COS Wideouts Interested In NC State

College of the Sequoias quarterback Brent Schaeffer has received plenty of attention for his exploits this season, but two other highly-regarded prospects also contributed to the Giants offensive attack.

College of the Sequoias quarterback Brent Schaeffer has received plenty of attention for his exploits this season, but two other highly-regarded prospects also contributed to the Giants offensive attack.

Like Schaeffer, wide receivers Darius Passmore and McIntosh Nicolas hail from the state of Florida, but played this season for the Visalia, California junior college program.

Nicolas originally inked with the University of Florida out of high school but failed to qualify while Passmore was a track star at Homestead High School prior to his junior college enrollment.

"Passmore had 16 touchdown catches and Nicolas had six," COS assistant coach Andy Siegal told Pack Pride. "They were both all-conference players. We had the No. 1 offense in the nation. We averaged 42 points and over 500 yards of offense. We were very productive, and they were a big part of that.

"They are speed guys, and they've got great size. Darius graduates in May and will have three years to play two seasons. McIntosh graduates in May and will have three years to play three seasons."

After watching film of Schaeffer, NC State noticed his receivers making plays all over the field, and Wolfpack assistant Curt Cignetti inquired about Passmore and Nicolas.

"Coach Cignetti had a good conversation with me about them and sounds like he is very, very interested," Siegal said. "He wants to watch a little more tape because he was really concentrating on Schaeffer. I think they are trying to see how they can get involved with these guys because they are pretty far along in their recruitments."

A former high school head coach in the state of Florida, coach Siegal is familiar with the recruiting game. He knows how it works and admits that Wolfpack head coach Chuck Amato is one of the best when it comes to landing top Florida talent.

Darius Passmore

"I was head football coach at Miami Coral Park, Venice High School, and Key West High School," Siegal said. "I was also a defensive coordinator at Dade-Pasco County High School in the early 90's.

"Coach Amato's recruiting area was where I was head coach. I've had coach Amato come in my office, put his cowboy boots on my desk, and say, 'Hey, who do you have for me this year?' I've known coach Amato a long time, and I think he's one of the all-time great guys. He does a great job of recruiting.

"He really understands the South Florida kid and what they are looking for. They appreciate his upbringing. He came from Pennsylvania and had a tough upbringing. They know he's not spoon-fed. He does a great job."

For Amato and NC State to have a change at the junior college receivers, the Wolfpack must land an official visit. Their involvement in Schaeffer's recruitment also appears to be a plus.

"Passmore's looking hard at Washington State, Houston and with NC State showing interest he has an interest in them," Siegal said. "He is visiting Washington State this weekend. McIntosh is looking mostly at Nebraska, Central Florida, and again NC State had an interest so he has an interest. He will be visiting Nebraska sometime soon.

"I would think because Brent has an interest in NC State they will have an interest. I think a lot of that stems with Schaeffer. They'd like to go with him."


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