It is no secret that the 2006 class in the state of Alabama is absolutely loaded and is especially heavy with talent at the top. There are already three prospects that have picked up SEC offers and one of them is Wadley, Ala. wide receiver/defensive back Terrell Zachery.
“Terrell is getting mail from just about every school in the country,” said Wadley coach Randy Sparks. “I would say that he is literally getting about 50 letters a day or more right now. He got his first written scholarship offer from Auburn not too long ago. Of course it is depending on qualifying, but they are all under that condition. He has not taken the ACT as of yet.”
The 6-foot-0, 175-pound Zachery has been on the radar of college coaches for two years already, but it was this summer at a camp at Auburn that he stated his case as an elite player. He was easily the top wide receiver in attendance and virtually uncoverable by anyone 2005 prospect in attendance.
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“He is getting the most mail from Auburn, Alabama, Florida State, Georgia, Notre Dame, Michigan and Duke,” Sparks said. “There have been a lot of schools that have told me that Terrell has an offer on the table and they would put it in writing after the season. This is a really small town and we have never had a guy get recruited to this magnitude so it has been pretty crazy around here. I have college coaches calling here everyday wanting to know about Terrell.”
Zachery was the only sophomore in the state of Alabama to be named to any kind of all-state team, but he was a unanimous ASWA and Birmingham News all-state selection. He also put up staggering statistics.
He caught 44 passes for 1,265 yards and 14 touchdowns for an average of 28.7 yards per catch. He also led the team in interceptions, tackles and took several punt and kick returns back for touchdowns.
So the question everyone wants to know is, who are his favorites?
“He grew up a big Alabama fan and has always wanted to play for them,” Sparks said. “Of course when it comes to something like this you want to look around and find the best place for you. I know that he thinks extremely highly of Georgia as well. Auburn is the first to offer and they are only an hour down the road so they are going to get a strong look too. I haven’t really asked him what his top five are or anything, but I imagine those three would be in there.
If you can believe it Terrell is a better person than he is a football player. He is real quiet and is always the ‘yes sir, no sir’ type of kid. A lot of guys getting all this interest at 16 years old would let it go to their head, but Terrell has stayed so humble about it all and it just makes him want to work harder.”