November 13, 2009

Hargrave offensive tackle shopping for right fit

It promises to be an awfully busy Christmas shopping season for Terrence Hackney.

The 6-foot-7, 320-pound offensive tackle from Hargrave (Va.) Military Academy is shopping for one thing -- a college home where he can land immediate playing time.

The first of several quick stops is this weekend when the Chapel Hill, N.C., native visits Marshall. Over the Thanksgiving break, Hackney has visits planned to Memphis and East Carolina. Virginia Tech and North Carolina are showing serious interest and have indicated offers could be forthcoming. Auburn and South Carolina are keeping in contact, though neither have offered.

All of those schools are still playing catch-up. Hackney, who is eligibe to sign in December and enroll at his school of choice in January, reiterated Thursday that he's still planning to visit Ole Miss officially on Dec. 4, and given his current plans to announce a college decision shortly after Hargrave's combine on Dec. 7, the Rebels appear to remain in pretty good shape for his signature.

"I feel the same way after talking to (Ole Miss) Coach (Houston) Nutt and (Ole Miss offensive line) Coach (Mike) Markuson some more," Hackney said. "They're telling me the things I want to hear. Early playing time is pretty much what I'm looking for. I'm not looking to necessarily start early, but I want to get playing time when I get there."

Hackney will turn his full-time attention to recruiting after Thursday's season finale against Fork Union.

"We're taking that extra serious," Hackney said. "I'm ready to go to work."

Hackney has kept an eye on Ole Miss. He noticed last week when former Hargrave five-star offensive tackle Bobby Massie drew his first collegiate start in a win over Northern Arizona. Massie appears to be in line for significant snaps this weekend when Ole Miss entertains Tennessee, and Hackney is watching Massie's progress closely.

"When I first got here, they said I like just like him," Hackney said. "They called me 'Little Massie.' After I got the offer, I talked to him and he was telling he how much he liked Ole Miss. We've stayed in contact. He said it's a nice, laid-back environment and he said he really liked it."

Asked if the hometown Tar Heels would be difficult to turn down if they offered, Hackney reflected for a few seconds.

"A part of me wants to stay home and a part of me wants to leave out," Hackney said. "Ole Miss is in the SEC and that's attractive. I don't know. I'm undecided, but I still lean to Ole Miss."

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