Saddleback's Terry has Pac 10 trip set

Strong and fast defensive ends who can play both the pass and the run are a luxury every four-year program is looking to acquire. Saddleback's Ben Terry (6-3, 240) is a physically imposing player who has several schools looking his way and he's headed to a Pac 10 school this weekend after taking a trip to a Mountain West power last weekend.

"I will be up at Oregon State this weekend," Terry told recently. "They really started to come on strong this week and they offered me pretty recently, so I'll head up there to check them out and see what they have to offer up there.

"I really like their coaching staff and the fact that they play in the Pac 10 is really cool and I'll be able to play against some of the best teams in the country if I went there."

This past weekend Terry took a trip to Utah and said he had a great time during his 48 hours on campus.

"They have a good program there and their coaches are really cool," Terry said. "I'm definitely looking at them and what they have to offer me. I liked it up there. I liked it a lot."

In addition to his offers from Oregon State and Utah, Terry also has offers from Central Michigan and New Mexico State while Kentucky and Buffalo have also been showing a lot of interest.

"I'm just taking it all in stride and being patient," Terry said. "I'd like to take one more visit, but right now I haven't firmed up any more official trips."

Terry's size and speed (4.5) make him a versatile player who feels comfortable playing either linebacker or end.

"I can play both and I rushed the passer from a three-point (stance) with my hand on the ground or from a stand-up position," Terry said. "I feel comfortable playing from either spot and I'd say I play the same position that Shawne Merriman plays for the San Diego Chargers."

While free-lancing in Saddleback's 3-3-5 defensive scheme, Terry posted over 40 tackles and had eight sacks.

"I'm good at using my hands and my speed," Terry said. "I've got stuff to work on like everyone else, but I think I can cause a lot of problems for teams."

Terry will finish his two-year degree in May and wherever he ends up he'll have three years to play two the moment he sets foot on campus.

We'll continue to follow Terry's progress over the next few weeks and update things as they change.

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