With commitments from Justin Whaley and Henry Lawson, the Wolfpack is off to a solid start addressing the needs along the offensive line. However, the Pack is likely to take a half dozen in the class of 2007 and have put together a solid list of candidates to fill those spots. The latest to put NC State among his list of top schools is mammoth offensive lineman Maurice Holloway from Lake Highland Prep in Orlando, Florida.
"NC State offered me on the last day of the contact period in May," said Holloway. "Coach Dixon called me and told me I had an offer. He said they needed some guys that were serious about coming in and playing early. I got to talk to coach Amato, too, and he was telling me they need some guys that can play and they're looking to take about six this year."
Having transferred in to Lake Highland Prep from Sanford, Fla, Holloway will be a three-year starter as a senior. At 6-7, 320 pounds and boasting 5.2-second speed in the 40, Holloway projects as an offensive tackle in college, and he's been hard at work preparing for that move to the next level.
"I've really been working on my conditioning and footwork," he said. "I want to get faster and stronger. I'm real good in the run game right now but I need to get a little better in my blitz pickups."
In addition to the Wolfpack, Holloway is also hearing from South Carolina, Florida, South Florida and Florida State.
"I grew up a fan of Florida State," he said. "Right now, Florida and South Carolina are showing me a lot of interest. Coach Hunt from South Carolina told me they were real close to offering. My top schools would be NC State, Florida State, Florida and South Carolina."
Holloway has yet to make a trip to NC State but said he would likely make an official visit to Raleigh later in the year. He's yet to set a timetable to make a decision but he knows what will be important when that time rolls around.
"Probably the most important things for me would be staying close to home and early playing time," said Holloway. "A school like State wouldn't be too far away because it's still in the southeast."
Holloway plans to major in Computer Science or Computer Technology.
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