At 5-foot-10, 200-pounds, Terrance Magee is both a star quarterback and standout pitcher for the Franklinton High Demons, making him one of the most coveted athletes in the state of Louisiana for 2011.
Though his dreams of playing college baseball remain strong, Magee has long known that his future at quarterback would be restricted to his three seasons at the position in high school.
However, the chance to run with the football in his hands took a huge step in the right direction this past weekend.
“LSU got me on the phone and offered me a spot as a tailback,” Magee said. “I had gotten a message over the weekend to call [coach] Joe Rob, and I figured he just wanted to touch base and congratulate me on the season or something. Whenever he told me that the staff wanted to offer me a scholarship, I didn’t know what to say.
“Joe Rob might as well have just told me, ‘Merry Christmas,’ because that was probably one of the best holiday presents I could think of getting.”
Magee was told that the offer came after a Sunday of both heavy discussion and film study.
“Coach told me that he had the whole staff, including coach [Les] Miles, look my stuff over during one of their recruiting meetings,” Magee said. “He said that everyone was thoroughly impressed, and that each person agreed I could come on and make a good tailback.
“Once he got the go-ahead from coach Miles, he went ahead and passed the good news along to me.”
With running back commitments already landed from the 6-foot, 217-pound Kenny Hilliard and the 6-foot-1, 215-pound Jeremy Hill, the Tigers hope Magee will fill the third spot.
“I can look at that and see that they want a smaller back to complement those guys,” he said. “Coach did not mention anything about them when we talked, but I can look at that and understand the situation.”
After a day to take in the offer, how is the news sitting?
“I feel amazing, because LSU is big time,” Magee said. “I have been a fan of the school and their sports teams since I was growing up, and it would mean a lot to carry on that local tradition of guys ending up down in Baton Rouge.”
With the offer also came a leader, though Magee admits that without any competition, the Tigers do not have to fight much of a battle.
“Despite having a big season on the field, this was the very first offer that arrived,” Magee said. “I kind of figured some of the smaller schools would have offered, but nobody but LSU ever came around.
“Without any other teams handing over scholarships, you would have to call LSU my leader.”
In terms of a decision, Magee said that the Tigers could be hearing more good news in the near future.
“I am going to sit down and talk with my parents about things and then take it from there,” Magee said. “I know that when they heard that the LSU offer had come, they were as excited as me.”