Better than 200 athletes descended on the NC State practice field for the adidas Elite Camp on Saturday, attracting players from as far away as Ohio and Georgia. The event was also well attended by college coaches with representatives from NC State, Notre Dame, Ohio and Georgetown spotted in the crowd. The Wolfpack, in particular, had Todd Stroud, Steve Dunlap, Dick Portee, Pat Meyer and Curt Cignetti watching on as many of the region's best tested in the 40-yard dash, pro shuttle, bench press and vertical jump.
One of the most impressive players in attendance was DE/TE Wes Saunders from Riverside High School in Durham, NC. This rising senior has a super frame and physically, may have been the top big man at the combine. Saunders reported a 4.9-second 40-yard dash at the event but it was one on one drills where he really shined. Working out as a tight end, Saunders showed great speed, agility and deceptively soft hands as he regularly dominated smaller defensive backs trying to defend him. Although most have him pegged for defensive end on the next level, he made a solid case for his potential at tight end with his performance Saturday.
Offensive lineman Desmond Roberts from Northampton High-West in Gaston, N.C. was another standout. He reported a 5.6-second laser-timed 40-yard dash. Roberts looked more comfortable in one on one drills then he did a month earlier at the Scout combine and showed why he's picked up several impressive division one offers. Virginia Tech has made a solid impression on the talented junior and he said the Hokies and Wolfpack are now tied at the top of his leaderboard.
|OL Desmond Roberts has offers from NC State, Virginia Tech, South Carolina, and North Carolina among others.|
S/OLB Matt Thompson from E. Alamance High School in Mebane, N.C. told us he was disappointed in his 4.9-second 40-yard dash but he did post an impressive 4.3-second shuttle and bench pressed 225 pounds seven times. He is still sitting on an offer from Georgia Tech, but NC State continues to show heavy interest. Thompson said he feels like once his academic situation clears up, other schools have indicated they'll jump on board with an offer.
Not much has been said about WR/ATH Julius Graves from Riedsville (NC) High School but he certainly put on a solid showing working out as a wide receiver on Saturday. Graves has an impressive burst and tremendous concentration as he snagged some impressive catches. He is currently favoring Miami, NC State, South Carolina and Clemson with the Canes and Pack out front.
Another in-state prospect that caught our eye was N. Forsyth High School standout offensive lineman Sergio Glenn. Glenn moves well for a player over 300 pounds and told us he recorded a 5.5-second 40-yard dash. He also was brutal in one-on-one drills and mauled more than a few opposing defensive linemen. This was an impressive showing on top of a standout performance at the Scout.com combine held several weeks ago. Glenn said he currently has NC State atop his wishlist although the Pack has yet to offer.
DE Antwan Jones from W. Stanly High School first showed up on the radar after a solid outing at the Ragsdale Shrine Bowl Combine. He built on that performance by running an impressive 4.95-second 40-yard dash, recording a 28-inch vertical jump and bench pressing 225 pounds 12 times. He currently reports a lone offer from Wake Forest but will likely see that number increase over the coming months. NC State, in particular, has shown heavy interest.
QB Danny Dembry from Hertford County in Ahoskie, NC worked out as teammate Tydreke Powell watched on and looked good zipping passes around the NC State practice field. He reported a 4.8-second 40-yard dash and a 34-inch vertical leap. His teammate, LaMarcus Jenkins, also looked solid working out as a tight end although he has yet to be offered.
Editor's Note: all 40 times mentioned in the article were self-reported by the athlete. Official results have yet to be released.