Terrell Close To Committing

Pelham outside linebacker Nigel Terrell discusses recruiting and his progress as a player.

Pelham, Ala.—Pelham High School linebacker prospect Nigel Terrell took an unofficial visit to Auburn in late April and said he nearly committed to Gene Chizik and the Auburn staff at the time. Although Terrell says he doesn't have any favorites at this point, a decision could be on the horizon.

"It's a fun experience for me and my family," Terrell says of the recruiting process. "My brother is liking it and my mom is liking it too, but I'm probably going to end it soon and commit."

Terrell adds that he'll make his commitment by the end of the summer at the latest.

The 6-2, 205 linebacker is being recruiting to Auburn by safeties coach Tommy Thigpen, who was at Pelham's spring scrimmage on Friday against Jess Lanier. Coaches from two other schools recruiting Terrell, Florida State and Tennessee, were also in attendance.

"As of right now I think I have seven offers," Terrell notes. "Those would be Southern Miss, Kentucky, UAB, Troy, Auburn, Florida State and Colorado. I'm just looking at the ones that offered me mostly and the other coaches that I've talked to recruiting-wise like Tennessee, and Alabama is talking to me.

"They like my speed and athletic ability," he adds. "I can get off the edge real quick."

Terrell, who runs the 4x100 relay, says his top 100 meter time is a 10.8 hand-timed and a 11.16 on the laser.


Terrell has only played linebacker for one season.

Terrell was a receiver through his sophomore season and switched to weakside linebacker as a junior. At the time of the position switch he admits he didn't expect to be a highly recruited prospect.

"It kind of just dawned upon me last year," Terrell explains. "I was really new to my position so I didn't think I was going to get any kind of shot at playing D-I ball because I was so new to it. It was toward the middle of the year or end of the year where coaches really started coming to talk to me. It was then that I felt like I could probably play D-I."

Terrell plays alongside Auburn commitment Jake Holland, who plays middle linebacker for the Panthers, but the two have their work cut out for them playing 6A football without much size up front on the defensive line.

Heading into the senior seasons for Terrell and Holland, Terrell says he feels like the team made progress this spring.

"As a team I felt like we got better," he notes. "We've got a lot of young guys on offense and our D-line is small, but we just need to get them some experience and once they practice more we'll do a lot better. I'm just working on coverage and blitzes mostly. I still have a lot of progress to do."


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