Pack in the Mix for JUCO Wide Receiver

NC State is making a run at junior college wide receiver Jaelen Strong. Pack Pride has the latest on his recruiting.

NC State doesn't hit the junior college ranks as much as some but almost every program goes that route from time to time.

The Wolfpack feel like they've got a shot with one of the top junior college prospects in the nation in Jaelen Strong, a 6-4, 200-pound wide receiver. Strong picked up an offer from NC State and he told Pack Pride recently it was his second offer since arriving at Pierce Community College in Woodland Hills, California, with the first coming from Arizona.

"I've talked on the phone to Jerry Petercuskie (NC State special team's coach and recruiting coordinator) a couple of times," Strong said.

There are plenty of other schools vying for Strong's attention. Miami, Nebraska, Arizona, Arizona State, Michigan State, Ole Miss, Texas Tech and Purdue are some of them and they've all offered. With so many suitors Strong has a difficult decision ahead.

"I do have a favorite," he admitted however. "It's Arizona State right now. They're just staying in touch with me a lot and treating me like family. I'm going to take all five officials this semester though so it might not stay like that."

While the Sun Devils are running in first everyone else is about even, Strong said.

"I know a lot about NC State," he added. "It's a really good program. I don't know if I'll end up committing there or somewhere else yet but I'd like to go out there."

Strong is cousins with running back David Williams. He hails from West Philadelphia High School.

Strong is reportedly on pace to arrive at his future college with four years to play three.


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