Brooks set to qualify

Raymond Brooks is set to be in Raleigh in early July. According to the outstanding defensive end, it's just a matter of maintaining his current GPA and graduating from Williamsport (PA) High to be full qualifier.

Wolfpack signee Raymond Brooks made the trip down to see the Red-White spring game with future teammate Marcus Stone. He came away impressed, especially with the mêlée on the goal line between the defense and the offense that ended the game.

"The game was good. Especially the way it ended with the fight they had. The offensive line had not protected the running back and he was roughed up for most of the day. Something happened down on the goal line and the two linemen got into a fight. It was real until the end when everyone started jumping in. It was pretty cool."

Besides the legendary rumble in Carter-Finley, Brook's trip also got him closer to current members of the NC State football team.

"It was great to see the players I will be with this summer, like Freddie Aughtry-Lindsay." Freddie was also Raymond's host during his fall recruiting visit.

Raymond is on course to not only graduate this spring but also to be a full qualifier for NC State when he reaches campus in July.

"I have over a 2.5 core GPA and I have scored enough already on the SAT. All I have to do is keep my grades up and I am in. I am going down there in early July."

Brooks has taken his off-season conditioning very serious, preparing for his future in Raleigh as a defensive lineman.

"I am doing the NC State work-out. My head coach is helping me with it. I have gained some weight. I guess it's from the work-outs. When I went down to the spring game, they weighed me at 260 pounds. I'm at 265 now."

Brooks is not sure who his roommate will be. Williamsport High teammate Darrell Blackman and Raymond have talked in the past about rooming together, but that may not happen this year.

"I would like to room with Darrell, but he needs to get a higher score on his SAT. I don't know who I will be rooming with if that does not happen."

Raymond should receive early playing time along the defensive line. Coach Amato has said he is concerned about the lack of depth this year's team will have up front.

"I should have an opportunity to play my freshman year. They need players at my position. That's part of the reason I chose to go there. The chance to play early was there. That and the fact the players and coaches make me feel like I am home."

Brooks is yet another big fast lineman coming to NC State this year. In an interview last fall, Williamsport head coach Steve Radocaj described what type of player NC State would be getting.

"Raymond has unbelievable speed for his size. He can run the 40 in the 4.5 range and he's just an impressive looking kid. He (Brooks) has returned two kicks 90 plus yards for touchdowns this year. He's a great lead blocker and he just scares people. You see him in pads and your jaw drops. I think Raymond will be a defender in college. He can play a defensive end or a linebacker with his speed."

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