December 19, 2008

Terrell won't rule out ASU

Chandler (Ariz.) Hamilton won the 5A1 state championship this season and one of the big reasons why was the play of wide receiver Drew Terrell, the 5th ranked prospect in Arizona according to

Terrell committed to Stanford in September over offers from Arizona State, Northwestern, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest and Washington State.

"I am still committed [to Stanford,]" Terrell said. "I was one of the first three players accepted in this class. The others were Usua Amanam and Jemari Roberts. With the guys Stanford has coming in I definitely believe that they are headed in the right direction."

The 5-foot-10 175-pounder, who carries a 3.9 gpa, remains committed to the Cardinal but he will not rule out the possibility of signing with the Sun Devils.

"I am still looking at ASU a little bit," Terrell said. "I do consider myself committed to Stanford. I am going to visit Stanford in January 9th. I won't rule ASU out complete until signing day.

"I really do not see much reason to take an official to ASU. I have pretty much grow up around the campus. I have seen all of the facilities and know the coaches. I pretty much know the program inside or out. Coach Stretz was out at Hamilton last week so I just talked to him."

"I have thought about visiting Vanderbilt," Terrell said. "I don't know where that is at. Northwestern was out a few weeks ago. I told them I was committed to Stanford. I haven't been hearing from them since then.

Terrell caught 67 passes for 867 yards and five touchdowns. He also had 17 carries for 122 yards and a touchdown and returned a kick for a touchdown. For those efforts he was named first-team all-region and first-team All-Arizona by the Arizona Republic.

The wideout, who grew up going to Arizona State games, is the latest in a long line of talented prospects to come out of the school since it opened in 1998.

Arizona State has benefited over the years from having a local powerhouse like Hamilton nearby. Terrell's teammate, linebacker Anthony Jones, has committed to Arizona State. He has also has two former teammates, wide receivers Kerry Taylor and the top recruit from the class of 2008 Gerell Robinson, suiting up for the Sun Devils.

"I am still considering ASU," Terrell said. "It's because I have pretty much grown up around the program and it is close to home.

"I believe that at Stanford I have a better chance of playing (early), because Arizona State is pretty deep at receiver. They have a lot of young guys that can play there so that was a big factor in my decision."

"Playing time and academic are probably neck and neck in importance to me," Terrell said. "Academics probably is a little more important because I want to have something to fall back upon after football."

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