Under Armour All-American A.J. Terrell: Hard work pays off

Atlanta Westlake defensive back A.J. Terrell recalls getting up early on Saturday mornings and getting a workout in with his dad before “College GameDay.” Anything to get ahead, to get a little extra edge.

That hard work has certainly paid off.

Terrell was honored Friday at his school as part of the Under Armour All-America Game Selection Tour presented by American Family Insurance.

“It makes me feel great,” Terrell said. “I believe I set a great example just with who I am and how to be great. I try to be a good role model to everyone at this school, and show my little brother how blessed I am and that hard work pays off.”

Considered one of the nation’s top cornerbacks, Terrell will see the fruits of his labor at the Under Armour All-America Game in Orlando on Jan. 1 against some of the top players in the country.

A.J Terrell (Photo: Intersport)

A.J Terrell presented his dad, Aundell Terrell Sr., with the Dream Champion Award. (Photo: Intersport)

“I want to compete against everybody, but I want to have fun,” he said. “Not too many people get this opportunity and I’m blessed to have it.”

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Terrell, who committed last month to Clemson, is ready to join Dabo Swinney’s team and make an impact right away.

“I’m excited about the defense, first of all,” Terrell said. “I like the team and the defense is always great. I can come in and make a huge impact.”

And what should Clemson fans expect from Terrell in years to come? In short, a guy who knows how to work.

“I respect the game and do what I’m supposed to do. I don’t ever complain; I just do it,” Terrell said. “I’ve been working since I was little, putting in work everyday with my dad, even early mornings, and that has all paid off.”