NC State recently concluded its 2014 camp schedule and that resulted in scholarship offers to a host of prospects. Pack Pride takes a look back and gives an in-depth breakdown of 10 players that impressed the most during their time in Raleigh.
WR Cornell Powell: He's tracking as one of the top players in his
class and only solidified his reputation at camp. A muscular 6-2,
190 pounds, Powell ripped off a 4.45 40 and was dominant during
one-on-ones. The corners on his side really just couldn't stay
with him. He runs crisp routes, plucks the ball out of the
air, and has the strength to win contested battles (when there were
some). Wideouts coach Fris Jackson spent a lot of time
coaching Powell, who already holds offers from NC State and several
other high-major programs. He informed us that NC State is
currently recruiting him the hardest, and he has a good relationship
with high school teammate Kentavius Street.
DB LaVert Hill: He didn't arrive with a lot of hype or buzz, but
Hill was probably the top defensive back to camp at NC State this
summer. He was unreal in one-on-ones, either picking off a
pass or forcing an incompletion on nearly every rep. The State
coaches (Frisman Jackson, Clayton White, and George Barlow) were
raving about Hill during reps. He has great feet and showed
very, very good ball skills. Hill, who has a brother that
plays for Michigan, added offers from UNC. NC State, and Miami last
week. More are sure to follow for the 2016 prospect.
QB Jawon Pass: Regarded as arguably the top dual-threat passer in
the 2016 class, Pass showed why during camp. His 40-time
wasn't the greatest (4.95), but his skill-set was obvious during
quarterbacok drills and one-on-ones. Big-time arm, accurate, great
footwork, and a smooth release. He's a no-brainer and will be a
OL Harrison Gee: Another 2016 recruit with an early offer, the
Burlington (NC) Williams OG/C was arguably the top lineman at
camp. He was outstanding, and it was obvious that the staff
holds him in high regard. The son of former Wolfpack lineman
Mike Gee, Harrison is already nearly 6-foot-4 and 260 pounds and
carries his weight extremely well. Technically, he's really
good and has very good feet. All he needs to do is continue to
add strength, something that will happen over his next two years in
high school. Expect him to be a top priority for the Wolfpack.
DT Michael Onwenu: Michael Onwenu was really impressive and arguably
the top defensive lineman to participate in camp. A burly
defensive tackle with quick feet and explosiveness, the 2016
prospect couldn't be stopped in one-on-ones and has a relentless
motor. He'll be a big-time prospect, and is 4-star
recruit. He already holds offers from Ohio State, NC
State, UNC, and Miami among others.
LB James Smith-Williams: Athleticism and upside... that describes
Smith-Williams. An underrated recruit, the 2015 outside
linebacker continues to add offers and picked up one from the
Wolfpack after a standout performance. Smith-Williams is a rangy,
athletic prospect that flows to the ball well. As he continues to
fill he certainly has the potential into an every-down contributor
on the FBS level.
QB Dylan Parham: Listed at 6-5, 205 pounds Parham has everything
you're looking for in a young quarterback. He has good feet, great
mechanics and just watching him throw- you can tell this is a guy
that is on a different level than most high school quarterbacks.
Parham excels on the deep ball and shows uncanny placement of his
passes. He has an over-the-top delivery that is efficient and
compact. With all of that said, Parham is incredibly raw and
relatively inexperienced at the position which makes him even more
intriguing. The upcoming season will be his first as a full time
starter. The only concerning thing may be the targets he has to
throw to. Southeast Raleigh struggled to catch passes while at the 7
on 7 camp held at NC State and that could hurt his numbers in 2014
if it continues. Make no mistake, however. As colleges learn of his
ability, Parham is likely to blow up over the next nine months.
RB/ATH Moe Neal: All the rising junior has done in the last month is
add scholarship offers. Syracuse and Boston College were the first
two teams up followed by offers from Duke and NC State after Neal
put on stellar camp workouts at both schools. Timed in the 4.4's at
NC State's camp, Neal proceeded to work out with the wide receivers
and displaying the versatility that will likely project him as one
of North Carolina's top prospects in 2016. He showed great hands,
quick feet and the ability to consistently break away from defenders
and make catch after catch. Neal is a player that would likely be a
perfect fit in a spread type offense where he could get out in space
and use his explosiveness and cutting ability.
QB Austin King: Football camp at NC State has been kind to the
Wolfpack over the years, yielding multiple new offers and
commitments after successful workouts in front of the State coaching
staff. That was certainly the case with Austin King. Offensive
Coordinator Matt Canada shadowed King all day and it was apparent
very early on that he was going to be a legitimate candidate for a
Wolfpack offer. After warming up, King was very consistent with his
passes and although he doesn't have a cannon, was accurate and threw
a very catchable ball. He was able to put the ball in tight spaces
during one on ones. Perhaps more importantly is the fact is King's
best days are likely ahead of him as he'll only get stronger as he
continues to mature and fill out physically.
RB/ATH Ray Ray McCloud: All I can say about him is wow! He was part
of a traveling band of Florida athletes that camped at State and did
he ever put on a show. McCloud isn't the biggest player around but
he has a low center of gravity and combines that with an
explosiveness that allows him to quickly cut past defenders,
creating space and consistently creating wide open passing
opportunities in a one on one setting. He is your prototypical
spread-type running back where all he needs is a small crease to
exploit and once he's in the open field, has unbelievably quick feet
and the cutting ability to leave defenders looking silly.
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