Terrell told Scout.com Friday evening he now considers himself a soft verbal commit to Florida State as he prepares to make an official visit to Boulder at the foot of the Rocky Mountains next weekend.
Terrell said the departure of legendary Seminoles coach Bobby Bowden and other members of his staff has him concerned about FSU. He remains very interested in the Seminoles, but is also considering the Buffs as well as Ole Miss and Arkansas.
"It's kind of like a soft verbal right now," he said. "I was kind of fixed on some of those coaches being there. I knew coach Bowden was probably going to leave after this year. I knew Mickey Andrews was probably going to retire also along with coach Bowden, but some people have told me some things about more coaches that I expect to see there. So I really don't know about Florida State's coaching staff right now."
He will probably visit Ole Miss and could take a trip to Arkansas if he can work it out with the coaches.
Terrell, a 6-foot-2, 205-pound product of Pelham High School in Pelham, Ala., said he has been in regular contact with CU coaches this fall and is beginning to build a relationship with new wide receivers coach Ashley Ambrose, who is recruiting parts of the south for the Buffs.
Terrell said he doesn't know what to expect in Boulder, but he is anxious to see the school and meet the players and the coaches. He was born in Cleveland and has traveled back to Ohio many times while growing up to visit his father's side of the family. So the prospect of cold weather doesn't bother him.
"I just want to see how the atmosphere is and see the campus and get to meet the coaches," he said. "That's one trip I can't make in a car, you know? The farthest out that way I've been is Arkansas and that was like when I was little."
Terrell is being recruited as an outside linebacker, but he played defensive end for his high school team this fall. Pelham went 3-8, but finished in a multi-team tie at the end of the regular season and won a tiebreaker to get into the playoffs, where it lost in the first round.
Terrell's prep career isn't completely over. He will play in the Max Emfinger All-American game in Dallas in January.
So what will ultimately help Terrell choose a program for good? He says he's looking for the that familiar feeling he felt when he first committed to Florida State.
"How they connect and the type of friendships that they have," he said. "I want to feel comfortable. I want to feel like I belong there, you know?"