Projected Position At NC State: Offensive Line
Awards/Stats: Credited with 47 pancake blocks, Speas was selected to play in the Shrine Bowl as a senior when he was tabbed an Speas was an AP and NC Preps all-state selection. A three-time all-conference selection. Invited to play in the 2016 Shrine Bowl, but Dudley advanced to the state title game.
Dudley finished 15-1 and won the NC 4A state title with a 54-0 championship win at Carter-Finley Stadium. Dudley was ranked as the top high school team in North Carolina - regardless of classification.
Dudley also won the state title his freshman year, that game was also played at Carter-Finley. Dudley was conference champions all four years of his prep career.
Personal: Was unable to play little league football because he was too big. Plans to major in biomedical engineering and become an orthopedist.
Commit Date: 10-9-2016
Recruiting Scene: Speas loved NC State and would’ve committed on the spot had the Pack offered at their summer camp. However the Pack hesitated and Virginia moved quickly to secure a commitment by making an offer. Speas accepted quickly. Only a couple of weeks later once camp was over State had a change of heart and decided to offer Speas. He attended State’s invite-only camp in July but Speas didn’t immediately flip to the Wolfpack. However, the Pack stayed on him and was rewarded with his commitment in October.
Why NC State? “I chose NC State because Coach Doeren has his program headed in the right direction. I also know that I'm joining a group of guys who are just as hungry to win as I am, and not only that I also see a program that is going to help me to my best ability to reach the next level.”
Picked NC State Over: Virginia
Scouting Report: Speas impressed at NC State’s summer camp with good footwork, agility and quickness. He was called out time and again in one on ones and repeatedly won his individual battles. The only concern was size and at 260 pounds was smallish and clearly will need time to develop physically to compete on the FBS level. Speas backed up his performance at NC State by putting together a tremendous senior season and earned a reputation as one of the state’s best run blockers.