James Summers took his official visit to NC State over the weekend and it was a good opportunity for him to connect with some old friends.
This is the time of year when prospects who haven't made their decisions take their official visits to find out just how they would get along with the players and coaches at each school on their respective lists.
Summers, a 6-2, 196-pound quarterback from Greensboro (NC) Page, had a much more laid back experience in Raleigh over the weekend. Summers is a rock solid verbal commitment for the Pack and has been since April of last year. He hasn't thought twice about his choice and that has allowed him to enjoy his final year of high school without any distractions.
During his time at NC State over the weekend he had a chance to meet with the coaches, some players he already new, and some he hadn't met yet.
"I got to hang out with Quintin (Payton), Tony Creecy and Rickey (Dowdy)," Summers told Pack Pride early this week. "I met a lot of the players. I can't even remember all of them.
"Of course, I've been around there a lot so it was really the same old thing for me. It was a nice trip, a very nice trip. I felt at home and that's a good feeling. The best part was just talking to all the coaches and hearing them talk about how they see us coming in next year."
Though Summers is an impressive athlete, the Wolfpack plans on keeping him at quarterback and allowing him to compete for time at the position down the road. He won't be asked to step in immediately, so the time to develop as a freshman, perhaps even during a redshirt year, should be very helpful.
"They definitely want me to play quarterback," he said. "I see myself fitting in very well there. They do a lot of the same things we do at Page. I mean, they might not have me do as much running but a lot of the stuff is similar."
Though his senior season is behind him and Summers won't be enrolling at NC State for a while he does plan on doing everything he can to prepare so he's ready to step in and compete right away.
"I'm just staying focused on what I do and putting my mind to everything I do from now on. I'm going to get in the habit of studying more so I can be ready to study the playbook when I get up there."
The three-star prospect is ranked the No. 29 quarterback in the nation by Scout. Pack Pride rated him as the No. 10 player in North Carolina. As a senior Summers completed 93 of 188 passes for 1,506 yards and 20 touchdowns. He rushed 185 times for 1631 yards and 22 scores. He led Page to a state title in 2011 and was runner up for AP state player of the year.
Summers Connects With Old Friends
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