State's Top OL Back From Trip to NC State

Pack Pride catches up with offensive lineman Trinton Sturdivant after his unofficial visit to NC State over the weekend.

With better than a dozen scholarship offers on the table from such notables as NC State, Georgia, UNC, Ole Miss, Clemson, Florida, Tennessee, Virginia and Virginia Tech, offensive lineman Quinton Sturdivant will be a strong candidate for mention as the state's top prospect for the class of 2007 when rankings are released later this year. At 6-6, 280 pounds, Sturdivant was a dominating right offensive tackle last year for Anson County High School in Wadesboro, North Carolina. The rising senior has tremendous explosion off the line, great leverage and the ability to dominate the defender across from him on the line of scrimmage. How ironic then that Sturdivant didn't receive a single post-season mention from any of the media that covered Anson County football.

"I got absolutely nothing last year," said Sturdivant. "Yeah, I was surprised but, really, I thought I was just average. And then all of a sudden all these schools started, wanting me and I didn't get any awards. Barquell, Michael Bowman and our fullback, Greg Fowler, they got the most publicity. It wasn't a big deal to me though."

While the media may have missed on the state's obvious choice for top offensive lineman, schools from around the country certainly didn't. One of the programs that sent an early offer was NC State and the Pack had a chance to host Sturdivant this past weekend for it's annual junior day event. The early 4-star prospect talked about his trip to Raleigh.

"What caught my eye was the tall towers they had (Vaughn Towers)," he said. "I think they just built them. It blew my mind. I hadn't seen anything like that. I have been to a couple other schools but I hadn't seen anything like that. It was nice. I mean, I liked the facilities at NC State. They have great facilities and that really caught my eye."

Sturdivant also got a chance to spend some one on one time with head coach Chuck Amato with Amato talking about the importance of keeping the home-state prospects at home.

"They really talked a lot about staying in North Carolina," said Sturdivant. "When I talked to coach Amato he talked about me staying in North Carolina, making North Carolina proud. They talked about the bowl games they had been to and how they had been to more than any school in North Carolina over the last six years."

Another school that figures heavily with Sturdivant is Georgia. He made an unofficial visit there recently and there's little doubt the trip left a lasting impression.

"What I liked the most about Georgia is I have a great chance of playing there," he said. "All the offensive tackles are graduating so basically I have a great chance to play. They have a great staff. They don't have the facilities like NC State but they have a chance for me to play sooner."

Earlier in the year, Sturdivant told Pack Pride that he had an early top three of Florida, Georgia and NC State. While those schools are still high on the list, he said he's leaving everything open for now as he takes the time to explore each of his options.

"I don't really have any favorites because I haven't seen but a few schools. I just want to be open until I see some more schools."

Sturdivant plans to attend the combine being held at Duke in March and will also attend the Nike Camp at Georgia later this year. He told Pack Pride that he originally hoped to commit before his first game this year but wants to make at least three official visits before deciding.

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