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Darius Terrell: Staying True

There are times when fans can get wrapped up in the big named recruits who often choose a school other than the University of Texas. Often brushed aside in some respects are the prospects that bleed burnt orange and stay firm to their commitment the Horns without batting an eye.

DeSoto’s Darius Terrell falls into the latter category.
Darius Terrell made it known well before we was offered at the Horns’ Feb. 8 junior day that he was extremely high on Texas and was a safe bet to commit to the Horns offered, which indeed did happen that same day.

Since committing Terrell has stuck to his guns and has already developed friendships with a few members of the class and the Texas coaching staff. The No. 30 overall prospect on the Inside Texas 2010 Top 100 has been close to fellow Longhorn pledge John Harris for a few years now and he said he stays in contact with defensive tackle commit Taylor Bible as well as Texas assistant coaches Bruce Chambers and Bobby Kennedy.

Terrell also said that the Horns’ June minicamp in Austin gave him a chance to get a closer look at Harris and Daingerfield’s Chris Jones, as well as start the process of the 2010 class coming together as a group.

“It was good to see (Harris and Jones) because you read so much about them, but they were as good as advertised,” Terrell said. “It was good to meet all of the other commits. We feel like family.” With his commitment long out of the way, Terrell has had time to focus on things like his preparation for the 2009 season, his last in high school and one that holds a ton of promise for the Eagles.

Terrell said that the Eagles have further developed an already rock solid chemistry over the past few months with the hopes that the Eagles can live up to their lofty expectations on the gridiron this fall.

“We’ve accomplished a lot this summer,” said Terrell. “Everybody has perfect attendance in summer workouts and we surprised a lot of people out here at 7-on-7 so hopefully that carries over to the season.”

It might have been a surprise to some, but in reality Terrell and the Eagles solidified the notion that it is a team loaded with talent at the skill positions after their run to the championship bracket semifinals of the 7-on-7 state tournament in College Station last weekend.

The Eagles fell to 39-38 to eventual champion Round Rock Stony Point but in the process Terrell and the DeSoto offense looked like a well oiled machine. With junior quarterback Ryan Polite hitting his spots and junior receivers David Porter and Sam Jolla providing some explosive plays, Terrell was money in the red zone throughout the tournament, provided sure hands and showed a speed element to his game along with excellent agility and body position.

“We feel disappointed we didn’t win because we thought we were the best team in it,” Terrell said. “We were in the toughest pool and came out of the toughest pool so we got some things accomplished.”

Terrell was impressed with the way that the DeSoto defense, led by Texas cornerback commit Adrian White, performed throughout the tournament.

“Seeing our defense step up in pressure situations was key for us,” Terrell said. “I hope that carries over to the season.”

Despite the 7-on-7 season being done in Texas, Terrell and the Eagles are currently in Oregon for the annual Nike 7 On event where, along with Dallas Skyline, they will compete in the eight team event and this time Terrell said he and his teammates will look to bring a title back to Texas.

“We are honored because they only picked eight teams from across the nation,” Terrell said. “We are going to enjoy it but at the same time we are going to do our best to win it.”