NC State is running strong with Cameron Dollar. The Pack has not offered Dollar (6-3, 185) and there will be those who assume he has a preference for North Carolina. But that does not seem to be the case.
Those assuming North Carolina is the favorite for Dollar can be forgiven. He goes to East Lincoln High School. That school has produced the Surratt brothers, Chazz and Sage, with the former expected to play football and basketball for the Tar Heels.
Chazz Surratt is one year older than Dollar but they live only a minute away from one another. They hang out every day at school. They lift together and run together with one another each day as well. Theirs is the kind of friendship that would make a person assume that one might follow the other to school.
But there is a lot more for Dollar to think about than what friends he might be able to see in college.
"It'd be nice to play with them but then again I've got to think about myself," he said. "If Chazz and Sage go there then that's another wide receiver position I'm going to be competing for. It would be fun to compete against them but then again it wouldn't."
Dollar is not leaning to North Carolina but he isn't writing the Heels off either. He has a lot of other football programs on his mind. South Carolina, Georgia Tech, Pittsburgh, Wake Forest, Virginia and Old Dominion are some schools that are exchanging Twitter messages and weekly phone calls with Dollar. He went to a spring practice at South Carolina about a week ago and Dollar will travel with the Surratt brothers when they go to North Carolina for the spring game there.
But NC State is the school that seems to be standing out to him the most.
"I really like State because they've got the major I'm planning on going to," he said. "I want to go into civil engineering and engineering is really big at State. They were the first school to show interest. The odds are pointing towards State if they offer me."
The question then becomes how much the NC State coaches like Dollar and if they could realistically offer him a scholarship.
"I went to a game this year, but I haven't been there recently," he said. "I was signed up to go there recently but I couldn't make it because I had to watch my little brother. But I'm pretty sure I'll be there for a spring practice coming up either Friday or Saturday. They were the first team to recruit me and that's always caught my eye. But as of right now I would just say they have been consistent with their recruitment. They've been direct messaging me on Twitter the basic stuff and sending me letters. I want to say it was the quarterbacks coach who came down to the school. I can't pronounce his name though.
"NC State has one of the wildest fan bases I've seen at any of the schools I've been to. Carolina has a lot of people, but it's not as rowdy in the support. I've really liked State's atmosphere at all their sports. It's nice. I've been to a basketball game too and it's pretty nice."
Dollar said he knows he is not the fastest receiver on NC State's recruiting board but he feels that his route running ability is advanced and is one reason coaches like those at NC State like him.