Del. OL/DT starting to get noticed

Rutgers has gone into Delaware to bring talent north, and recently was in contact with one of the top lineman in the state. The player is being looked at as a defensive tackle, and said he recently spoke to Rutgers, Penn State and Virginia Tech. He holds one offer, but is hoping for more after sending out a highlight tape of his senior season.

Rutgers' recruiting dipped into Delaware lately and the Scarlet Knights recently spoke to an under-the-radar recruit from the first state, and are evaluating his tape.

Terrace Bourne, a 6-foot-1, 290-pound defensive tackle from Alexis I. Dupont (Wilmington, Del.), said he recently spoke to a few schools, including Rutgers.

"They are telling me that they like my tape and they'll get back to me,'' Bourne said. "I went on an unofficial visit to Rutgers and talked to the coaches, and they said they liked my tape and they would be getting back to me.''

Bourne holds an offer from Southeast Missouri State, but he recently sent tape from his senior season to a few dozen schools, and is waiting to hear back.

While schools will have to do their own evaluations, Bourne's on-field accomplishments speak for themselves.

He was named first-team all-state as an offensive lineman and defensive tackle for Dupont, which finished the season 10-1. He was also selected the state's offensive lineman of the year.

"Just got an offer from Southeast Missouri and last week I talked to Virginia Tech, Rutgers, Penn State,'' said Bourne, who addressed what he is hoping for by sending out the tapes. "I'd like to get a lot of feedback and a lot of the coaches telling me they like me, and they want to recruit me.''

Bourne said all the schools are looking at him to play defensive tackle, and a big reason is his explosion up the field.

"Some of the offensive linemen I line up against, my get-off is quicker than their get-off,'' he said. "When the quarterback says ‘hike,' I'm already making my first move.''

Bourne believes playing high school football in Delaware may have caused him to be overlooked in the recruiting process.

"I'm happy it's starting to move a little bit,'' Bourne said. "At first, I was a little frustrated. People were telling me I needed to wait until after the season, so I did that, and I got my first offer and hopefully this makes things go quicker.''


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