Season Wrapup: Terry Shankle

It's hard to fathom that another player in the state had more of an impact on his team in all three aspects of the game than Terry Shankle did for Norwood (N.C.) South Stanly.

"He had his usual year," South Stanly head coach Luke Little said. "He had almost 1,300 yards receiving and 18 touchdowns. And on defense, nobody ever threw his way, ran his way – did anything his way. The corner on the other side ended up with nine interceptions. He also was a threat in the return game."

Shankle, a 5-foot-11, 170-pound athlete, ended his senior season with 43 catches for 1,291 yards and 18 touchdowns. Defensively, he intercepted three passes and recorded 74 tackles. Also, he returned a punt and a kickoff for scores.

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"Basically, I had to be the playmaker," Shankle said. "On offense, on defense, returning, I had to make an impact."

On defense, Shankle moved between safety and cornerback in South Stanly's cover-three scheme.

"Basically, they wanted me to shut one side down," Shankle said.

Offense took a backseat to Shankle's defensive responsibilities. However, he was still a viable offensive weapon at wide receiver.

"Whenever we needed a score or a big play, they called on me," Shankle said.

Surprisingly, Little says Shankle's void on offense will be the tougher aspect of his game to replace next season.

"We're going to miss his big play," Little said. "He averaged 30 yards a catch."

With his high school career as evidence, Shankle could play and be a factor at several positions on the collegiate level.

"What I tell everybody: I think he can play both sides of the ball," Little said. "He understands the quickest way he gets on the field is at receiver. But he knows his future is at corner."

To play cornerback in the ACC, especially in UNC's zone-heavy defense, Shankle has some work to do.

"He knows he needs to be a little more physical and bigger and stronger to be able to play corner right now," Little said.

Little speaks regularly to UNC's area recruiter Tommy Thigpen. Thigpen has informed him that UNC plans to give Shankle a shot at getting on the field as a freshman.

"They want to give him a chance at returning," Little said. "They said they're losing their kickoff return guy and punt [return] guy. They want to give him a chance there.

"If he's ready at DB, then they'll play him there. If not, they think he can come in and play some receiver. They're going to lose a lot [at receiver] by graduation and players leaving early."

Shankle says the he and Thigpen speak at least once a week.

"He just asked me how everything is going," Shankle said. "He said to keep doing what I'm doing and come in ready to work."

Unjustifiably, Shankle has been the victim of academic rumors throughout his recruitment.

"Right now he's qualified," Little said. "He's got the SAT score. He's got two core classes left. He just has to maintain that GPA and he'll be qualified."

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