a little bit. I went to Tennessee and they said they like what they see."

On Saturday, Terrell took a visit to Auburn along with teammates Ryan Williams and Jake Holland as well as a younger brother. Having the chance to meet with coach Gene Chizik and his coaching staff as well as check out the Auburn campus, Terrell says everything about the visit went great.

"It was amazing," Terrell says. "I liked the stadium. They said the atmosphere is great. I'm really big on academics. I'm looking at sports medicine or engineering and it's a great engineering school. I like the weight room. The coaches are great. They seem really interested in what we're trying to do and where we're trying to go. I like how they graduated everybody early. I like that."

While the visit was to check out the Auburn campus and facilities, for many players it's used to get a feel for the coaching staff, and vice versa. That's particularly important for Auburn this year because of a new staff, but Terrell says it doesn't take long to feel very comfortable with the new guys.

"It was great," Terrell says. "I talked to coach (Tommy) Thigpen early. We have been conversating back and forth. The head coach seems like he's ready to go. He has been at Auburn before so he's ready to push hard. I'm ready to work hard.

"The defensive coordinator and linebacker coach seems like a nice guy," he adds. "He said he's simple. He's not going to complicate things more than they need to. That's what I like."

With the interest from Auburn growing by the day, Terrell says he thinks an offer could be coming from the Tigers at any time. He notes that would be another step in learning more about the Tigers.

"They said they were really interested," Terrell says. "They are looking soon to give me an offer. They said I could possible get a bunch of offers between now and the summer. I'm looking forward to seeing how Auburn does and seeing one of their games. I haven't been to a game there yet."

As a junior Terrell had a big season at linebacker for the Panthers playing alongside Jake Holland. He finished the year with 108 tackles, two sacks, one interception and a large number of tackles for a loss. He says his numbers were good considering he's still a greenhorn at the position.

"I have been at almost every position besides offensive line," Terrell says. "I played running back until my ninth grade year until Ryan Williams came in. I moved to receiver and had like 15 touchdowns my freshman year. They moved me and played me at safety as a sophomore. Last year was my first full year at linebacker. I'm looking forward to seeing what I can do next year."


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