Junior day visits up next for Darius Terrell

DeSoto junior receiver Darius Terrell has been one of the more talked about prospects in the state of Texas during the season. The 6-3, 195-pound pass catcher has already received three offers from Nebraska, Kansas and Oklahoma with more certainly to come. With the season over, the highly sought junior is beginning to set up junior days visits.

The DeSoto Eagles fielded a very talented, but inexperienced group this year. After a slow start under first year head coach Claude Mathis that included four straight losses heading into district play, the Eagles began to soar in 11-5A play, eventually winning the district crown by beating John Tyler on the last week of the regular season.

Junior receiver Darius Terrell had a big hand in the Eagles march to the 5A playoffs. The junior more than doubled his sophomore season production catching 34 passes for 577 yards and six touchdowns as well as making improvements as a blocker. Terrell thinks the Eagles exceeded the expectations heading into the 2008 season.

"I thought we did pretty well," Terrell said. "I think be winning district, we exceeded expectations. With a new coach coming in, we weren't expected to win district. Next year, we want wore," Terrell added.

As for his individual performance, the 6-3, 195-pound receiver that could grow into a flex tight end on the next level, said he wanted to triple his 2007 production and feels like he did that. Terrell also sees a couple of key areas for improvement in the offseason.

"I thought I played alright. My goal was to triple my stats from my sophomore year and I think I did that. In the offseason, I need to work on my explosiveness. If I know it's a run play, I need to finish my routes and give a good play fake. I feel like I run good routes and I go get the ball. If the ball is in the air, it's mine or it will be an incompletion," Terrell said.

With the football season concluded, Terrell has now shifted his focus to the hardwood. Terrell plays wing for the Eagles and his first game back was a 17-point win over Allen.

Along with basketball, the junior is closing in on several junior days and says he has received three official offers.

"I plan to go to some junior days. I'm thinking about going to LSU on January 31st. I will probably go to ones at Texas and OU as well. I have offers from Oklahoma, Kansas, and Nebraska. Texas said they are going to offer after signing day. Initially I wanted to get it over with and commit soon, but now I want to take my time and go see places," Terrell said.

With the unofficial visit process getting underway in few weeks, Terrell has a very good idea of what he is looking for in a program.

"I'm looking for that family atmosphere. Also a team that throws the ball and a strong academic university. I'm not sure on a major, but I think I want to coach someday," Terrell said.

Terrell and his Desoto basketball teammates are 4-4 heading into December play.

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