The Need For Speed

NC State coach Dave Doeren stated on signing day that he wanted to add speed to the roster with the 2015 recruiting class, and he appears to have accomplished that at wide receiver.

NC State coach Dave Doeren stated on signing day that he wanted to add speed to the roster with the 2015 recruiting class, and he appears to have accomplished that at wide receiver.

Two signees, Winston-Salem (NC) Carver wideout Brian Sessoms and Garner (NC) athlete Nyheim Hines, were two of the fastest athletes in North Carolina. Sessoms won the NC 2-A state 200-meter title after winning the 200-meter and 100-meter titles as a junior.

Nyheim Hines

"He is probably the fastest kid that we have signed," Doeren said of Sessoms. "In our camp, when he came last summer, his first time was a 4.18 and everyone kind of looked at each other like “No way.” He ran it again and ran a 4.21, he ran again and ran a 4.23, and then he ran it again and had a 4.28. So, he had four times under 4.3 in our camp."

Like Sessoms, Hines is blessed with elite speed, as he is the NC 4-A 55-meter champ, but he's not just locked in as a receiver. Hines can play all over the field and after starring primarily at tailback on the prep level look for the Wolfpack coaching staff to get him the ball in as many ways as possible.

"Nyheim is a guy that we're expecting to play because of his versatility," said Doeren. "Is he going to be a huge contributor? I don't know, but because he can return punts, return kicks, be a receiver, be a back, run fly sweeps, he was a Wildcat quarterback... he has so many skillsets. I'll be shocked if he's not out there.

"I think he could be in the slot. I think he could play our slot or our 'Z.' They are both guys that we motion a lot, use in the jet game, catch balls underneath and outside."

Brian Sessoms

"He's definitely going to be in space," Doeren added. "I can tell you that."

So far, both have caught NC State strength and conditioning coach Jason Veltkamp's eye during summer workouts.

"Those two guys stand out," he said. "They'll be out front [during sprints]."

While Hines seems to have a role locked up, Doeren isn't sure if the Sessoms and the Pack's other speedy signee, Vernon Grier, will play as true freshmen. However, the potential is there to do so.

"Vernon Grier and Brian Sessoms, they are both unbelievably fast," Doeren said. "Are they going to be ready? I don't know yet. When I signed them both my thought was I wouldn't need to play them, but when I see how fast they are, maybe they will because they can run. They are really fast."

The tallest of the wideout signees, 6-foot-3, 180-pounder Freddie Simmons, is another to watch at the position.

"He has a lot of things that you'll see on film," said Doeren. "He can run after the catch, has good length, good ball skills."

"Freddie Simmons has shown great burst," added Veltkamp. "He has great change-of-direction as well for a taller kid. I've really liked what I've seen from him."

Overall, NC State added four scholarship wideouts and preferred walk-on Chandler Belk to the roster. For Veltkamp, their potential impact is evident.

"I think we upgraded at receiver," he said. "When we see [the freshmen] train and run, I'll call the wideouts up to the line and that's the biggest group that will step up. Five of them will step up, and they can all run. They've really upgraded us there from a speed, athleticism, and agility perspective."


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