Pasadena (Calif.) Maranatha High School isn’t known for being a football school let alone a football power, but the Minutemen have a senior tight end and defensive lineman that is impossible to overlook — literally.
Standing 6-foot-7, 270-pounds, Terrance Lang looked out of place at the IMG Passing Tournament in Norco (Calif.) this past weekend. With a plethora of tiny receivers darting all over the field, and an equal amount of tiny defensive backs covering them, Lang towered over the competition.
At a small private school like Maranatha, Lang is use to doing that. USC, Oregon State, Cal and Washington State all believe Lang can do that at the next level as well.
“Coach KU (Kenechi Udeze) invited me to USC’s junior day, so I got to see the school in person and talk to him,” said Lang. “The campus was just awesome, and meeting the coaches there, they were all great.
“I felt like the coaches there really spoke to me like they had my best interest at heart. It was a good environment.
“They didn’t offer me at junior day. It was a little while later, and then one day, Coach KU reached out and told me they were offering me. It really came out of the blue. The coaches said they really liked my second step. I guess they like my speed coming off the line and getting to the offensive backfield.”
Lang plays on both sides on the ball for Maranatha, although for team Body By Tra, he plays exclusively at tight end because there are no linemen in seven-on-seven.
USC, like most other schools, is recruiting Lang as an athlete. However, his lead recruiter, Kenechi Udeze, is the Trojans defensive line coach. Lang also spent most of his trip to USC spring practice watching the defensive line.
“When I go to a practice or game, I’m always envisioning myself out there on the field,” said Lang. “I’m watching the other players and seeing how I would fit or what I could do. I’m always thinking about where I got best.
“At this point, USC is the only school I’ve watched practice, but I hope to get out and see some more schools soon.”
In general, Lang is hesitant to pigeonhole himself when it comes to recruiting. He has no favorite schools, no preference for what position he plays and no single scholarship offer he still covets.
“I tell every coach that’s offered me that I’m thankful, but I look at every school the same way,” said Lang. “I get excited every time I get offered, but I’m taking one opportunity at a time.
“I want to have all schools as an option. I want to take all of my visits and really see what school gives me in the best opportunity to succeed at the next level.”
Those opportunities could easily double once college coaches descend on Maranatha to see Lang in May. While USC was among the schools ahead of the curve offering Lang a scholarship in February, the Trojans have another angle working for them in his recruitment.
“Really, it was the atmosphere I liked at USC the most,” said Lang. “It felt like a big family. Everybody was there for me and really made me feel at home, so that was what stood out.”