After receiving some unexpected news last week, Carson Terrell admitted he's got some more thinking to do.
The three-star tight end from Lehi, Utah, picked up a scholarship offer from UCLA on Friday, a week after two assistant coaches dropped by his game while the Bruins were in the area to take on BYU. The offer came as a surprise to the 6-foot-5, 225-pound prospect and, with the Bruins having now entered the picture, it could prove to be a major turning point.
"I was shocked," Terrell told Scout.com. "They came to my game (last week) and I hadn't really talked to UCLA before that. They came for our quarterback, Camm Cooper. I'm super excited to have the opportunity to go play at such a great school. I was pleasantly shocked.
"They told me they really my ball skills and that I am what they're looking for at the position. They have the other tight end, Jimmy Jaggers, and they told me they feel we would complement each other well. He's more of a blocking tight end and my pride myself in that area as well, but I would say catching and running routes is definitely what I'm best at. Whatever the college wants me to do, I'll do."
BYU, Oregon State and Utah State are the three other schools that Terrell, the No. 1 tight end in his state and No. 18 in the West region, has standing out in his recruitment at the moment. He plans to go on visits after the season to the school he's most interested in and then make a decision after that.
"UCLA is definitely up there now," Terrell said. "I've got to reassess everything because they are definitely one of my top schools now.
"I've talked to all the coaches and they know that's what my plan is for after the season."
A rundown of what makes each of the three aforementioned programs appealing to Terrell...
On BYU: "They are 20 minutes away from my house and it's a hometown school. I love their staff and coach (Kalani) Sitake is awesome. He's a really good coach and I could see myself playing for him. The education there is awesome."
On Oregon State: "I really like their tight ends coach up there and their offensive coordinator, coach (Kevin) McGiven. I see a great opportunity to go up there, play and be around good coaches."
On Utah State: "They were with me since beginning and were one of the first schools to offer me, so we have a really strong relationship. They are only two hours away so it's another option that's close to home."
On UCLA: "They've told me they want to continue using their tight ends more and play physical football. I've been watching UCLA and the game I watched the most was probably the one against Texas A&M. I watched that full game and liked what I saw (offensively)."
In six games this season, Terrell has been credited with 33 receptions for 454 yards and five touchdowns. On the night UCLA saw him play, he had a season-high eight catches for 134 yards.