The Landers family has yet another reason to celebrate. Terrance Landers, a combination receiver and defensive back, has verbally committed to play football at Bowling Green State University.
Landers chose football over basketball. He’ll be a three-year starter at Dunbar in hoop this coming season and helped the Wolverines reach the Division II state final four as a junior.
A fleet 6 feet 4 and 200 pounds, Landers is the cousin of Wayne products and brothers Robert and Trey Landers. Robert is a freshman defensive lineman at Ohio State and likely will be redshirted this season. Trey is a 6-4 senior and one of two returning starters from Wayne’s D-I state championship boys basketball team. He’s verbally committed to play basketball at Dayton.
“They’be got a lot of talent in that family,” Dunbar football coach Darran Powell said. “There’s a lot of little brothers coming up, too.”
Landers’ recruiting stock soared after he visited several summer camps, including OSU and Michigan State. Coaches liked his speed, catching ability, willingness to block and size.
MSU, West Virginia, Pittsburgh, Iowa and Purdue reportedly made offers to Landers, among others. A chance to play as a freshman at BG was the difference-maker.
“He has a chance to play right off the bat so he jumped on it,” Powell said. “He has the ability to get behind DB’s and stretch out of the field. That’s just one great thing about him.”
Landers has missed two games this season but still leads the Wolverines with 30 catches for 588 yards (19.6 average) and seven touchdowns.
In his Dunbar career he has 84 receptions for 1,993 yards and TD scores. He was the City League offensive MVP, first team All-Area and honorable mention All-Ohio as a junior in football.
“It’s very exciting,” Powell said. “I told him he could come out of our program playing (college) football or basketball and he definitely did that.”
Previously committed to play football at BG was Springboro senior quarterback Elijah Cunningham.
Dunbar (4-5) plays Belmont (7-1) at 8:30 p.m. in Saturday’s regular-season final game at Welcome Stadium. The football regular signing period for seniors is Feb. 3-10. The basketball early signing period is Nov. 11-18.
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