A tough choice awaits DT Nick Terry

Like many high school football recruits, defensive lineman Nick Terry (Elk Grove, Calif./Pleasant Grove) is finding that official visits can provide both clarity and confusion to the recruiting process. With visits to Nevada and Washington State concluded, and Boise State and Oregon State upcoming, the picture is still somewhat cloudy.

"It's actually made my decision a lot harder," Terry said of the visits. "I had a really good time at both of them. Washington State is trying to build the program back up and trying to get as many good athletes as they can. And with Nevada, I have a very good relationship with [defensive line] Coach [Barry] Sacks and I feel really comfortable over there."

With visits to Boise State on Nov. 2 and Oregon State at a later date -- plus a possible visit to Fresno State -- upcoming, Terry said he anticipates that feeling of comfort to extend to every campus and trip he takes, so he'll need to look deeper into his options.

"It will probably come down to the defense they run and the relationship I have with the defensive line coach," Terry said.

The 6-foot-4, 265-pound lineman said he is looking to play outside in a 4-3 alignment. That would seemingly eliminate the Cougars, but Terry said Washington State's 3-4 defense allows for an outside linebacker to step down into a 4-3 technique. He said that location won't play a role in choosing among his finalists either, as all four are out of state, but close enough to home and the West Coast. The final certainty for Terry is that he'd like to announce a decision at the end of his senior season.

"I definitely want to make a decision at the end of the season," he said. "We start playoffs in a couple of weeks, so it could be soon. I'd like to do it either at the last game or just at the end of the season."