Manny Stocker isn't lacking in confidence but he's also not afraid to make an honest appraisal of where he's at as a quarterback.
The 6-3, 200-pound prospect from Coatesville, Pennsylvania is a dual-threat but takes pride in the fact that he has a solid arm. His senior season is about to begin and Stocker is poised to put up big numbers as one of Pennsylvania's top quarterbacks from the Class of 2012.
"My team is coming along well," Stocker said. "We've got a couple of things we need to work on. We had our first scrimmage (Saturday) and I think we're looking good. There's always a lot to work on though. We've got a lot of seniors returning and I think our line will be improved."
Stocker's summer decision to run with the Pack has allowed him to focus on his own skill development for the past month and a half without any distractions.
"There's always room for improvement no matter how good you are," Stocker explained. "For me the big thing has been pinpointing consistency. I'm very accurate and I have a big arm but the thing is just keeping that consistent. Every play has to be that way."
Coatesville's pro-style offense is somewhat similar to NC State's, so the transition from high school to college should be smoother for Stocker than it might be for some other quarterbacks.
"That was definitely a big factor for me," he recalled. "The pro-style offense was one of the main reasons I chose NC State."
Of course, Stocker isn't the only quarterback that has verbally committed to the Wolfpack. A.J. Doyle and James Summers both play quarterback on the prep level but could very well end up at different positions in college. Regardless, Stocker says that isn't an issue for him because he's comfortable with where he'll fit in once he arrives at NC State.
"I'm okay with that," he said. "They've actually discussed the situation with me and talked to me about why they have three quarterbacks and what they plan on doing in the future. I trust NC State with my decision so it's not a big deal."
That trust was another big reason Stocker chose the Pack.
"They speak to you well and they communicate with you," he said.
Stocker was actually in Raleigh over the weekend for the Pack's scrimmage on Sunday. He said it was good to get in town and interact with the players, coaches and some of the other recruits that were around.
"There were a bunch of other recruits down here. I know there was James Summers, Khadree Hooker, a lot of receivers and a couple of corners," he said. "I talked to the coaches all the time. I was just over at the sideline listening to plays and how they operate, so I got a good idea for how it will be."
Stocker is rated the No. 62 QB in the nation by Scout.
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