Smith-Williams Talks Pack Offer

Raleigh (NC) Millbrook linebacker James Smith-Williams participated in NC State's opening camp session where he impressed the Wolfpack coaches with his performance.

Raleigh (NC) Millbrook linebacker James Smith-Williams participated in NC State's opening camp session where he impressed the Wolfpack coaches with his performance.

"I measured in at 6-foot-4 and 208 pounds, and I ran the 40 in 4.53 seconds," said Smith-Williams. "I also had a 10'3 broad jump so I think I did pretty well. That was really the first combine where I got my numbers at."

He worked out at outside linebacker with defensive coordinator Dave Huxtable.

"Coach Huxtable, you can tell he's an intelligent guy," said Smith-Williams. "He's been in the field for a long time, and he taught me a lot of things in a short period of time. You can only imagine what he can teach me in four years. He knows what he's doing."

Smith-Williams picked up an offer from the Wolfpack this morning after driving over to campus.

"My head coach at Millbrook called me early this morning and said I needed to call the State coaches," said Smith-Williams. "I called coach Huxtable, and he said they wanted me to come back up this morning. I met with coach Doeren and that's when they offered me a scholarship.

"Coach Doeren is a great guy. He's so humble and you can tell he has a lot of values that he's trying to stress in his program."

What did the offer mean to Smith-Williams?

"It means a lot," he added. "It's a great feeling. It is a dream growing up for everyone to have the opportunity to play for their hometown school.

"I've been to State games before so I know what the environment is like there for football games. It's crazy at the games... I loved it."

Smith-Williams is camping at North Carolina today and holds offers from Elon, James Madison, and Wofford.

"My recruitment process is moving slowly," he said. "I plan on graduating early, but I wanted to wait until the end of my senior season to commit. I know I need to move that up a little and make an earlier decision. I will probably do it sometime in August."

Last year he totaled 70 tackles and 10 tackles for a loss. Smith-Williams is also a terrific student, as he has scored a 30 on the ACT and has an unweighted 3.9 GPA.

"I'm going to stay open for a little here until I start to sit down and make this decision," he stated. "But, I do like NC State a lot right now."


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