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Dawgpost looks at defensive back A.J Terrell

An emerging name in recruiting the past few months is Westlake defensive back A.J Terrell. Terrell shined in December during the Rising Seniors competition, and has since earned offers including Georgia, Florida, Ole Miss, Notre Dame, and Alabama.

In the state of Georgia and throughout the region, it is clear there are plenty of elite defensive backs in the 2017 class.  Four-star defensive back A.J Terrell is stating his case to be one of the best.  At 6-foot-2 171-pounds, Terrell is ranked the third-best safety prospect in the state of Georgia behind Roswell's Xavier McKinney and Liberty County's Richard LeCounte.  LeCounte is a current Bulldog commit, and landing either McKinney or Terrell oppostite LeCounte would be a tremendous pick up for the Bulldogs.

What stands out most about Terrell when watching film is his physicalty.  Terrell has good size and plays with toughness.  He is good in run support and does a good job of getting off his blocks and chasing down the defender. He plays the ball well when thrown in his direction, and showed good instincs in coverage.

Terrell also showed good athleticism and playmaking ability.  He has a knack for finding the football and made big plays for Westlake throughout the season.  On offense, Terrell showed good hands and the ability to high point the ball and catch it over defenders.  The former wide reciever standout has coaches across the country are salivating at the thought of him catching the ball like that as a defensive back, the position he is being recruited to play at the next level.

Terrell is also one of the most versatile defensive backs in the state.  His future position might be at safety, but Terrell has the ability to play cornerback if given the opportunity.  He doesn't have elite speed, but his size and ball skills could develop him into a solid cornerback at the next level.  With his toughness and physcial style of play, Terrell has the chance to possibility play linebacker late in his career if he gains solid weight and muscle the next few years.  

Look for the Bulldogs to turn up the heat on this four-star playmaker.  Terrell will be hearing all about the Bulldogs for a while as high school teammate Jaden Hunter is a current Bulldog commitment.


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