Summer for a high school junior usually involves lots of sleep and time by the pool, but that is definitely not the case for Springfield’s Terrence Summers. As a 6’2”, 268 pound defensive tackle, Summers is on a mission to convince college coaches that he is worthy of scholarship offers. Even though Summers has yet to reach his goal of earning a scholarship offer, he has turned many heads on the camp circuit with his unbelievable strength and motor that never stops.
On Sunday, Summers made the short trip to Nashville to showcase his talents for Vanderbilt’s coaching staff. How did the driven defensive tackle believe he performed?
“It went great. I did not lose a single one on one. I also ran a 4.8 forty. After I ran my first forty, Coach (James) Franklin came over and talked to me. Then, he timed my next forty time himself. It was great,” said Summers.
Including Vanderbilt, a host of schools are interested in the strong defensive tackle. Summers said in addition to Vanderbilt, Auburn, Chattanooga, Duke, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, Southern Illinois, Syracuse, Tennessee, Tennessee State, UCLA, are all showing interest.
Out of all of those schools, Summers admits that three schools currently stick out.
“Vanderbilt, Kentucky, and Tennessee State are currently showing the most interest. I believe those schools are the closest to offering.”
While Vanderbilt has shown a lot of interest in Summers, the interest is mutual as he really likes what he has seen in the up and coming Vanderbilt program.
“I really like the direction of Vanderbilt’s program. Coach Franklin has done a great job. In the next few years, I believe Coach Franklin could be the top coach in the SEC. I like the new upgrades as well. It makes Vanderbilt very attractive. It is big-time SEC football, and it’s close to home,” said Summers.
“I really like Coach Spencer. He is always excited. He is always yelling and hype. I really like that.”
Summers has already starred at the VTO camp in Birmingham and the NIKE camp in Memphis with his quick feet and overall strength. He plans to camp at Louisville and Tennessee State in the near future.
Vanderbilt is in search of defensive tackles, and it will be interesting to see if Vanderbilt pulls the trigger and offers Summers a scholarship.