Seckinger Enjoys Visit

Charleston (SC) Porter-Gaud wide receiver Stanton Seckinger is having an outstanding senior season as he has led his team to a 7-0 start in 2010.

Charleston (SC) Porter-Gaud wide receiver Stanton Seckinger is having an outstanding senior season as he has led his team to a 7-0 start in 2010.

"We're playing well," said Seckinger. "We're undefeated and I think I'm making a lot of plays. I don't know my stats exactly, but I know I have 15 touchdowns and at the last game the PA announcer said that I passed 1,000 receiving yards in that game."

Porter-Gaud, a small prep/private school in Charleston, plays in one of the smallest classifications in South Carolina, and the competition isn't considered to be the best the state has to offer. Seckinger believes that despite his numbers, and his 6-foot-5, 200-pound frame, colleges have shied away from heavily recruiting him due to the level of competition.

"I'm not too surprised by it," he said. "I kind of expected the under-the-radar recruiting process because of the school I'm at, but my name is starting to get out there a little bit. Another thing that hurt me is I didn't go to any of the Scout combines or events like that so my name didn't make it out there. I just sent out some film and went to a few college camps, events to get my name out there. I've got my recruiting attention that way because I think I've had to be seen some, probably because of the competition we play."

Seckinger now holds offers from NC State, Memphis, and Furman, and Clemson has extended a greyshirt offer. He is also receiving heavy interest from Duke, South Carolina, and Vanderbilt.

Over the weekend he visited the Wolfpack with his family. What did he think of the trip?

"It went really good," said Seckinger. "I went up for a game visit, and it was my first time going to NC State for a game. It was a good experience, a good atmosphere for a noon game and fall break.

"To me what stood out was the team and their offense. I think they have a strong team. They started the opening drive, and I don't think they ran it once, which to a receiver is pretty impressive. They pass it around 40 or 50 times a game so obviously NC State's offense is extremely intriguing."

Before leaving Raleigh Seckinger had a chance to talk with the Wolfpack coaches, including offensive coordinator/wide receivers coach Dana Bible.

"They treated me like I was a priority at NC State, and I liked that," he said. "The coaches say that I'm one of the top guys on their recruiting board. That was really nice, and I appreciate that. After looking at their commitments and the current team, it looks to me like there aren't many young, big wide receivers on the team right now so that's a big draw for me. As far as playing quickly, the chance is there for me to come in and play.

"I got to sit down with coach Bible, and he was saying he likes throwing the ball a lot, about fifty balls a game. He said they like having big receivers like me that they can throw it deep down the field to, and that's why they need more big receivers, for deep balls. They like to let a big guy go get it. That was neat being able to sit down with him and hear him say he wants me and that I'm a great fit for their offense."

Seckinger has now attended games at Clemson (vs. Miami), South Carolina (vs. Georgia), Duke (vs. Army), and NC State (vs. Boston College). Vanderbilt is trying to get him on campus for a game, and Duke is looking to schedule an official visit. As it stands now, three programs have his attention.

"I would say the tops are NC State and Clemson," said Seckinger. "I'm interested in South Carolina too. They haven't put an official offer out there, but I've talked with coach Spurrier some. I haven't talked with him in a couple of weeks so I'm not totally sure what's going on there though."

What does Seckinger like about those three schools?

NC State: "The facilities are great and the coaches are great. I've been up there twice now, and they've really made me feel at home. Their coaching staff has a family feel to it which I like, and as far as playing time, I think I could play the earliest there."

South Carolina: "Playing for coach Spurrier, an unbelievable coach, would be something that's really cool. They play in the SEC, which is awesome, and they always have a good team. It's nice to be coached by a great coach and being on one of the best teams. I also have a couple of friends there."

Clemson: "I love the coaching staff and campus, and I have friends there. I just like the whole feel at Clemson, and I like how their coaching staff has that family feel too. I don't know what playing time would be like, but I wouldn't back down from a challenge."

Out of his favorites Seckinger holds an offer from NC State and an offer to greyshirt at Clemson. If Seckinger chooses to greyshirt at Clemson he would sign in February with the Tigers but not enroll until next January unless a scholarship opened up in the summer. Seckinger admits that he has his doubts about electing to go the greyshirt route.

"It's a big deal for me because that is five or six months I would be sitting out while everyone else is lifting with the team and strength coaches and getting better," he stated. "I'd have to sit out for five or six months by myself, and I wouldn't be able to experience the intensity or camaraderie with the team.

"I don't think that would necessarily be the best for anybody so it's something that kind of bothers me and it does play a factor. I know I would be just on the scout team or something like that, but even doing that would help me improve as a football player, going against Division I defensive backs every week."

"However, I'm a firm believer in redshirting so unless I went somewhere that I had to play right away I would be fine with redshirting," Seckinger added. "I would spend my first year getting bigger, stronger as a redshirt."

Seckinger isn't sure when he will choose a school, but he says that once he commits to a program his decision will be final.

"Right now I can't really say when I will commit," he stated. "I just got back from NC State, and I haven't had a chance to talk with my parents or coaches about it. We got in [on Sunday] and I had to turn right around and head out to a team function so I still need to talk to my parents.

"I'm not in a rush to make a decision, but it could be soon or it could be later. I'm waiting on that gut feeling... that feeling that I know where I want to go. I'm not going to verbally commit until I'm 100% because once I do tell a school that I'm committing there won't be any turning back for me. My decision will be final."

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