McKever Talks Commitment

Tabor City (NC) South Columbus athlete Pharoah McKever knew a lot about NC State before attending their camp last Friday.

Tabor City (NC) South Columbus athlete Pharoah McKever knew a lot about NC State before attending their camp last Friday.

"They've been recruiting me for a while now," said McKever. "It's been coach Petercuskie. We have a great relationship... he's real cool. When we're around each other we talk a lot about football but other things too."

Wolfpack recruiting coordinator Jerry Petercuskie is handling McKever's recruitment and asked the talented prospect to attend State's camp so the coaches could further evaluate him.

At 6-foot-6 and 208 pounds, he plays quarterback for South Columbus and has amassed a 20-5 record as a starter. A two-time All-Waccamaw Conference selection, McKever threw for 1,267 yards and 14 touchdowns on 86-of-137 passes (63.7-percent) and rushed for 11 additional scores last season.

However, the Wolfpack wanted to watch him work out at another position.

"The coaches want me to play wide receiver, so that's what I did at their camp," McKever said. "Camp was good. I liked it a lot. They had me doing wide receiver drills, and it was my first time doing those. I like competing... we competed the whole time I was there."

NC State extended McKever a scholarship shortly after camp.

"It's my first offer," he said. "Hard work pays off... it felt good getting the offer."

McKever says he felt like he was ready to commit as soon as the Wolfpack offered the scholarship.

"Well, I had to talk to my coach and mom first, but after I did that I verbally committed to NC State. I wanted to go ahead and make a decision because I like them and I wanted to have it done in case I got injured.

"I've been up there a lot, and I love the atmosphere. I feel like home when I'm at NC State... there are some good people there."

How did the coaches react to his decision?

"I told coach O'Brien and he seemed happy about it," said McKever. "He was saying it was great to have me as a member of the Wolfpack team, and he was hoping I would come up there."

McKever says he will continue to attend camps this summer, despite the commitment to NC State.

"I've been to NC State and Duke, and I plan on going to App. State this Sunday," he stated. "I've got some more camps in July like Auburn and Georgia Tech... maybe Clemson."

"I think a lot of those schools just want to see what I can do. Most of them are recruiting me as a tight end because they haven't seen me run.

"I have given a commitment to NC State though. I'll be going back up there soon... definitely for some games this year."

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