McCuller Picks Up Offers

Chesapeake (Va.) Atlantic Shores Christian offensive tackle and Wolfpack commitment Jeraill McCuller is spending his days now on the hardwood.

McCuller plays center for his Atlantic Shores Christian basketball team, a program that featured future Wolfpack hoops standouts Kenny Inge and Damon Thornton years ago.

"We are 12-5 overall and #4 in the state," Jeraill McCuller said. "I have around nine double-doubles on the season.

"I like playing basketball because it helps me a lot with my agility, foot speed, and staying in shape. It helps me not get too out of shape. The only problem is it affects with my weightlifting program, but I'm beginning to work on that."

McCuller's starting to balance out his athletic schedule even more, as he's now working with a personal trainer to prepare himself to be in good physical condition when he arrives at NC State.

"I have a personal trainer who's working with me on my strength program," McCuller said. "I just checked in at 6'8 and 320 pounds the other day. We're just working on the basics, and I'm trying to get stronger, get in better shape, and improve my agility. It will pay off for me in the long run."

Wolfpack assistant Manny Diaz has done a terrific job recruiting McCuller, and offensive line coach Mike Barry has also stayed in touch.

"Coach Barry and Coach Diaz came to a couple of my basketball games, and they come up to the school on a regular basis," McCuller said. "They just come to check up on me, and I really like it. I like both of them a lot."

The huge offensive tackle prospect committed to NC State in early October, but since then he's seen several programs try and jump in the mix for his services.

"I started getting ever more looks from everybody once my name got out through committing," McCuller said. "I now have over ten scholarship offers and some of them are Maryland, Michigan State, East Carolina, West Virginia, and South Carolina.

"I was contemplating those schools, but I like the direction that the NC State program is going, so I'm set in my mind on going to NC State."

This weekend NC State will host prospects such as McCuller, J.C. Neal, Littleton Wright, Curtis Crouch, and Julian Williams among others. Jeraill's excited about taking another trip down to Raleigh.

"I have an official set up for this Saturday through Monday," said McCuller. "They said it's going to be a good group of recruits coming up so I'm looking forward to it. I'll get the chance to see the whole campus, meet the good players they have there, and see the coaches again."

McCuller is fully qualified with a 3.0 GPA and a qualifying SAT score.

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