Defensive lineman J.R. Sweezy from Mooresville (NC) High School came to the NC State football camp over the summer a virtual unknown and managed to come away with a Wolfpack offer after an impressive performance. He ended up committing to State in August and was a regular in Carter-Finley Stadium for most of the Wolfpack's home games this fall. The recent news that head coach Chuck Amato had been released caught Sweezy by surprise but it did nothing to change his desire to play for the Pack.
"I don't plan on changing my mind," said Sweezy. "I picked the school for the school itself and that is where I want to play and get my education. My commitment is still strong."
Although the Pack has just two coaches still on staff, both tight ends coach Curt Cignetti and runing backs coach Dick Portee have done a solid job of shoring up the class of 2007. Portee caught up with Sweezy to make sure he knew that NC State still wanted him in a Wolfpack uniform in 2007.
"Coach Portee came by the school and he's also talked with my parents," he said. "I called coach Dunlap to see how he was doing and to thank him for everything he has done for me."
At 6-5, 245 pounds, Sweezy ran a solid 4.77-second 40-yard dash at a Shrine Bowl Combine held at Ragsdale High School this year. After tallying 115 tackles as a junior, Sweezy followed that up with close to 175 tackles as a senior.
Sweezy is rated a two-star prospect by Scout.com and projects as an academic qualifier.
Sweezy checked in at No. 44 in Scout.com's Preseason Top 50 Prospects in North Carolina, but Scout.com Recruiting Analyst Miller Safrit believes he could end up much higher given his upside.
"With a strong year thanks to his much-increased size, he certainly would be a candidate to move up this fall," said Safrit.
SCOUTING REPORT: "Sweezy is a player with a great frame, a terrific motor, and good instincts from his linebacker position scraping to the ball and getting through traffic well.
|"With his added weight he could be a dangerous player in space this year."|
"With his added weight he could be a dangerous player in space this year, but with that motor and a quick first step he certainly looks like a future defensive end in college." -- Scout.com Recruiting Analyst Miller Safrit
SWEEZY QUOTE: "Like I said, it has been my childhood dream. My grandfather played there as a fullback."
COACH QUOTE: "One of the good things about J.R. is that he was voted a co-captain by his teammates. That shows that his team has great respect for him, and they see his leadership capabilities. For J.R. and the other seniors, this is their last time through, and I always tell them that it's not my team, I tell the seniors that it is their team.
"He's taken that leadership role very seriously. The biggest thing with being a leader is you also have to be a good player. He's trying to get the best out of our team.
"J.R. was a good player for us last year, but I would not have called him a leader. Now I think that he is the leader of our team. It's not that he's a vocal guy, that's not his style, but he leads by example. People see it... and you can't miss him. At his size, you can't miss him." -- Mooresville head coach Barclay Marsh
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