Terrell Makes His Case

Darius Terrell and his Desoto Eagles got a special invite to an eight team passing tournament in Beaverton, Oregon last week and the wide out played well enough to earn All-Tournament honors while his team took home second place. Burnt Orange Beat spoke with the Terrell to get his thoughts on the trip and his play.

Shoe company giant, Nike, recently hosted a eight team national passing tournament known as "7On" with teams from around the country competing for top honors. The Desoto Eagles, one of two teams from Texas, played some great ball before finishing second overall. Darius Terrell and Adrian White, both Texas Longhorn commitments, got a chance to show their stuff on the national stage.

"We played great. We lost a game early, then won four or five straight before we lost in the Championship game to Miami Northwestern," Terrell told Burnt Orange Beat.

According to many observers who were there, Terrell was the go-to guy for junior-to-be quarterback Ryan Polite. Scout.com's Chris Fetters came away very impressed with Terrell.

"I loved Terrell. Absolutely the go-to guy for Polite, who is so polished for only going into his junior year. Whenever Polite needed something big, he went to Terrell."

For their efforts, both Polite and Terrell earned All-Tournament Team honors.

Terrell, who is rated as the #96 WR in the country by Scout, certainly made a statement with his play, and perhaps even his ranking.

"Man, all that stuff with the rankings started when I ran a slow time at a combine last year. I recently ran a 4.6 at a combine down in Austin. I consistently run 4.5 to 4.6," Terrell said.

Scout.com's Miller Safrit certainly came away impressed with the big bodied wide out.

"He complained about where he is ranked, but he certainly was heard throughout the tournament on the field catching every jump ball he fought for, making some solid catches in traffic, and running better routes than I expected."

As far as the second place finish, Terrell and the Eagles were proud of their showing.

"I think we represented Desoto and the state of Texas pretty well. We are happy with our showing," Terrell said.

The showing could lead into big things for the Eagles in the upcoming season as they are talented and experienced bunch.

"We return 17 or 18 starters from last year and we have been working real hard this offseason and summer, so we are expecting it to carry over this season," Terrell said. Terrell already has a state championship on the hardwood as a junior.

Expect the Eagles to improve on their 6-6 record and contend for a crown in 2009.

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