Texas never officially offers until the previous class has signed, but many elite players on the Horns’ list get approved for an offer long before then. One of those players is DeSoto wide receiver Darius Terrell, who had been told by the Longhorns that he will get a Texas offer for the class of 2010.
Darius Terrell does not officially hold an offer from Texas, but when the staff starts sending out offers to their 2010 recruits Terrell will be at the front of the line.
The 6-foot-3, 207 pound DeSoto product says he has already been told by the Texas staff that he will be getting a coveted Longhorn offer. Terrell, one of the top junior receivers in the country, reports that he will have the offer in hand after the Longhorns’ 2009 recruiting class is officially in the books in February.
The Longhorns’ have targeted Terrell as one of the best players in a state receiver class that looks much better — on paper — than the group of 2009 pass catchers. Terrell has already raked in four offers, including three from the Big 12 in Kansas, Nebraska and Oklahoma.
“I have been approved for a UT offer after signing day,” Terrell said. “They told me that I’ll get one when they mail them out to everybody. That’s it is as far as offers go. Right now I’m pretty much just getting mail from everyone except USC.”
Being a big-bodied receiver, Terrell looks to pros like Andre Johnson of the Houston Texans and Anquan Boldin of the Arizona Cardinals as players that he patterns his game after. He has already taken some of the best attributes of both receivers and infused them into his game.
“I would say my biggest strength as a receiver is that I attack the ball,” Terrell said. “I can also make plays after the catch.”
DeSoto has a plethora of talented underclassmen, including Terrell and another Longhorn recruit in 2010 defensive back Adrian White, and according to Terrell the Eagles only have one senior starting on offense. Like the Eagles, who have recovered from a 1-4 start with a 2-0 mark in District 11-5A play, Terrell is hitting his groove. He has already eclipsed his impressive sophomore numbers (15-245-2) with 22 catches for a team leading 406 yards (18.5 yards per catch) and five of the Eagles eight touchdowns in the passing game this season.
“I feel like everything is starting to mesh,” said Terrell. “I’ve played my best games in the last two games. It feels like things are starting to come together.”
Terrell was big for the Eagles in their most recent victory as he posted his second 100-yard receiving game of the season with 134 yards on eight catches and two touchdowns in a 27-22 win over Tyler Lee.
The day after the big win over Lee, Terrell made the trip to Austin to take in No.1 Texas’ 56-31 thrashing of Missouri. The atmosphere of the prime time showdown was a site to see for Terrell.
“The atmosphere was great,” Terrell said. “It wasn’t really a great game because Texas jumped out really early, but it was two great teams going at it and the atmosphere was great.”
Terrell was came away impressed with a Longhorn offense that scored touchdowns on each of its five first half possessions.
“It seemed like everything they wanted to do was working,” Terrell said. “Missouri just couldn’t stop them.”
Terrell says he is going to let the recruiting process play out, but he has already begun the evaluation process and has a list of five schools with the positives ranging from tradition to style of play.
“I like Texas, Oklahoma, Florida, Kansas and Texas Tech,” Terrell said. “I like the tradition of all of those schools. I like Texas Tech because they pass a lot and they get a lot of people involved, but I like the tradition with the other schools.”