Summers: 'That's Where I Wanted To Go'

Greensboro (NC) Page standout James Summers was adding offers, but he already knew where he wanted to go to college.

Greensboro (NC) Page quarterback James Summers was adding offers, but he already knew where he wanted to go to college.

"As the days and weeks went by I was starting to get more looks and more scholarships, but I was stuck on State," said Summers. "I've liked State since the eighth grade, and it felt like home from the first time I went up for a visit.

"I knew that's where I wanted to go. Recruiting is a little stressful, and I was ready to put it behind me especially since I knew where I wanted to be."

With scholarship offers on the table from NC State, North Carolina, East Carolina, and Clemson, Summers called the Wolfpack coaches and committed last Wednesday night.

"I think they thought I was just calling to let them know I would be going to the spring game, but I told them at the same time that I wanted to be a part of the Pack," said Summers. "They were real excited about it... sounded real happy. I think they were waiting on me to commit, they probably knew I was going to go there.

"I got to talk to coach O'Brien too. He said he was very excited about it and that he was all pumped up. Coach just told me that he had been waiting on that phone call. He said it had been a long day and that made it a great day for him."

What did Summers like about NC State?

"I think it's a good fit for me," he said. "I've talked with my family about it and they all feel like it's the best place for me. I know I can go in there and play, but it's a place where I want to be for four years and get my degree from."

In Summers, NC State has landed one of the top athletes in the state. As a junior, the talented signal-caller led Page to a 10-3 record, accounting for 2,890 yards of total offense and 36 touchdowns (21 passing, 16 rushing). Because of his size and athleticism, he could likely play other positions in college, but as of now he is being recruited to play quarterback.

"The plan for now is to me to play quarterback," he said. "That's what I'm going to go in to State as and then we'll go from there. If I can get on the field quicker at wide receiver, I'll play there because they want me to have the ball in my hands.

"I plan on going to camp at State and showing all the coaches what I can do at quarterback."

Quarterback as of right now, that's what I'm going to be," said Summers. "I plan on going to camp and working out with coach Bible. I feel like I make great decisions, and I think I have a strong arm. I'm athletic, and I believe I can play in either the spread or a pro-style offense."

Summers was in Raleigh this weekend for the Kay Yow Spring Game, his first trip to NC State as a committed recruit. He added that a big reason for making an early decision is so that he can help the Wolfpack land other top recruits.

"I liked the game a lot," said Summers. "The fans still came out and supported, even with the rain and weather as bad as it was supposed to be. I felt real happy there, seeing all the fans and former players.

"I also got another chance to talk with the coaches like coach O'Brien, coach Reed, and coach Bible. That was cool, spending some time with them."

"I talked to some of the other recruits who were there," Summers added. "K'Hadree Hooker, I spent a lot of time talking to him. He congratulated me about my commitment and everything."

Summers, who is just 16 and won't turn 17 until June 12th, is already 6-foot-3 and 200 pounds. He says that his doctor has informed him that his growth plates are still open and he is still growing.

"My doctor said I've probably got another couple of inches to go," said Summers. "My body has started to fill out more now too. I'm just 16 and I know I can get bigger, so I've been trying to take care of my body because last year I had a lot of aches and pains as I was growing. Now I'm taking conditioning more serious... hitting the weights hard, taking ice baths after working out, things like that."

This could be a big year for Summers and Page High School. The Pirates return 17 starters and with Summers leading the way they should contend for the state 4A Title.

"I think this is our year to win the state championship," said Summers. "I can't wait. We've got about everybody back, and we made a deep run last year before losing to Butler. We've got a good shot to win it all."

Below are highlights of Summers from his junior season. The footage is provided by Jason Pughe and

Video Courtesy Of Athlete Vault

Pack Pride Top Stories