National Signing Day 2011: Will Miami Steal Dominique Terrell From Cavaliers?

Ben GibsonSenior Analyst IJanuary 31, 2011

Signing day may be on Wednesday, but one of the biggest ACC targets appears to be ready to announce a day earlier according to reports.

Dominique Terrell, a four-star recruit from Manassas, Virginia, will apparently make his decision known on Tuesday.  Two teams that will be waiting with bated breath are two Coastal rivals, the Miami Hurricanes and the Virginia Cavaliers.

Throughout the process, Virginia appeared to be the front-runners.  So much so that David Teel of the Daily Press said there was a 90-95 percent chance that the star athlete was coming to Charlottesville.

That was before last weekend's trip to Coral Gables.

Reports have surfaced that Terrell had an amazing recruiting trip and now what appeared to be a formality, has opened the door to a last minute change of heart.

Whatever his decision, this could certainly impact the recruiting profiles of both programs.

Certainly Miami has a historic program and their recruiting classes are supposed to dwarf a team like Virginia's.  However, if new Miami coach Al Golden can so easily pluck away a target the Cavaliers had been focusing on for so long, that says something rather significant.

It also has to add a bit of fuel to the fire for Virginia fans that Golden was a two-time assistant with the Cavaliers.

Indeed, coaching changes typically make recruits shy away, but it only seemed to make Terrell more interested in the Hurricanes. 

However, Terrell knows that Virginia has a great deal to offer too.

The Cavaliers are in the midst of trying to rebuild a sagging program.  Coach London has done a terrific job cultivating in-state talent and those prospects have certainly made it known that they want Terrell to be part of the group.

When Terrell arrived in Charlottesville for his official visit, he came with not only with other big names like Curtis Grant and Darius Jennings.  He also saw current commitments and Cavalier legends Chris Long and Tiki Barber.

Virginia is pulling out all the stops because they know what a signing like Terrell would mean for them.  A chance to change the culture and the perception of Cavalier football in the Commonwealth.

Virginia's recruiting class is very good, but a signing like Terrell or Grant could make it spectacular.

Does Terrell want to be part of a new era in Cavalier football or has this past weekend convinced him that he can help bring "The U" back to national glory?

Fortunately for football fans, we will soon know.