Pasadena (Calif.) Maranatha athlete Terrance Lang has been sidelined the past three weeks with an ankle injury, which may impact his recruitment.
The injury itself is not season-ending or career threatening, but the psychology of watching football instead of playing it this season has forced Lang to reflect on his pending college decision.
“It’s been hard man,” said Lang. “It’s been getting better because of rehab and stuff, but I’m going to try and play this week.
“I was just talking to my coach yesterday on the ride home. We actually were talking about how fast football can end. If this were a worse injury, football could be over for me. It makes you think about how important academics are.”
Lang injured his ankle second game of the season versus San Dimas High School. While he normally plays tight end and defensive end for Maranatha High School, Lang sustained the injury playing fullback.
“It was 3rd and 5 and we needed a first down,” said Lang. “I don’t know how it really happened. I just got twisted up and went down.”
With high school football on ice along with his ankle, Lang has been talking more with college coaches about his future destination. Lang has yet to attended any local games at USC or UCLA, but he did attend the Trojans blowout defeat in Dallas against Alabama.
Lang did see one positive in the loss.
“I made me think about coming in and playing right away,” said laughed Lang. “Talking to KU (Kenechi Udeze), they need defensive linemen bad. I guess they only played four or five defensive linemen in the last game.
“The defensive line is looking real thin at USC, and I want to play early, so that’s something to consider.”
USC has had a rough start to the season. Lang sees many of the Trojans' issues as being self-inflicted.
“The games I’ve seen… they’ve hurt themselves with penalties and turnovers,” said Lang. “I’ve seen mostly mental mistakes. No team has really beat them as much as they’ve beat themselves.
“In the Alabama game, it was close in the first half, but then a few key plays changed the momentum of the game and Alabama took control.”
Lang plans on being in the Coliseum Saturday to watch USC host Arizona State. It could be a pivotal game for the Trojans bowl hopes.
“ I’m definitely going down there to watch the d-line,” said Lang. “I want to see how they play and how Coach KU is talking to them on the sideline. And just seeing how they program on game day.”
In addition to visiting USC, Land plans to visit Oregon officially some time this season. But before that can happen, the NCAA Clearinghouse must do its job.
“Right now I’m waiting for my SAT scores to come back,” said Lang. “Oregon and Colorado are the two schools I’ve talked to about taking trips, so I’ll have dates once my scores come back.”