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College coaches salivate when they see big receivers who can run fast. That's why there had to be some serious slobbering going on at Tennessee's football camp earlier today.

At 6-6 and 195 pounds, Brandon Terry of Alpharetta (Ga.) High School definitely qualifies as a big receiver. And, with 4.3 speed over 40 yards, he definitely qualifies as a guy who can run fast. He's still a bit raw but some team willing to take a chance on him could hit a major jackpot. Perhaps, after watching him showcase his skills earlier today, the Big Orange will be that team.

Jason Dukes, head coach at Alpharetta, believes Terry has "a tremendous amount of upside" because he has never fully concentrated on football. As a starting center in basketball and a multi-event performer in track, he has devoted a lot of time in years past to other sports. As a result, he's still in his infancy as a football player.

"The main thing he needs is to become a little bit more polished receiver," Dukes said. "He's only been learning the techniques of the receiver position for about two or three years. Once he's been exposed to brilliant coaching at that position and he understands the techniques, he'll end up being a very, very good receiver."

Terry showed a fluid stride, good cutting ability and surprisingly soft hands in today's drill work. He needs work on separating from defensive backs but his combination of height and speed makes him a real challenge for a 5-10 cornerback to cover.

"He uses his size very well," Dukes said. "He does a good job of using his body to shield defenders but he needs to continue developing his ability to high-point the ball and out-jump defenders. He's a lot bigger than the high school players he faces, so he just puts his hands up and catches the ball instead of jumping. At the next level he'll face defensive backs who have pretty good size, too, so that's something he needs to work on."

The coach describes Terry as "a state championship-caliber track athlete" who competes in the 400 meters (49.3 seconds), long jump (23 feet, 3 inches), the 200 meters, the 4x100 and 4x400 relays.

"His track background, combined with basketball, has made him a well-rounded, smooth athlete," Dukes noted.

He's also a well-rounded young man.

"He's extremely intelligent," Dukes said. "He's right around a 3.6 (grade-point average) academically and he's extremely dependable, too. Any coach would love to have him."

Especially a coach like Lane Kiffin, whose quick-passing attack is geared toward big receivers who can run fast.

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