Terrell Chooses Florida State

Florida State is targeting several linebackers in the 2010 class, and Thursday they landed one of the best one the Southeast as Nigel Terrell decided to end his recruitment and pick the Seminoles. NoleDigest caught up with Terrell Wednesday night to talk about the commitment and to see what is next with the standout linebacker.

Over the spring Florida State started recruiting Pelham, AL linebacker Nigel Terrell. Since then the Seminoles were towards the top of his list as he was interested in what the Seminoles had to offer him as a recruit. After going through the process, making visits to several schools and thinking it over with his family Nigel publically ended his recruitment Thursday at a press conference at his high school. What some don't know is that Terrell had informed the coaches a few days ago that he was jumping on board.

"I committed to Florida State a few days ago actually to Coach Fisher and Coach Amato," said the 3-star linebacker. I talked to my family about it and they were supportive of my decision. They loved it down there and they were impressed by the coaches, the campus and all of that. I want to experience college life, get a great education and play some good football. I feel I can do all of those things at FSU."

Terrell also told NoleDigest that he felt that the ‘Noles are on their way back to becoming an elite program. He says that played a toll in his decision.

"The location of the college is great," said Terrell of FSU. "I feel that they are on the rise and that they play good football there. FSU is far enough away from home where I can have my independence, but it is also close enough that I can come home if I needed to."

"Of all of the places I visited I was most impressed by FSU," continued Terrell of his commitment. "I have a great relationship with the coaches. They are really I happy I am coming there and they've welcomed me to the family." Earlier this month it seemed Nigel had backed off of FSU after hearing some negative things regarding the NCAA situation. After talking to the real sources about it, the FSU coaches, Nigel said he got a clearer picture of what was the truth of the situation. He says that eased his concerns.

"Mainly I was being told they were losing more scholarships then they were saying and I was told they can't play in bowls," said Terrell. "I was told the probation was more than what they were saying. I spoke to the coaches and they clarified it for me. I want to play in bowls, and I think with FSU coming back we'll play in some big ones."

Nigel says that FSU is recruiting him as an outside linebacker, but he isn't sure which side he'll be playing on.

"I liked how FSU offers a chance to play early," Terrell said, "because they need some outside linebackers. They want me there. I think they see me as a "will" right now but I can play both spots pretty well."

While many FSU fans are excited about the thought of landing a talented linebacker like Nigel some wondered why the in-state schools didn't offer him.

"Auburn did offer me and I was close to committing to them at one time," explained Terrell. "I liked the coaches there and they have great facilities, but it just wasn't the right for me. I went to Alabama's camp. They were looking at me as a safety, and that is where they had me the most. I didn't do too well because I wasn't familiar with it, but I did do very well in the linebacker drills. Coach Saban told me they wanted bigger linebackers."

Nigel told NoleDigest that he is firm in his commitment and that he plans on helping recruit some kids to help make this class one of the nation's best.

"I'm done with the process and I am solid on FSU," said Terrell. "I'm going to try to get some numbers from the coaches and call some recruits so we can make this class a really good one."

Stay tuned to NoleDigest for further updates with Nigel, as well as the rest of FSU's commitments from the 2010 recruiting class.


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