OL Simon Codrington (6-7, 260 pounds, 5.2-seconds in the 40) of South Miami (Fla) High School has been a major offensive line target all year for the Wolfpack. He was able to make an unofficial visit to NC State in October for the Miami game and came away impressed with the Pack. He plans to make a return visit to Raleigh in December for an official visit with the Wolfpack.
The recruiting process can be a daunting process for many 17-year old prospects but Codrington has been able to dodge much of the hustle and bustle as his father, Simon Sr, has played the important role of middle-man throughout the last seven months. Pack Pride spoke with the elder Codrington to get their impressions of NC State and what the future may hold for his son's college plans.
"Well, Simon's being recruited by basically every division one school in the country so he's really had a lot of interest," said Codrington. "I try to keep him insulated from a lot of the recruiting but it can be aggressive at times. But he hasn't had to deal with so much of it head on."
So far this year, South Miami has had an up and down season but they now have their sights set on the playoffs next weekend. Codrington, who has been nearly unbeatable from his tackle spot, has been able to maintain an impressive stat that now spans four years.
"Simon's had a good year," said Codrington Sr. "So far, he's still perfect. He hasn't given up a sack in four years. But the team's been up and down but they start the playoffs this weekend."
The Codringtons took a break from the season to make an unofficial visit to NC State a few weeks ago. It would appear the trip left a lasting impression that could potentially pay dividends for the Pack down the road.
"My general take was that he had a good time and he enjoyed himself but he still has an open mind. I don't think he's really going to get serious about anything until after the season. State is definitely high on his list though. I know that for sure. With all the infrastructure that's being put in place up there- it's hard not to be impressed with it.
"I've been to North Carolina before but that's a pretty impressive place. It's growing into a booming area and it's a well-rounded environment up there."
Codrington also talked about the ultra-tough ACC conference and the other schools very much in the thick of the race for his son's commitment.
"You know, the ACC is a pretty tough conference so you can't judge these teams in the conference by their record because playing each other takes a toll on every team in the conference," he said. "But Auburn, NC State, West Virginia and Florida- those are the schools that have offered him and the main ones he's looking at. He hasn't set all of his official visits yet but he's got about four of them penciled in. NC State will be one of those visits. It's in December but I'm not really sure exactly which weekend."
Codrington is rated a three-star prospect and the No. 50 OL in the nation by Scout.com.