Euwell Commits to NC State

NC State has landed a verbal commitment from Pinetops (NC) SouthWest Edgecombe standout Linwan Euwell.

"I thought about it long and hard last night, and I decided to go ahead and make a commitment to NC State," Linwan Euwell informed Pack Pride. "I committed to coach Cignetti and coach Amato up at NC State today. They were excited, they were just like I was when they offered me.

"I liked their defense, the coaching staff, and the facilities. They always have a great defense and defense wins games, defense wins championships. I always liked them growing up, and State has been my favorite for a long time."

Euwell performed well at the recent Shrine Bowl combine held in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Working with the defensive linemen, Euwell ripped off a 4.65 40-yard dash, the fastest among all defensive linemen, and an impressive 38 inch vertical jump.

"That combine went pretty well," he said. "I think I can improve on my numbers but I did good. I have another combine next weekend over at UNC, and I'm going to do good at that one.

"The combines helped a little with getting college attention, but I've had colleges talking with me ever since the end of my sophomore year."

Hailing from Pinetops (NC) SouthWest Edgecombe High School, coaches and high school football fans from the eastern part of the state know all about Euwell. As a junior, he tallied 98 tackles, 27 tackles for loss, and 12 sacks, earning all-conference and all-state honors. He was also named regional Defensive Player of the Year by the Rocky Mount Telegram and Wilson Daily News.

The 6-foot-2, 210-pound defensive end/outside linebacker burst on the scene in 2005 after having a huge game against North Carolina commitment Shaun Draughn. One of the state's top senior tailbacks last year, Draughn rushed for 95 yards on 31 carries against SouthWest Edgecombe, well below his average, as the Cougars defeated Draughn's Tarboro squad, 18-0.

Playing tailback and quarterback, Draughn was stopped for losses on four occasions by Euwell. Euwell's 11 tackles included five for losses totaling 27 yards and two quarterback sacks.

"We just had to keep him from going outside," Euwell told the Wilson Daily News following the game. "He's an athlete like anybody else. We've got players on our team just as good as him. It was team defense that shut him down."

Euwell attended junior days at East Carolina and North Carolina, and he was receiving attention from other programs as well.

"ECU had offered me, and I've been talking to UNC, Tennessee, and Georgia Tech," he said. "I believe they all were going to offer me, but that might change now that I have already committed to State."

Euwell, who has been as timed as fast 4.52 in the 40-yard dash and 10.9 in the 100 meters, played both outside linebacker and defensive end as a junior. He is still unsure as to which he will play on the next level, but said both are certainly options.

"I may play defensive end or linebacker," he said. "I don't know yet. I played both for my team, and I haven't talked with the State coaches about it yet.

"They just said they like my explosiveness. They like how I explode off the ball and make plays."

Euwell is NC State's fourth known commitment in the 2007 class, joining Garner's Chris Culliver, Wilmington New Hanover's George Bryan, and Charlotte Olympic wide receiver Steven Howard. All four players are in-state products.

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