Pickens County's Steele signs with Southwest Mississippi
Wed. March 27, 2013 at 12:34 a.m. | By Andrew Carroll
Terrien Steele (52) made 111 tackles, including 24 for loss and eight sacks, for Pickens County last season. He will play next season at Southwest Mississippi Community College. (Photo by Michelle Lepianka Carter)
REFORM | Terrien Steele, a two-sport athlete at Pickens County High School, will concentrate on football in college.
Steele, who played four seasons of varsity football as an offensive and defensive lineman, recently signed with Southwest Mississippi Community College in Summit. The 6-foot-3, 285-pound Steele also played on two AHSAA Class 1A championship basketball teams.
"It was great for me and my family because I’ve been waiting for an opportunity," Steele said. "Ever since I was a little kid playing pee-wee football I thought about signing and going to college and just trying to make it.
"They really wanted me at defensive tackle. That’s really where I wanted to play, so I’m going to play defensive tackle."
Steele admitted that he was disappointed when signing day came and went in February. Regulations imposed on Mississippi junior colleges limited the number of out-of-state signees.
"I did get down, but the (Southwest Mississippi) coaches kept on calling and telling me that something’s going to work out for me, and it finally came through," Steele said. "I was excited for my family and for me to get a free education and go to college.
"I learned that you shouldn’t take anything for granted and that anything can be taken from you, and you should be appreciative of what you have."
Pickens County coach Patrick Plott said Steele made 111 tackles his senior season with eight sacks and 24 tackles for loss. He also forced four fumbles.
"I’m very excited for him, and I think it’s a great opportunity for him to continue his football career," Plott said. "I expect him to go over to Southwest and do good things for them and move on from there in two years and play for a D-I school.
"They’re looking for him to come in and play defensive tackle for them. They’re looking for a guy that’s going to come in and play immediately."
Plott said one of Steele’s main assets is his quickness at the snap of the ball.
"He does a good job with his hands, and when the quarterback is dropping back to pass, his eyes light up because he loves getting sacks," Plott said. "He played left tackle for us (on offense). He did a good job of protecting our quarterback’s blind side the two years I’ve been here.
"Terrien was a leader for us on the field and off the field, as well. He did a lot for this program."
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