Pasadena (Calif.) Marantha three-star athlete Terrance Lang wants to start the season off as king of the mountain.
The 6-foot-6, 270-pound defensive end and tight end heads to Lake Arrowhead (Calif.) Friday to play Rim Of The World High School in his season opener.
“I can’t wait to get back on the field,” said Lang. “I’m really trying not to make my game all about athleticism. I’m trying to break it down this year to where I’m using my technique.
“I’ve been working on using my hands more, getting my pad level down and utilizing the things I learned this offseason. And then just playing seven-on-seven, I learned how to use my body more to create room as a tight end.”
Outside a few scholarship offers from schools like Tennessee and Texas A&M, Lang has always been thought of as a regional recruit. With no camp performances to further his name, Lang has gone widely overlooked at the tiny parochial high school in Pasadena.
However, the schools that did go to see him during May continue to recruit him hard today. Lang currently has two schools penciled in for official visits this fall.
“I have an official set up for Oregon, but I haven’t set the date yet,” said Lang. “I talk to Coach Ron Aiken pretty frequently, so my relationship with him is a big reason why I’m looking at Oregon.
“USC is the other school I’ll visit. That will probably be during the season too.”
For Lang, official visits will be more about seeing each school rather than each football program.
“I want to visit each school as if I lived there,” said Lang. “I would like to see a game, but I really want to see how the environment or vibe is around campus on a normal day as a student.
“Like with Oregon, I do want to see what it’s like there off campus and just get a feel for the school.”
Outside the Pac-12, another school is making a push for an official visit.
“In the back of my mind, Texas A&M is a school I’d like to see,” said Lang. “I've talked to Coach Jeff Banks a few times and he came by my school.
“We talked about what went on at A&M. He also showed me some videos from practice and I really liked those, so that’s a school I’m thinking about visiting. Texas A&M is a school I’ve been watching for a while. Not so much when I was younger, but recently.”
Before Lang will officially visit any school, he will fly out to Texas to watch USC play Alabama at Cowboy Stadium Sept. 3.
“I have family out there, but Alabama and USC… nobody wants to miss that game,” said Lang.
Most mainstream media outlets have USC losing to the defending national championship Crimson Tide by double digits.
“I think USC has a chance,” said Lang. “Their offensive line looks pretty good, and their d-line too. Then again, Alabama is Alabama.”