2014 recruit: A'lique Terry

Hialeah (Fla.) High School center A'lique Terry is picking up more offers after stellar performances at multiple camps and combines this spring. Inside ECU Sports spoke with him about his offer from East Carolina.

A'lique Terry, C, 6-2, 290 lbs, Hialeah High School, Hialeah, Florida

Hialeah High School center A'lique Terry is one of the many recruits the Pirate coaching staff stopped by and spoke with on their recruiting trip to Florida.

"It was probably about a month ago," Terry said. "(Offensive line) Coach Brandon Jones came down and at first he said he wasn't sure if they were going to offer. After he saw my film and my coach told to him about the leadership role I have on the team he said he'd be in contact with me. He ended up offering me that night.

As far as knowing about ECU football, this center grew up watching the Pirates.

"I always liked them growing up," Terry said. "I was around college football all the time and remembered seeing them play. Chris Johnson was one of my favorite backs to watch."

Even though he resides in Florida, Terry said he had been to North Carolina before.

"I've been to North Carolina plenty of times," Terry said. "My sister went to Livingston College (located in Salisbury, N.C.) I plan on coming up (to Greenville) in the summer and take an unofficial visit, but I'm still trying to figure it out in the next couple of weeks."

Recently Terry mentioned to Scout.com that he wanted a school with a family type feel to its program. Head Coach Ruffin McNeill and his staff pride themselves in having just that.

"Right now it seems like a great place to be," Terry said about ECU. "They stay in contact and with me and it feels like they genuinely want me to be there. I definitely like the family environment they have, so ECU is looking pretty good in my mind right now."

Terry is feeling the heat from plenty of programs. It could shape up to be a busy summer for this recruit.

"Every school that has offered me is coming on strong," Terry said. "USF, Cincinnati, Louisiana Lafayette, Marshall, FIU and Buffalo have all been keeping in contact with me. I think I'm close to getting offers from Vanderbilt and Alabama I'm going there (Alabama) this weekend, they want to see me in camp. Hopefully I'll hold an offer by the end of the weekend. Memphis also offered today."

The spring has been extremely impressive from Terry and filled with multiple awards. He was named the Offensive Lineman M.V.P. at the Scout.com Set It Up Combine while also being named one of the top performers there at all positions at NFL Prep Combine in the same spring. This summer is going to be another busy one for this recruit.

"I'm planning my summer right now," Terry said. "The schools I know I'm visiting are ECU, Southern Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Florida State, Miami, Florida Atlantic and Memphis."

Terry said he will be working hard when he's not visiting colleges.

"I'm trying to dominate everyone in front of me next season and lead my team to a state championship. Is it's going to happen I feel like it could this upcoming season. We're working hard every day, spring just finished and we're back in the weight room."

He has the ability to play both center and guard. Offensive line Coach Brandon Jones said he would want him at center, the position Terry prefers.

"I want to play center at the next level, that's where I fit and benefit my team most," Terry said. "Coach Jones said I'll play center if I go to ECU, he loved what he saw and said he usually doesn't recruit specific centers."

With so many schools showing interest, Terry is working to trim down a list of top schools. He should have a better idea after his visits, but he said ECU would most likely be in the mix.

As far as his final decision goes, Terry is having a slight change of heart.

"I was going to wait until signing day originally," Terry said. "But if I get my breath taken away by a school this summer I could make the decision in the middle of summer or by the end. My family is going to help me decide."

Terry would be a great pick up for ECU on the offensive front. Inside ECU Sports will contact Terry after his visit to the Pirate Nation.


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