Vandals continue mining Texas

Since taking over the the helm of the Idahol football program, head coach Robb Akey has made recruiting Texas a priority. Recent signees include sophomore starting linebacker Justin Allen and athlete Quin Ashley who has played quarterback, wide receiver, and defensive back in his first two years at Idaho. And now Angleton Team Captain MICHAEL TERRY is the latest Texan to pledge to Akey and crew.

Player Profile: Michael Terry, 6-1, 209, LB/RB

This season Angleton High School built a reputation as a team with a tough, hard-nosed defense in a Texas league known for fielding prolific offenses. The Wildcats returned a solid group, including four seniors across the defensive front who led the team to a district Championship, a 7-3 regular season record, and the team's first appearance in the playoffs since the 2002 season. The unit recorded 7 interceptions and 20 forced fumbles during the regular season.

They weren't hurting on offense either, rushing for 3,400 yards through first ten games, winning their first two playoff games and scoring a whopping 55 points in each contest.

The 2008 Wildcats made it all the way to the third round of the playoffs (the final 16 teams in the state), falling in the Texas Class 4A State Quarterfinals 35-34 to Beaumont Central on November 28 at Galena Park and finishing with a 9-4 season record.

Among the Wildcat's top performers and collegiate prospects is Michael Terry, the team's starting defensive end (a hybrid linebacker and defensive end position), a Team Captain, and an often used "power" running back (many on the team play both ways). Terry went into the season expected to be among the team's top running backs, but he has worked into playing a much larger role defensively. As the team steamrolled into the playoffs and injuries mounted, Terry also saw his dual-position role increase and his carries on offense expanded.

No. 7 Michael Terry, Team Captain, Defensive End, Running Back

The Wildcats are known as a "fast" team by Texas standards, and Terry is one of the reasons why. In addition to this observation being propagated in the Texas media, Angleton defensive coordinator Kevin Webb last month told that "Michael is pretty fast and shoots around real good" from his defensive end position. Terry combines nice size with good speed, running a 4.52 forty and reporting a bench of 335 and a squat of 450 pounds.

Terry has received recruiting interest from a growing number of programs this fall, and two weeks ago Idaho head coach Robb Akey and the University of Idaho received a verbal commitment from Michael Terry. Defensive coordinator Mark Criner is leading the recruiting charge in bringing Terry to Idaho.

Asked what position Terry was being recruited to play, Michael told, "They mainly recruited me as an athlete, that it was up to me whether I wanted to play outside linebacker or play running back. I'm probably going to try at the start at outside linebacker."

As Idaho fans know, Terry won't be the first Texan recruited to Idaho in the Akey era. Since taking over the Vandal program, Akey and crew have mined Texas and landed 2006 Class 5A Defensive Player of the Year Justin Allen who started all 2008 for Idaho; all-around athlete Quin Ashley who has selflessly played quarterback, wide receiver, and defensive back for Idaho; return specialist and wide receiver Dewey Hale; and last year the Vandals landed First Team AP Class 4A All State selection Troy Vital who earned substantial carries as a true freshman tailback in 2008. In all, seven Vandals hail from the lone-star state.

Michael Terry has played a hybrid DE/LB position this fall.
Although Terry has made a verbal pledge to Idaho, as his stock continues to rise more programs are taking notice of the athlete. Asked to list his top five right now, Terry said Idaho, Western Michigan, Houston, UTEP, and Texas Tech. He is scheduled to take his first official visit to the Idaho campus in the first two weeks of December.

"I haven't really gone to visit any colleges [on an official visit]," Terry said last week, "but I went to U of H [Houston] and watched a couple of games, and UTEP has been looking at me. So has TCU and Arizona State."

One of the new names entering the list of schools recruiting Terry is 2008 Idaho opponent Western Michigan of the MAC making an appearance on Terry's radar. "Western Michigan started talking to me. I started following them and they're doing pretty good. They're looking pretty good right now."

Asked about what he would major in at Idaho, Terry said Computer Engineering. He already has a qualifying test score and is ready to go academically.


- The Angleton football team played their last game ever in their current football stadium, as a new $12.5 million stadium is under construction for the Wildcats, as well as a new high school scheduled to be completed in August.

- Angleton High boasts an impressive list of recent football alumni. Among them, Mark Farris (Texas A&M QB), Gilbert Gardner (Detroit Lions LB), Ahmard Hall (Tennessee Titans FB), Quentin Jammer (San Diego Chargers DB), D.J. Monroe (2008 US Army All-American, current DB at Texas), Keith Toston (Oklahoma State RB), Ray Wilis (Seattle Seahawks OT)

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