D-line prospect dubs WSU fans wild and crazy

WHILE THE scoreboard in Pullman was on the fritz and the outcome of the game was less than hoped for, one thing was clicking for Washington State over the weekend: recruiting. A big lineman from the Sacramento area returned home Monday after tripping to Washington State and tells CF.C his Palouse impressions were lasting ones.

"It was a lot of fun for me," Pleasant Grove High's Nick Terry said of his time in Pullman. "Seeing the coaches and meeting the players was great. That was one of the biggest things for me. I had met most of the coaches, but meeting coach Mike Leach and being able to talk with him in person was huge."

The atmosphere at Martin Stadium was something that stood out for the 6-4, 270-pounder, too. Although the Cougars saw their record drop to 2-5, Terry said the excitement the fans showcased stood out to him.

"It was a really great experience for us (recruits) to be on the field and see how the team prepares for games," said Terry, who was one of eight prospects visiting WSU over the weekend. "The fans were wild and crazy throughout the game and I really liked that. It seems like they are very supportive of the program."

Terry did not commit on the trip and said he wants to take more visits before making a decision. He will be at Nevada this Saturday, followed by a trip to Boise State on Nov. 3, with Oregon State is likely to be Nov. 17 or Nov. 24.

He is the No. 83-ranked defensive tackle prospect in the nation by Scout.com.

Terry said he was hosted by Cougar redshirt freshman defensive lineman Darryl Paulo, also a Sacramento product. Terry said he looked up to Paulo when he was knocking heads at Grant Union High.

"We're both from Sacramento and we had that instant bond when I got into town," Terry said. "We just talked and he told me about WSU and what the school is all about. He told me how he still remembers his first day of fall camp as a freshmen and how hard everyone on the team works."

Terry is a standout defensive tackle and has talked to WSU coaches about playing either NT or DE. While in Pullman, Terry said he talked with defensive line coach Joe Salave'a and the first- year WSU assistant made one thing clear.

"He told me they're all about building the program," Terry said. "They want the top recruits to help build it from the bottom. They're defensive line is really young right now and he (Salave'a) and the other coaches told me If I work hard in camp, I can come in and play early. That's important to me because my goal is to play as a freshman."

Another key component in Terry's recruitment is his future school's academics. Terry is planning on studying criminal justice in college and he and his mom received some good news from the department at WSU.

"I got to meet with the criminal justice advisor and that went really well because they have one of the top schools on the West Coast," Terry said. "That was really reassuring for my mom and also myself because my education is important to me."

Terry said he anticipates making his college choice after his prep football season, which could go into December because Pleasant Grove is expected to make a deep run into the post season.

"They're definitely one of my top choices," Terry said of WSU. "I had a great time and all the recruits we're cool and got along. I felt like I had a bond with all of the players and the coaching staff is all about taking Washington State to the top."

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