"Jamelle Eugene, a Class 5A All-State first-teamer last season and a second-teamer this season, had his choices pared down to two — South Florida and N.C. State. He visited both and, in the end, Raleigh won out over Tampa.
"Talking to players from both schools, the players at N.C. State won me over with what they had to say about the coaches," said Eugene, the 2003 Naples Daily News Broxson Trophy winner as the area's best football player.
Eugene said he feels comfortable with N.C. State head coach Chuck Amato and in the fact that hard work will pay off.
"Coach Amato is a real coach," Eugene said. "He's kind of like Coach Kramer. He'll tell you straight up how it is and if you're good, he'll put you on the field."
Kramer said it's not just Eugene's physical makeup that will lead to success, but his mental makeup as well.
"He will be a leader on that team before he graduates," Kramer said. "That's his personality. That's his work ethic. He has that credibility with his teammates."
Eugene selected the Wolfpack over offers from South Florida, Central Florida, North Carolina, and Louisville among others. He primarily played running back in high school but could project as a slot receiver or cornerback on the next level.
Guru Comments: "Naples was home to one of the state's best backs a few years ago named Duane Coleman, who now plays at Clemson. He didn't get all the media attention as some other backs that year and the same is the case with Eugene this year. He's the real deal, like Coleman was. I watched Eugene play a couple times last year, including in the state title game. All he needs is a small crack and the next thing you know, he's five yards downfield. He has the ability to make people miss, change direction, and then run away from defenders. He had over 2,000 yards as a junior last season after suffering a knee injury as a sophomore. He's a great athlete who also participates in track (35+ on the triple jump and sub 11.2 in the 100m). Naples coach Bill Kramer will be the first to tell you how tough and competitive Eugene is." -- Scout.com Analyst Mike Bakas
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