For Terry, OSU, next 2 days to determine much

AMONG THE official visitors this past weekend to Oregon State was Ben Terry, a junior college defenseman who has some heft to him, yet still runs a 4.5. But it is between now and Thursday of this week that could be most critical to deciding which of two schools he signs with on Feb. 6. Oregon State, says Terry, is one of those choices.

It looks like it's down to Oregon State and Utah for Terry (6-3, 240, 4.5), and his in-home visits this week, with both schools, will go a long ways towards deciding where he plays next fall.

And of importance in the living room on Tuesday and Thursday, will be what Terry's family thinks.

"My dad wants to talk to both coaches. Utah is coming out Tuesday and Oregon State is coming out Thursday," said Terry.

AS FOR HIS visit to Corvallis, the younger Terry gave the black and orange experience high marks.

"It was great -- I just liked the whole trip overall," said Terry. "I let them know I liked it a lot and I just wanted to talk it over with my dad.

"It's a place I can see myself playing at."

SERVING AS TERRY's player host was Beaver Victor Butler for the weekend.

"I enjoyed hanging out with him, he's funny. I liked the whole team, everybody was cool and laid back, very welcoming," said Terry.

Terry's size, speed and versatility allow him to feel comfortable playing either linebacker or defensive end.

"I'm just ready to get out there and prove that I can play, I've been waiting for this for a long time," said Terry.

In addition to his offers from Oregon State and Utah, Terry was offered this recruiting season by Central Michigan and New Mexico State while Kentucky and Buffalo have also been showing interest.

THIS PAST SEASON in Saddleback's 3-3-5 defensive scheme according to, Terry logged 40-plus tackles -- eight of them were sacks.

"I'm good at using my hands and my speed," Terry says. "I've got stuff to work on like everyone else, but I think I can cause a lot of problems for teams."

Terry said he is on pace to graduate in May and will have three-to-play-two at the next level.

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