The Two Rivers Conference in North Carolina boasted two standout offensive linemen on their all-conference first team last year that have already accrued scholarship offers from NC State. Curtis Crouch from EE Smith High School and Jonathan Hannah of South View High School are generally considered to be two of the top prospects in the state and the Pack will be watching them intently throughout 2004. However, it would appear you can add a third member from that all-conference squad as NC State is now showing heated interest in OL Terrance Campbell of Purnell Swett High School in Pembroke, NC.
Campbell easily tested best of the OL in attendance at the Scotland County Shrine Bowl Combine held Saturday in Laurinburg, NC. He checked in at 6-4 ½, 295 pounds and was one of the biggest prospects on hand. Campbell did well in all testing- recording a 29-inch vertical leap while bench pressing 12 reps of 225 pounds. Running the 40-yard dash on a soft track, Campbell posted respectable times of 5.35 and 5.36-seconds although Purnell head coach Frank Jernigan has stated that his talented lineman has run as fast as 4.92-seconds.
Ironically, NC State discovered Campbell while scouting another of NC's top prospects. Campbell gave StateFans the latest.
"Actually, coach Barry (Pack OL coach Mike Barry) saw me at a basketball game when they were scouting Jonathan Hannah. Right now, my favorites are NC State, Wake Forest, UNC, Notre Dame and Tennessee. I'm hearing from a bunch of other schools but those are the ones I like. So far, Wake Forest and East Carolina have been by the school. Everyone's recruiting me as an OT but ECU likes me as a TE."
Campbell, an all-county and all-conference selection as a junior, boasts an impressive top five list but he stated that one school has risen above the rest in the early stages of the recruiting year.
"I'd have to say NC State is my top school right now. They've got top notch facilities and top notch coaches and I really like what they're saying about what I can do as an OT up there."
Campbell is being recruited by DB coach Greg Williams. He plans to attend the Adidas Combine held in Raleigh in May and later this summer at NC State.