Wolfpack Pursuing Standout Junior College DB

Co-Lin CC cornerback Charles McCrea, one of the top players in the state of Florida coming out of high school, originally signed with North Carolina State as a senior at Chaminade Madonna College Prep (Hollywood, Florida), but went the junior college route for a couple of years due to academics. Now that he is a sophomore, teams are once again heavily recruiting him.

"Ole Miss, Kansas State, NC State and Mississippi State are calling me," Charles McCrea said. "I was talking to Miami for a little while, but not anymore. Everybody (Ole Miss, Kansas State, NC State, Mississippi State and Miami) has offered me."

Two schools have already set up official visits with the 5-foot-10, 210-pound prospect.

"I've set up official visits to Ole Miss and Mississippi State," said the former prep All-American who also said he earned the Florida 2A Player of the Year Award his senior season. "The Mississippi State visit is January 20th. The Ole Miss visit is on December 20th."

As for which teams lead the pack, McCrea said, "If Miami starts talking to me, I would really like to go back home. But you have to make decisions that are best for you. So, I would say NC State, Mississippi State, Ole Miss and Miami. You can put them in any kind of order. It doesn't matter."

He explained why those schools made his final list.

"I signed with NC State out of high school, so they are a big choice for me," said McCrea, who will graduate in May. "(Head) Coach (Chuck) Amato at North Carolina State is a very good coach. And I like his staff and the team. A lot of players from where I stay signed with them. So, I know they signed some good football players. I love the defense because they like to play hardnose defense. They like to play a lot of man-to-man and get in your face type defense. That's what we play here (at Co-Lin). I like everything about them.

"Ole Miss has a great coaching staff that came from USC. I like their special teams and their offense. They play a lot of players in a lot of different spots. I play running back, too. They are talking about letting me play around and let me do what I want to do.

"Mississippi State...defense, defense, defense. They have a real hardnose defense. I love it. I love it. I went to the Georgia game, and I was really impressed with their defense. I love the coaching staff. (MSU Head) Coach (Sylvester) Croom and (MSU offensive coordinator) Coach (Woody) McCorvey are recruiting me. They have been calling me since they could start calling me. Coach Croom calls me almost every Monday."

He talked about why Mississippi State is recruiting him so heavily.

"(Coach Croom) told me that they have a lot of freshmen corners coming in this year and they really need a person who has college experience to come in and play," said McCrea. "He said I can come in and play right away. He feels I can have a big impact when I come in. Plus, I return punts."

Will those freshmen cornerbacks hurt Mississippi State's chances with him?

"Not really, because I went to the game and saw them play," said McCrea, "I know my talent and I know their system. I watched them kind of close. They run a lot of zone. And playing zone is not that hard. You have to come up and make the tackle."

Another factor that could wind up being in MSU's favor is how he wound up at Co-Lin.

"I knew Coach McCorvey (from Mississippi State) and he had called my high school coach and he told him things hadn't worked out (with NC State due to academics)," said McCrea, who came within a point of qualifying academically out of high school. "He knew (Co-Lin Head) Coach Glenn Davis had just got the team here at Co-Lin, so he gave him a call and Coach Davis called me. I told him to send the scholarship and I would go there."

And things have worked out well since he's been at Co-Lin, not only recruiting-wise, but on the field.

"I did pretty good last year (as a freshman)," said Charles. "I did a lot of kick returns and I played more running back than defense. This year, I have 24 tackles. I have two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. I've had a couple of punt returns for over 50 yards. And I've had a kickoff return for 70 yards. I haven't had any interceptions. I rarely get the ball thrown to my side. I try to bait them to throw my way, but they don't bite."

When asked which position he prefers, running back or cornerback, Charles quickly said, "I love cornerback. I love to hit."

And that's one of the main reasons teams like Mississippi State, Ole Miss, North Carolina State and Kansas State are hoping he will put his name on their scholarship offer and National Letter of Intent when Signing Day comes around in February.

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