Two years ago NC State landed an unheralded LB from Purnell Swett High School in Pembroke, NC. Today, Martrel Brown has grown into an imposing defensive tackle for the Wolfpack and expectations have soared for the redshirt freshman this season. Ironically, the Pack coaches have targeted another Rams' sleeper and will be watching him closely throughout the 2004 season.
OL Terrance Campbell first turned heads earlier this year at the Shrine Bowl combine held at Scotland County High School. Over the summer, Campbell has been hard at work improving his game in preparation for the upcoming season.
"I've really been working on footwork drills and my speed," Campbell said. "We have been working out at school pretty much ever since the last day of classes. So I've just been pushing myself- trying to increase my strength. That's really been my main thing is just trying to get stronger. I'm benching 335 pounds now. I've gained a little weight- I'm 6-5, 294 pounds- so I've started to fill out but we ran 40's (40-yard dashes) two days ago and I ran a 4.9 (second 40-yard dash)."
Although he has yet to earn his first scholarship offer, Campbell is receiving interest from some major programs. It appears that all the interested schools are anxious to see how the senior lineman has progressed since his junior year.
"Right now I'm hearing from NC State, UNC, Tennessee, Notre Dame, Virginia Tech, Georgia, South Carolina, Duke and Maryland," said Campbell. "State was thinking about offering me over the summer but I wasn't able to make it up there to the camp.
"The ones that stick out to me right now are NC State, UNC, Wake Forest and Maryland. That's pretty much it. I mean, I'm looking to stay close to home so that's what's pretty much in my mind. I'd say NC State and UNC are recruiting me the hardest. Right now, I'm not leaning towards anyone really. They're pretty much all the same. "
One school that is definitely in the mix is the Pack and Campbell talked about why State is high on his list currently.
"I contacted State and they talked to me about coming up to some of their games," said Campbell. "I think the reason I want to wait a while is that State sticks out in my mind right now but it's the only school I've been to. Of course they've got Martrel Brown up there- he's a pretty good friend of mine. I saw him earlier this summer and he looked like a completely different player. He was telling me that he might end up starting at State.
"But just talking to Coach Amato and the other recruiters- I like the things they are doing and they all seem down to earth. They let me know it was going to be tough. I just like Coach Barry and Coach Williams and they really stand out in my mind."
While he'll be working hard to impress the college scouts in 2004, Campbell also has some other goals he'll be looking to attain and should they fall into place, recruiting will take care of itself.
"We want to make the playoffs as a team," said Campbell. "Individually I want to repeat as all-conference and I'd like to make the Shrine Bowl and if I can, I'd like to make all-state. That would help get my name out there a little bit more."
Campbell projects as a full academic qualifier.