Summers Wants A Victory

SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- Greensboro (NC) Page quarterback James Summers has shifted his focus from winning a state title to winning the Shrine Bowl.

Greensboro (NC) Page quarterback James Summers has shifted his focus from helping his high school team to winning the Shrine Bowl and making new friends.

"It's been different," he said. "A different schedule and everything is on a time limit. There is not a lot of time to sit around and get to know everybody... plus curfew is at 11. It's hard meeting up with everyone, but we've been handling it."

Summers admits that things have slowed down for him since winning the state 4A title. He came into his senior season stating that was his goal, and he put together a string of impressive performances to lead the Pirates to the title.

"I'm satisfied," said Summers. "I needed to get that done in my senior year and that's what I did. I'm satisfied now.

"I just want to come out here and have fun. I've got the state championship, and now I'm trying to get a Shrine Bowl win for N.C."

Summers, who committed to NC State back in the spring after considering offers from programs such as North Carolina and Clemson, says it didn't take long to hear from the Wolfpack coaches after he captured the title.

"With State, it's all love," he said. "They sent me a letter almost right away... all the coaches had signed it. That felt real good. Like I say, it was all love from State, but I expected that from them."

Summers has been working in Spartanburg under Crest head coach Mark Barnes, who is coaching the quarterbacks while serving as head coach for the North Carolina squad. What has that been like?

"It's been great," said Summers. "He doesn't want us to change what we've done. He has plays for all of us that fit what we can do. He has packages that fit me that will help us win."

And the goal is to win. According to Summers, his team will do whatever it take.

"We're trying to win, anyway we can get it," he said. "I want to do that and have fun with my teammates."

In January he will be taking his official visit to NC State, and then he will spend more time with the coaches and players. When he committed, the Wolfpack coaches discussed him potentially playing another position, but he now says the Pack wants him to come in and sling the ball around at quarterback.

"I won't say I've proven myself, but I think I showed them what I can do," said Summers. "I still have some work to do, but I think it's at a point where I've showed them that I have what it takes to play quarterback."

He will have another chance to show that on Saturday.

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