PREVIEW: Camp Doeren

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Coach Dave Doeren and staff will take the practice fields once again this summer for their fourth round of football camps beginning Friday, June 10th. After a quiet spring on the recruiting trail for the Wolfpack, fans can expect things to pick up with the kickoff of summer camps. Pack Pride takes a look back on previous camp results under Coach Doeren as well as a look ahead for what fans can expect.

Coach Dave Doeren and staff will take the practice fields once again this summer for their fourth round of football camps beginning Friday, June 10th. After a quiet spring on the recruiting trail for the Wolfpack, fans can expect things to pick up with the kickoff of summer camps.

Pack Pride takes a look back on previous camp results under Coach Doeren as well as a look ahead for what fans can expect.

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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 the camps as well as the coaching staffs that are ever in need off 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 their campus and facilities, host unofficial visitors they’re currently recruiting, put several kids through their own custom testing and workouts as well as unearth potential sleepers before other schools even realize theyre out there.

In general the majority of rising seniors, who already hold several offers will opt not to workout at the camps of schools that have already offered them, choosing instead to just visit unofficially and take in the coaching and environment. However, Coach Doeren and staff have done a nice job over the previous three years in convincing some of their offered targets as well as some of their commits to come out and go through their testing. In doing so the staff has been able to gain valuable insight on those kid’s abilities which, in some cases, led to an increased recruiting effort and in some cases led to the opposite. Of course, in the case of ‘no-brainer’ type athletes, the staff is very happy just to get them and their families out on a visit. When it comes to the current crop of rising seniors, the goal for camp each year is to have a healthy blend of all the above. From there its all about the future classes and starting to get a sense of how they project and what they can do. Most underclassmen, in an effort to get better and increase their exposure will come out to camps and go through a full workout. Identifying those younger guys and starting to build relationships with them is also en essential part of the overall goal of summer camps.

Coach Dave Doeren and staff open camp on Friday, June 10th. The camps will consist of seven 1-Day camps on June 10th, 11th, 12th, 16th, 17th, 18th and 23rd. The staff will also hold 7-on-7 Tournaments June 18th and 24th as well as a Specialist Camp on June 13th. The 2016 Dave Doeren Football Camp will be the fourth such event under the current football staff at NC State.

NC State Camp Schedule
Date Camp Type
June 10th One-Day/Individual
June 11th One-Day/Individual
June 12th One-Day/Individual
June 13th Specialist
June 16th One-Day/Individual
June 17th One-Day/Individual
June 18th One-Day/7-on-7
June 23rd One-Day/Individual
June 24th 7-on-7

The Dave Doeren Era at NC State has been extremely productive with the use of summer camps, as three sets of summer camps yielded no less than 13 offers-and-commitments based on camp performances.

NC State Summer Camp Offers/Commitments
2014 2015 2016
B.J. Hill Tyler Griffiths Daeshawn Stephens
Tony Adams T.J. McCoy Garrett Hooker
Jaylen Samuels James Smith-Williams Bryce Dixon
Marcelias Sutton   Kollin Byers
Maurice Trowell   Damien Darden (2017)

On top of those the NC State coaching staff has also collected 15 commitments from previously offered targets in the month of June around the camps. Many more prospects would give their commitment to NC State in later months as a result of camp performance, camp offer and/or camp visits.

2016 Camp Notes
Given the small amount of scholarship numbers for the 2017 class and having five commitments already in the fold, the NC State coaching staff may not be looking for a large number of 2017 prospects so offers extended to rising seniors could be limited.

Pack Pride is working under the belief that the staff is looking to take another 10-13 players in the 2017 class with an emphasis on linebacker, defensive end, and defensive tackle.

Of course, during camp season things dont always go to plan and if the staff were to see a workout too good to pass up then you better believe this group of coaches wont hesitate to pull the trigger on an offer regardless of position. Past that, the plan will be to watch as many 2018 and beyond targets to begin to strengthen those relationships for the coming classes.

Some recruits that Pack Pride expects to be camping for an offer include:

  1. Collin Eaddy: RB, Garner NC (2017)

  2. Jake Merchant: WR, Kings Mountain NC (2017)

  3. Malik BradyLB, Asheboro NC (2017)

  4. Cam Bent: WR, Bluffton, SC (2017)

  5. Alim McNeill: LB/DL Sanderson, NC (2018)

NC State will also host a large number of 2017 prospects on unofficial visits that already have offers from NC State. History would suggest a large contingent of local and in-state targets and commits will make it out at some point throughout the camp as well as a few out-of-state targets. Some of the guys Pack Pride would expect to see out there in the coming weeks are:

1. Matthew Butler: DE/DT, Garner NC (2017)

2. Ricky Person: ATH, Franklinton NC (2018)

3. Jordan Pouncey: WR, Winter Park FL (2017)

4. Jeffrey Burley: LB, Jackson GA (2017)

5. Sherrod Greene: LB, Rocky Mount NC (2017)

6. T.J. Moore: OT, Charlotte NC (2017)

7. Darius Hodge: LB/DL, Wake Forest NC (2017)

8. Xach Gill: DL, Wake Forest NC (2017)

9. Xavier LyasDE, Plant City, FL (2017)

10. Emeka Emezie: WR, Waxhaw NC (2017)

11. Jaquarii RobersonWR, Ahoskie NC (2017)

12. Jacobe Clement: CB, Charlotte NC (2017)

13. Jaylin DickersonS, Southern Pines NC (2017)

14. Brelin Faison-WaldenS, Greensboro NC (2017)

15. Holton AhlersQB, Greenville NC (2018)

16. Devon LawrenceRB, Wake Forest NC (2018)

17. Tre TurnerWR, Greensboro NC (2018)

18. Rick SandidgeDT, Concord NC (2018)

19. Zamir White: RB, Laurinburg NC (2018)

Pack Pride will update the names and dates of all notable unofficial visitors and campers as they become available.

While a date hasn’t been set yet, also lookout for the Wolfpack Coaches to host their ‘elite’ camp, previously called Alpha Wolf Showcase sometime in late July. That particular camp should attract some of the region’s elite 2017, 2018 and 2019 prospects.

Stay tuned to Pack Pride during the coming weeks/weekends for updates throughout the 2016 NCSU Summer Camp.


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