COLLEGE STATION, Texas - The next big prospect at Lufkin (Texas) High School looks to come in the form of 2008 cornerback Darrius Terry.
The 6-foot, 180-pounder attended the State 7-on-7 Championship this weekend and Friday, even though his team lost two of the three games, showed why he's going to be a very heavily recruited defensive back within the next year or two.
"I'm just waiting to see what my options are," Terry said about recruiting. "It's a little early to start thinking too much about it. The guys around here that are getting recruited have been pretty quiet about it. We're pretty focused on the season."
As well his team should be. The Lufkin team, who fell short by one game last year of making it to the state title, is one of the heavy favorites to take it home this season. Terry along with a group of talented seniors could feel what it's like winning the title early in his career.
Even though 7-on-7 hasn't gone the way he'd like, Terry says there are a lot of things he as a player and his team can learn from this.
"We've got to get the team attitude up out there," Terry said. "We tried to come back at the end of our first game and came up short."
Terry, like many prospects in the Lone Star state, grew up watching an in-state program. For him, it was Texas.
"I grew up watching Texas and that would kind of be the team I have been rooting for," Terry said. "I haven't had any letters yet, but when that comes, I'm hoping to hear from them."
Terry says as he goes into his junior season, he's looking to "set records" at Lufkin. Winning the state championship wouldn't be so bad either.
"We're tired of getting beat in the semi-finals," he said. "I'm feeling this team and what we can do out there. It's in our head that we're favored. We know what everyone thinks."
As good as Terry is, don't look for him to brag about anything.
"I'm kind of average right now in my mind," he said. "I'm just trying to get better. My footwork needs a lot of work before I get to the next level. I want my speed to go up as well."