Terrence Sherrer Talks about Minnesota Visit

Terrence Sherrer, a 5-10, 190-pound running back from Cincinnati (OH) Colerain, attended the Minnesota-Florida Atlantic game as part of his official visit. GoldenSports.net caught up with Sherrer, who could become a Gopher commitment.

Terrence Sherrer led the Cardinals to a 42-3 win in their Greater Miami Conference football opener Friday over host Lakota East. The two teams shared the GMC championship a year ago, each going 7-0 in the league without meeting each other. Colerain, who improved to 3-1 overall and 1-0 in the conference, is ranked No. 3 in the Enquirer's Division I poll, while Lakota East was ranked No. 6.

The defending Ohio Division I champions have not lost a GMC game since 1999, a stretch covering 38 games. The Colerain's triple-option offense had 295 rushing yards and scoring five TDs on the way to a 35-3 halftime lead Friday as they spread the ball. Colerain finished with 431 yards.

Kyle Lumpkin had eleven carries for 162 yards and three touchdowns. Quarterback Gary Pride added 14 carries for 133 yards and a TD, while Sherrer had nine carries for 80 yards with an 18-yard touchdown run.

Sherrer rushed eight times for 74 yards and one touchdown as he led the Cardinals to a 27-12 win over Tyler (TX) Lee in a nationally televised game (ESPNU) held in Columbus last Friday. The game matched the reigning Texas 5A Division I champion and drew 10,563 fans at Columbus Crew Stadium.

Sherrer, who has offers from Ball State, Minnesota and Akron, earned All-City honors as he carried 88 times for 935 yards and 15 touchdowns as a junior.

Minnesota has been listed as one of your favorites. How has the visit gone so far?
"I actually loved it. It feels like a home to me. I love the campus. I like how it is really close together. I like the Twin Cities, Minneapolis and St. Paul. I like how the team plays. I like how they play on offense. I like how they play as a team. That is very important. I'm really happy with Minnesota."
What have you gotten to see so far?
"I went to a couple of malls. I went on a tour of the campus. I've been through Dinkytown. I've been through most of Minneapolis. I just feel really great about this college and this town."
Amir Pinnix is your host. Did you know him at all before this?
"Just a little. I did not know much about him."
There have been some rumors about you being close to making a decision. Is that something you are close to doing or have already done?
"To be honest, I am going to wait until tomorrow after I talk to Coach Mason and the running backs coach and then I'll make my decision from there."
How about your team? You had a tough loss in the opener, but bounced back last week against a Tyler Texas team on national television. How did you do last night?
"Yesterday, we won 42-3 over Lakota East. It was a conference game. We did good. Our team did pretty well. We used everyone on the team. I think that we have come a long way since Week 1, because in Week 1, we were not as a team yet. Now that we have started to blend in and know each other well and become a team, it has started to show on the field. I really feel that we have come a long way since Week 1."
Obviously as a running back, you have to like see this type of running with a great offensive line with a couple of All-American candidates and Laurence Maroney, one of the best running backs in the country. Does that make your eyes light up? 
"Watching Laurence Maroney, Gary Russell and Pinnix, it is "Wow." It is just great to watch them run, explode, break tackles and score. I just feel blessed to see these guys run the ball and get into the end zone."
How would describe yourself as a player? What do you think that your strengths are?
"I describe myself as a speed back who can also break tackles. I'm very quick. I make one move and go. I'm not a very slippery guy. I'm more of a one move and go guy. I think that I would fit very well with this team because you do not see many moves made by the running backs. All you see is one move and go. I think that I would fit very well with this team. It would be nice to see me as a Gopher in Maroon and Gold.
Do you play any other sports?
I run track. I run the 100 meter, 4 x 100, 200 and 4 x 200." 

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