Recruiting the offensive line position will be a focus for the NC State coaching staff over the summer with an emphasis on the tackle spot. The Pack already has a commitment from Davie County lineman Cole Blankenship and will look to land two or three tackles headed forward if possible.
While Tyrone Crowder and Brandon Smith may have been the big name offensive linemen at the invitation-only Shrine Bowl workout, T.C. Roberson's Jeff DeLeon was impressive and served notice that he'll be one to watch over the summer.
At 6-4, 280 pounds, DeLeon looked fluid in drills and more than held his own in one on ones. Pack Pride was able to catch up with the rising senior after his performance.
"It took me a while to get warmed up but once I got the gist of everything it was like a regular practice to me," said DeLeon. "I couldn't really say that any of the defensive linemen jumped out at me. They were all pretty good."
On the recruiting side, East Carolina is DeLeon's lone offer. In addition to the Pirates, he's also hearing from a host of additional programs.
"I'm hearing the most from East Carolina at the moment because they're the one that has offered me. But I'm also hearing from UCLA, Duke, Clemson, Kentucky, Ball State, South Carolina, NC State and UNC.
"As for East Carolina, at the moment, I like their football program. I haven't seen much of their classes yet."
NC State is keeping a close eye on DeLeon and is likely hoping to get him into camp this summer. UNC may also fall into that category while Duke was able to land a favorable impression last summer.
"NC State's a big question mark for me as is UNC but Duke on the other hand, I went to their camp last year and fit right in with their players so that was nice to me."
DeLeon says academics will be the main factor in his college decision and he hopes to major in something related to Cinema. This summer he plans to camp at East Carolina, Clemson and Georgia Tech.
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