Quarterback Wes Carroll has one of the best arms in the South, but he can also beat a team with his legs when he has to.
The 6-2, 190-pound quarterback from St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale, FL runs the 40-yard dash in 4.5 seconds. Last year he also completed 90 of 160 pass attempts for 1,700 yards and 29 touchdowns against only three interceptions en route to being named to the Miami Herald All-Broward first team.
The Pack inked defensive back Everett Lewis and was in the thick of the hunt for several other Aquinas standouts last season. State has gotten an early start on the perennial Florida power this year and received an unofficial visit from Carroll this past weekend. What did he think?
"I had a great time up there," said Carroll. "All the coaches were really nice. They all seem like great guys. I didn't get a chance to talk to the players, though. They finished their workouts in the morning and most of them had class after that. I liked everything I did get to see."
NC State, Mississippi State, Duke and Central Florida have offered Carroll, and a few other schools appear to be on the verge, though Carroll wouldn't comment on who those schools might be.
"I'm still wide open, but obviously the schools that have shown the most attention and offered have helped themselves out. NC State is in a good position too, because I just got back from a great visit to their place. I just don't want to box myself in by naming in favorites yet."
Last year St. Thomas Aquinas compiled a 13-1 record, losing only in the state championship game. With Carroll returning, they should be in the mix once again.