SIGNEE STATUS: Trowell Hopes To Impact

Maurice Trowell had a breakout senior season for Durham (NC) Southern, playing a key role in his team's state title run.

Wide receiver Maurice Trowell had a breakout senior season for Durham (NC) Southern, playing a key role in his team's state title run.

An AP All-State selection, Trowell caught an astounding 93 passes for 1,760 yards and 19 touchdowns as a senior... finishing the year with 2,190 all-purpose yards and 22 total touchdowns.

He saved perhaps his best performance for last, as he caught eight passes for 198 yards and two touchdowns in Southern's state title victory.

"It was a real close game," said Trowell. "We came out kind of flat, and they jumped on us 21-0. At halftime we came out as one unit. We made a big comeback and won the game."

Trowell's quarterback at Southern, Kendall Hinton, is a major priority for NC State in the 2015 recruiting class. As expected, Trowell is heavily recruiting Hinton to join him in Raleigh.

"I'm in his ear all the time," Trowell said, laughing. "We're definitely in his top teams. I'm hoping he comes with me. Kendall is so versatile. He's a pocket passer, but he can make plays with his legs too. I love playing with him."

One of NC State's initial PACK14 commitments, Trowell quickly committed after earning an offer at the Wolfpack's summer camp.

"He was very impressive in our camp [last] summer," NC State head coach Dave Doeren said of Trowell. "He came down and was a tremendous route runner. He was very competitive and is a little guy that plays big... he has a chip on his shoulder.

"He's a very good returner, and I'm excited about what he brings to our return game having lost Rashard [Smith], we need a guy that can help us there. He gives us the ability to have competition at that position once he gets here."

"It really wasn't a hard decision for me," said Trowell. "It's a great school, and I love the coaches. I feel like we have a great class coming in, and I hope we can start winning right away."

Trowell heads to NC State later in June to begin his college career.

"I can't wait," he said. "I want to get up there and start working out so I can be ready. The coaches, they are telling me that I need to be ready to compete for a starting job as soon as I get there. That's what I'm trying to do."

Joining him on campus will be close friend Jalan McClendon. One of the Wolfpack's top 2014 signees, McClendon started to build some chemistry with Trowell at the 2013 Shrine Bowl.

"We already have a connection playing together," said Trowell. "I'm ready to start working out more with him and building our chemistry."

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