Talented Terrell Gets Offer From Tigers

One of the top linebackers in Alabama got an offer from Auburn Tuesday night.

Pelham, Ala.--Considered a sleeper by many just a few months ago, linebacker Nigel Terrell has emerged as a full-fledged prospect after a strong showing as a junior and an outstanding performance last Sunday at the Scout.com Southeast Elite Camp in Tuscaloosa.

On Tuesday his recruiting took an even bigger step forward as he was offered a scholarship by the Auburn Tigers and coach Gene Chizik. He says when he got the word to call the head coach he knew something was up.

"Coach (Chris) Davis told me to call coach Chizik around nine," Terrell tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I got home after work and called him. He said he got my ACT scores back and my transcripts. He said they were recruiting me and my name always came up and they wanted to extend me an offer. I had a smile on my face before he even said those words."

Currently holding four offers with Auburn the latest to join Kentucky, UAB and Southern Miss, Terrell notes that he really likes what he has seen from the Tigers and they are quickly moving up his list.

Something in Auburn's favor is the fact that his teammate at Pelham Jake Holland has already made a verbal commitment to the Tigers. Terrell says that he's already getting the full court press from Holland trying to get him on board, but he's going to take his time with the decision.

"Starting last night when heard the news, Jake has been trying to recruit me ever since," Terrell says. "He was telling me why he committed. We talked and we're still talking about it.

"More than likely I'll make a decision on my commitment before the summer is over," he adds. "I'm just talking with my mom and my brother to see what they think and how they feel. That's important to me because they are going to be my decision makers. I'm the ultimate, but their decisions really matter in my eyes."

At 6-2, 210 pounds and with the speed to play outside on the next level, Terrell says the Auburn coaches have told him where they seem him if he chooses the Tigers.

"They like my speed," Terrell says. "They said it would go well with the defense they are running. I was excited when I heard that.

"I really like the coaches," he adds. "We have a pretty good relationship. Before spring practice we talked a lot. Now I talk to them at least once a week. We're pretty close."

Someone that believes Terrell has the chance to be a standout on the next level is Pelham defensive assistant coach Chris Davis. A former player at Kentucky and a coach at Hoover until last season, Davis says Terrell has everything college coaches look for in a player.

"Nigel's main thing is athleticism," Davis tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "He has the ability to play several positions. He's rangy, strong, and covers a lot of ground with his quickness and top end speed. He can fly, really run. He played last year at about 200 pounds and is already up to about 215 this year. He could be up to 230 or 240 eventually down the line.

"He's going to have an opportunity to grow into an outside linebacker spot. He's got a great mind on his shoulders…what he can do on the next level is unlimited. His mistakes now are made up by athleticism. That's something that will always be there. You can't teach athleticism. He has the ability to make plays and cover a lot of ground. His upside is huge."

A wide receiver and defensive back early in his career, Terrell made the move to linebacker for his junior year and made a ton of plays for the Panthers. Davis says his best football is ahead of him at the position and he thinks he could be part of big things for Pelham this year.

"He's really growing into the position," Davis says. "These kids had been through four different coordinators in four years. This will be the second year in a row in the same defense and we're hoping to grow with that. The kids are starting to realize what it takes to win in this region. You've got to play defense to win state championships.

"That's what matters at the end of the day if you want that ring on your finger. These kids are starting to grow into that. He's a big part of that. He's a leader and leads by example. He's still got a ways to go, as all our kids do, but as a high school player he's got a lot of potential."

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