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Posted at 9:25 PM ET, 01/31/2011

Osbourn's Dominique Terrell Ponders Miami, U.Va., WVU

By Preston Williams

During his recruiting visit to the University of Miami this past weekend, Osbourn All-Met Dominique Terrell joked on his Facebook page that "Im not comin bac to va."

His mom, Tina, said to not necessarily read too much into that statement. It's true that Miami is one of Terrell's three finalists, with West Virginia and Virginia, but the warm weather in Miami, compared with the snow and cold back home in Manassas, might have prompted the South
Florida-or-bust observation.

Terrell will make his college announcement at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at Old Towne Sports Pub in Manassas.

"All three are win-win," Osbourn Coach Steve Schultze said Tuesday morning. "You have to go with your gut instinct. If you want to be close, it's Charlottesville. If you want more touches, it's probably West Virginia. If you want to go big-time, Miami is probably an appealing thing," he said, referring to the string of NFL players that the Hurricanes have produced.

"I think he knows what [school] it's going to be, but he won't even tell me or his dad," Tina Terrell said. "And it's [irritating] his father," she added with a laugh.

Although Virginia or West Virginia would be much closer to home, Terrell said she does not think living far from home in Miami would be a concern for her son because of his independent streak.

The visit to Miami certainly went well, and first-year Miami Coach Al Golden would provide a back-home lifeline of sorts. He was defensive coordinator at U.Va. before serving as head coach at Temple the past five years.

The 5-foot-10, 165-pound Terrell, who most likely projects as a scatback, receiver or defensive back in college, carried 275 times for 2,070 yards and 30 touchdowns and threw for 1,419 yards and 15 TDs for Osbourn (12-1) last fall.

Two other Osbourn players will sign Wednesday -- lineman Marcus Matthews (Miami of Ohio) and receiver-defensive back Timmy Keith (Western Michigan). But Terrell's is the only signing that will take place at the restaurant, where they serve local high school-themed fare such as Osbourn Eagle wings.

"It seemed like a nice to place to do it," Terrell's mom, Tina, said Tuesday morning after making her first visit to the establishment Monday night.

Dominique Terrell will be in exams, rescheduled from last week, Wednesday morning before heading to the restaurant to announce his decision.

"I am so glad the process is over and he can put it behind him and enjoy his senior year," Tina Terrell said. "It was stressful. It was tedious. Everybody has their own opinion and I just wanted him to make the decision he thought was best for him. That's a lot of pressure on an 18-year-old kid."


By Preston Williams  | January 31, 2011; 9:25 PM ET
Categories:  Dominique Terrell, Osbourn  
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