"I'm gonna be a Vandal"

Team Captain MICHAEL TERRY, a rugged linebacker and runningback at Angleton (Tex.) High School, has been on Idaho's recruiting radar for months. This week, the Idaho coaches got the call they had been anticipating when Terry made his final decision and picked the University of Idaho. The future outside linebacker talked with Scout.com about his trip to Moscow and his decision to be a Vandal.

Idaho, under the guidance of third-year head coach Robb Akey, has made the Lone Star state a recruiting priority. The state is rich in player talent, and with the likes of Quin Ashley, Dewey Hale, Troy Vital, and several others donning the silver and gold in recent years.

Now, the Vandals appear to be on the inside track to land another versatile athlete, this year grabbing a verbal commitment from Michael Terry (6-1, 210) out of Angleton (Tex.) High School, and the athlete who clocks a 4.52 forty has his sights set on the Vandal linebacking crew.

When asked this week how the recruiting process was going, he told Scout.com it had come to an end. "I've got my mind made up," said the Wildcat Team Captain. "I'm gonna be a Vandal."

And as would be expected, an athlete of Terry's caliber had options. When asked who his decision ultimately came down to in the end, Terry talked about the two offers he was entertaining the most. "Arizona State offered [in addition to Idaho]. Other smaller schools have come across, but I told them I was going to Idaho; so they don't really count."

What tilted the table in favor of Idaho is a theme that has been repeated over and over. He visited the Idaho campus on December 16th and was hosted by Quin Ashley and Troy Vital. The trip made a lasting impression. "I loved it," Terry told Scout.com. "It felt like family down there, and the coaches made me feel wanted. I like how the whole town was about football. Everybody down there, in all the windows, you see the "Go Vandals" [signs] and stuff. I like that, the support from the town."

He will take his first shots at either SAM (outside) or middle linebacker for the Vandals this fall. And no, he does not plan to redshirt. With the hits the Vandals took last season due to injuries in the linebacker corps, the hard-hitting Terry will likely get his shots at immediate playing time.

His high school team's starting defensive end (a hybrid linebacker / defensive end combination position), a Team Captain, and an often used "power" running back, Terry does it all. And speed is not an issue. Angleton defensive coordinator Kevin Webb told TheFacts.com in November 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.

With that kind of a background, he will be difficult to keep off the field in 2009.

PLAYER PROFILE: Michael Terry, 6-1, 210, LB/RB

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