Austin is already starting to feel like home for DeSoto standouts Darius Terrell and Adrian White. Both players logged a lot of time on the Texas campus last fall with several unofficial visits to Longhorn home games, they each committed after being offered during a Texas Junior Day and came to Austin in March when Terrell helped lead the Eagles to the Class 5A state basketball title.
This past weekend both players took part in the Lake Travis 7-on-7 state qualifying tournament and the Longhorns’ one day minicamp.
With most of the Horns’ current 2010 commits on hand, Darius Terrell said that the experience was very good as it gave the commits a rare chance to be in the same place at the same time.
Terrell ran very well in the first part of camp when the skill position prospects were sent to test on speed and the linemen were in groups running shuttles.
“I really liked how I ran,” said Terrell. “I thought I ran fast and the coaches told me I ran a 4.6 flat so I was really pleased with that.”
Terrell said that the fun really got kick started when the prospects started one-on-one drills in the afternoon.
“It was a lot of fun to go against the other guys,” said Terrell. “It was great to see the guys out there competing and it gave everyone a real good idea of where everyone is at.”
There was an impressive collection of defensive backs, including Adrian White, but Terrell said that the best defender was another Dallas area Texas commit.
“Adrian Phillips, I was real impressed with him,” said Terrell. “I didn’t get to go against him but he was out there locking people down. He was the best guy that I saw.”
Terrell also noted that White had a good day.
“A.J., he did pretty good,” said Terrell. “The big thing that he is working on right now is his confidence and playing with a lot of confidence.”
One prospect that Phillips and White had to cover one-on-one was Fort Worth Dunbar’s Darius White. The No. 4 prospect on the Inside Texas 2010 Top 100, White was very impressive on Sunday according to Terrell.
“I really think that he was jumping 40-inches off of the ground,” said Terrell. When asked if he and the other Texas commits tried to get in White’s ear about potentially joining them in Austin, Terrell said that White’s attendance in Austin on Sunday speaks volumes.
“He was there,” said Terrell. “I think that says a whole lot right there.”
Terrell attended the Elite 11 camp in Fort Worth with Graham’s Case McCoy, but Sunday marked the first time that Terrell had the chance to work exclusively with both McCoy and Houston Second Baptist’s Connor Wood.
“That was the first time I worked with both of them like that and they looked really good,” said Terrell. “I got to see all that they bring to the table and they looked good.”
Terrell and White will attempt to qualify for the 7-on-7 State Tournament next month in College Station but the duo has no other plans this summer other than to get ready for the 2009 football season by working out every day.