Wide Receiver has been a point of emphasis for Dave Doeren and staff as they've put together the class of 2016. The Pack made a point to target bigger wideouts and Hillside senior receiver Daeshawn Stephens fit the mold perfectly, becoming the first wide receiver to commit to State last July.
At 6-2, 190 pounds Stephens was a focal point for the Hillside offense and he helped lead the Hornets to a 10-3 record and a run into the state playoffs. On the recruiting side he never wavered from his early commitment to the Wolfpack and was back in Raleigh this past weekend for his official visit. Although he's made numerous trips to State, official visits are always a little different. He talked about the trip recently with Pack Pride.
"Emmanuel McGirt hosted me on the visit and everything just went real good," said Stephens. "Since I had been there so much I already knew what to expect but this time it was like you were the center of attention and that was nice. They treated us real good."
With former offensive coordinator Matt Canada now at Pittsburgh, Stephens used the visit as an opportunity to meet newly hired offensive coordinator Eliah Drinkwitz.
"Coach Drink, he's real upbeat. He was just letting me know that they're going to run a lot more spread, no huddle and stuff like that"
Stephens and the rest of the recruits that visited last weekend had to navigate a winter storm. He said it caused a change in plans on Friday night but overall did not have a huge impact on the trip as a whole.
With his former high school coach now at East Carolina, the Pirates wasted no time offering a scholarship but Stephens confirmed that he is solid with NC State and will be signing with the Wolfpack.
Stephens says his attention will now turn towards the off season and preparing for his June arrival at NC State.
"I'm going to be working out on my own and I'll also be running track. They want me to come in with strong hands and be able to run so I've got to make sure I focus on those things so I'm ready."