Camp Wrap: Seven Offensive Standouts to Watch

Pack Pride breaks down seven offensive standouts from NC State's four one-day football camps. Marietta (GA) Lassiter wide receiver Charlie Hegedus headlines the list, as the rising senior landed an offer from the Wolfpack with a big-time camp performance.

Summer camps provide an opportunity for under-the-radar type prospects to prove their ability while affording college coaches a chance to discover a diamond in the rough. This was clearly the case for NC State as the Wolfpack landed commitments from four prospects in the past week that impressed enough at camp to earn a Pack offer.

That doesn't mean the Wolfpack is done, however. Pack Pride breaks down seven additional offensive prospects that fared well at NC State's camp and could be prospects to keep a close eye on in the months to come.

Senior wide receiver Kevin Jones (5-11 170 pounds) Middle Creek High School, Apex NC
Jones is a player that has been on the NC State radar for months and were it not for academics, would be one of the major prospects on the Wolfpack's recruiting board.

School work aside, Jones is a dynamic receiver. He's the prototypical slot receiver with cat-quick cuts and blazing speed. Jones timed in the 4.4's at NC State and showed that he's a reliable pass-catcher as well.

State is one of Jones' top schools but we think prep school or junior college is a likely destination for him in 2012.

Junior offensive guard/center Tyrone Crowder (6-1, 315 pounds) Richmond County High School, Rockingham NC
Crowder is not a player that will blow you away during testing. In fact, he timed in the 5.6 range in the 40-yard dash. However, strap on the pads and that's when Crowder's ability becomes evident. He has very good lateral movement, maintains good balance and avoids getting himself out of position.

In one-on-one drills, when he locked onto the defender it was game over. His lack of ideal height will be a cause for alarm with some schools but Crowder is a player. While we've only seen him at offensive lineman, it would be interesting to get a look at him at nose tackle.

We believe the Wolfpack has established itself as one of the key players in his recruitment early on.

Junior wide receiver Jalen McDaniel (6-1, 190 pounds) Jack Britt High School, Fayetteville NC
McDaniel and teammate M.J. Salahuddin were virtually inseparable during NC State's camp and it's obvious the two are very close. McDaniel prematurely committed to the Pack, following in the foot steps of his best friend before recanting a day later.

In any event, McDaniel is a very talented receiver with great ball skills, size and speed. We suspect he'll be one of North Carolina's best next year and an early, albeit premature commitment to the Wolfpack has to bode well for NC State.

Senior offensive lineman Freddie Burden (6-3, 280 pounds) Statesboro GA High School
Burden plays in a wing-T offense in high school so pass pro in a camp setting isn't likely to be one of his strong suits. And while admittedly Burden didn't possess much in the way of pass protection technique, he did show some natural ability that caught the eye of several NC State coaches. Burden showed good lateral movement, solid use of his hands and a fast motor.

He has the size to likely project at guard and could be a player offers depending on what potentially transpires with some other prospects. State made a very good impression on him and could be a major player for his commitment should they decide to offer.

Senior wide receiver Charlie Hegedus (6-2, 185 pounds) Lassiter High School, Marietta GA
As soon as Hegedus ripped off a 4.44-second 40-yard dash during testing, he had landed squarely in the Wolfpack cross hairs for the rest of the day. He then showed very good fundamentals during drills and impressive hands during one on ones. Hegedus is a precise route runner and his size tends to give him a physical advantage against smaller defensive backs.

The Pack had hoped for a commitment when Hegedus visited last weekend but it was not to be. He is one of the top prospects still remaining on State's receiver board. Hegedus comes from the heart of SEC country so any offer from one of that conference's schools could be a tough obstacle.

Junior quarterback Ryan Burns (6-4, 220 pounds) Stone Bridge High School, Ashburn VA
Burns is a player that we hope NC State will offer in the very near future. He reminded us of a young Chris Weinke with his size and throwing style.

Burns has a strong arm, runs extremely well and will be one of the most sought after players in Virginia in 2012. He already holds offers from Virginia, Boston College and Stanford and we suspect that's just the beginning.

We don't know where State stands currently but we do know he received quite a bit of attention from the Wolfpack coaches during camp. He'll definitely be one to keep in mind headed forward.

Junior quarterback Wilton Speight (6-5, 224 pounds) Collegiate School, Richmond VA
Speight has deep ties to the Wolfpack through his family and who would have ever thought the Collegiate School would produce two D-1 prospects with the Wolfpack as a major player for both.

Size-wise, Speight has the look of a bit time prospect and while he timed around 5.0 in the 40, he looked good doing it. He has good flexibility and with time, could likely get that number down in the 4.8 range. As a QB, Speight has a quirky motion that utilizes arm strength almost exclusively. He doesn't rotate his hips which hurts him with velocity.

However, we think this is a simple mechanical glitch that could be corrected with coaching. Even still, if quarterback proved not to be in the cards, we think Speight has the measurables to get a look at another position.


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