PREVIEW: Camp Doeren

For recruiting junkies, the camp-season is one of the most wonderful times of the year and with the arrival of June it’s time for college coaches to get geared up and ready to evaluate.

The summer camp circuit is an important time of year for the recruiting cycle in more ways than one. It is a powerful tool that, when used correctly can benefit the prospects attending as well as the coaching staffs that are ever-watching for talent.

Camps allow high school teams and individual players to flock to college campuses for collegiate-level instruction during the off-season. For colleges the camps are a great opportunity to check out underclassmen that may garner their future recruiting interests, show off your campus and facilities, host unofficial visitors you’re currently recruiting, put several kids through your own custom testing and workouts as well as unearth potential sleepers before other schools even realize they’re out there.

The summer camp circuit, like everything else, has evolved over the years. Less than a decade ago rising seniors would generally make the rounds to the top choices on their list that had offered a scholarship and workout with their potential future position coaches, get to know the campus, and check out the facilities. However, rising seniors with a healthy offer sheet very rarely go through the above outlined steps any longer. Instead those guys usually come out in street clothes and take in the atmosphere while only watching their future position coaches work and chatting up any other recruits and/or available coaches.

Camps have now become more about identifying high-level underclassmen and getting a jump start in their recruitment.

The Dave Doeren Era at NC State has been extremely productive with the use of summer camps. Coach Doeren has gone through 2 sets of summer camps which has yielded no less than 8 offers and commitments based on camp performances (2014: B.J. Hill, Tony Adams, Jaylen Samuels, Maurice Trowell and Marcelias Sutton 2015: Tyler Griffiths, T.J. McCoy and James Smith-Williams). On top of those offered based on camp-performance the NC State Staff has also collected 13 commitments in the month of June around their camps.

The Wolfpack coaching staff will fire up their third camp season beginning Saturday, June 6th and continue with multiple one-day camps as well as two 7-on-7 tournaments throughout the month of June.

Sat./June 6 1-Day 11-2:30
Sun./June 7 1-Day 11-2:30
Mon./June 8 1-Day 11-2:30
Thurs./June 11 1-Day 11-2:30
Fri./June 12 1-Day 11-2:30
Sat./June 13 1-Day 11-2:30
Sat./June 13 7-on-7 Team Camp 5-8:00
Sun./June 14 1-Day 11-2:30
Mon./June 15 1-Day 11-2:30
Thurs./June 18 1-Day 11-2:30
Fri./June 19 7-on-7 Tournament 10-5:00
Sat./June 20 1-Day 11-2:30

During this year’s camp the NC State coaching staff may not be looking for the sheer number of kids in the two previous years so offers extended to the current crop of 2016 signees may be a bit more limited. However, expect the State coaches to be on the lookout for offensive linemen, offensive tackles in particular, linebackers, and potentially wide receivers as well.

The belief is that staff would like to take as many as three more offensive linemen, two linebackers, and 2-3 wide receivers, and those are all position groups that the Pack hasn’t progressed very far with as of yet in the 2016 recruiting class.

Of course, during camp season things don’t always go to plan and if the staff were to see a workout too good to pass up on then you better believe this group of coaches won’t hesitate to pull the trigger on an offer. Past that the plan will be to watch as many 2017 and beyond targets and to begin to strengthen those relationships for the upcoming classes.

Here is a look at some 2016 targets that Pack Pride expects to be camping in hopes of landing an offer from NC State.

LB Raequan Purvis Plymouth NC
C/OG Chris Beech Archbishop Alter OH
OT Karl Hofmeister Jack Britt NC
OT Chandler Reeves Eagles Landing GA
OT Jahmir Johnson Imhotep Charter PA

NC State is also expected to host several potential unofficial visitors who already have earned offers from the Wolfpack (including current verbal Kobe Smith).

CB/S Carlos Becker Osceola FL
CB Mark Gilbert Terry Sanford NC
OT Ashton Julious Lackawanna JC PA
TE Dylan Autenrieth North Paulding GA
TE Garrett Walston New Hanover NC
DT Kobe Smith Archer GA
S Isaiah Stallings Terry Sanford FL
WR Tyree Rodgers Camden Catholic NJ

Finally, several 2017 and 2018 prospects will be camping looking to impress the coaches.

Some 2017/2018 targets to keep an eye on: Jonah Melton (OL, Eastern Alamance HS), Montrece Gatling (CB, Havelock HS), Jacobe Clement (CB, South Mecklenburg HS), and Eric Crosby (DT, Ocean Lakes HS).

Stay tuned for more from Pack Pride as we'll be providing daily updates following each camp session!

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