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Athletic DE Terrance Lang has USC atop his list early

Looks can be deceiving when it comes to jumbo athlete Terrance Lang, who has produced during this offseason playing his secondary position. He talks interest in USC after spring game visit.

At 6-foot-7 and 265 pounds, Pasadena (Calif.) Maranatha’s Terrance Lang looks out of place at a 7-on-7 passing tournament. Standing alongside his peers, the brawny Lang doesn’t look like any of the other skill players in attendance.

Maybe this kid wandered over from a nearby basketball camp? Maybe he didn’t get the memo there are no linemen?

Inevitably, Lang is called upon and steps to the line of scrimmage, ready to run a route from the slot or tight end positions. A linebacker usually strolls out to defend him, expecting an easy cover from a plodding big guy.

Lang comes off the line, shows a little shimmy with the shoulders and breaks free from the defender. The ball comes his way and he snatches it out of the air. He smirks at the surprised defender after the play and over at his teammates, who are unsurprised at the effort of “Big T.”

While he doesn’t expect to be on the offensive side of the ball in college, Lang has fun playing the tight end position in high school and the 7-on-7 tournaments are just a bonus opportunity to enjoy himself.

“Just have fun honestly,” Lang said when asked what he hopes to get out of the passing tournaments. “I’m going to play d-end at the next level. In high school, I play tight end, so it just helps me work on my placement and route running a little bit.”

Some players are looking to impress the media and coaches in attendance to further enhance their prospect status. Others are trying to improve their skill set. But Lang just wants to smile and have a good time. 

Lang is a dual-sport athlete that was more of a basketball prospect than football recruit early in his high school career, but his rare combination of size and athleticism has enabled Lang to develop into an edge rusher getting after the quarterback.

“My speed coming off the edge and my strength is what makes me stand out.”

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The three-star defensive end prospect’s stock has been on the rise this off-season and that has made him a popular man with college coaches. Lang said the recruiting process has been busy, but productive.

He’s been hearing from a number of schools, picking up Pac-12 offers from California, Colorado, Oregon State, Washington State and recently nabbing an offer from Big 10 power, Wisconsin. But the first offer for Lang was a special one for him — USC.

“I like the way that they play and the way [defensive line coach Kenechi Udeze] coaches. I like it all.

“Just the chemistry, the family and then after USC I know if I didn't make it in football, I could still be successful outside of football. SC is just a good place to say you came out of."

Shortly before his first offer, Lang visited for USC’s Elite Trojan Day and found a comfort with the coaching staff and his potential position coach, Udeze.

“He’s been telling me I’m not a tight end lately,” Lang said with a laugh. “Me and Coach KU are good. It’s all good with the process at USC. USC is definitely there at the top.”

Lang was in attendance at the Coliseum last week for the Trojans’ spring game and paid close attention to the defensive line, which is breaking in a lot of new faces after losing five seniors. 

“At SC, I think I could really fit into their program.”

Lang hasn’t made any summer camp plans or decided where he will take his official visits in the fall, but did say his plan is to take those visits before making any college decision.

Check out Terrance Lang's isolation highlights from a 7-on-7 tournament earlier in the spring:

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