Euwell: 'I'm Still Solid'

Linwan Euwell felt this was the season Pinetops (NC) Southwest Edgecombe would win its first state title.

Entering the playoffs with the No. 1 seed in the NCHSAA 3-A division, the Cougars lost 21-20 to Mebane (NC) Eastern Alamance in the third round.

"We finished 12-1," Linwan Euwell told Pack Pride. "We lost in the third round to Eastern Alamance by one point... I can't believe we got beat in overtime by a blocked extra point. It was a tough loss for us."

The loss can't diminish the accomplishments of the standout defensive end and his team. Southwest Edgecombe finished the year with 12 victories, a school record, and averaged 30.6 points per game on offense. Euwell led a defensive attack that was one of the best in the state, as he totaled 80 tackles, 26 tackles for a loss of 126 yards, and 11 sacks.

With his high school career over, the 6-foot-3, 220-pound athlete is tearing it up on the hardwood for the Cougars. Recently, he posted 27 points and 18 rebounds in a win over Tarboro.

"For the State people to hire him he must be a good coach... I do know that."

Although he's a solid high school basketball player, Euwell knows that his future will be on the gridiron. He had garnered offers from NC State, East Carolina, South Carolina, and North Carolina and had verbaled to the Wolfpack. The firing of Chuck Amato certainly caught him by surprise.

"I felt like they had lost a good coach," said Euwell. "I can't really say much about that because it was their decision. That was a decision they made."

Euwell knows that NC State has hired Tom O'Brien, as he followed the coaching search. He was in Raleigh this fall when the Wolfpack defeated Boston College, but he still doesn't know too much about the man that had led the Eagles to nine wins in four of the past five seasons.

"I really haven't looked into him yet," stated Euwell. "For the State people to hire him he must be a good coach... I do know that. I saw them when they played State, I was in Raleigh that time. They had a right decent team."

Euwell pointed out that he is still fielding interest from North Carolina, as the Tar Heels continue to pursue the three-star prospect. Is his commitment still firm with NC State?

"It's still solid," Euwell said. "I'm hoping to get up with the new coaching staff soon. That's what I need to do right now.

"I talk with coach Cignetti when I can, and I want to talk with the new coach whenever I can get a chance to."

Pack Pride Scouting Report: "Just when you thought the class of 2007 in North Carolina couldn't get any deeper, along comes another standout defensive end from Southwest Edgecombe High School. Linwan Euwell has already committed to NC State and falls into the mold of Wolfpack players like Willie Young and Manny Lawson before him. At 6-2, 210 pounds currently, Euwell is somewhat undersized but has the long arms and frame that the Pack coaches seem to routinely target in their defensive ends. From his DE spot, the goal is simple for Euwell. He pins his ears back and brings it. The rising senior has tremendous speed off the edge but does a solid job of not over-committing on a play which keeps him in position to make the tackle without getting beat. Euwell tends to tackle a little high but that can be corrected with coaching. As he fills out and matures, Euwell will likely become a major contributor on the Wolfpack defense." -- Pack Pride Recruiting Analyst Steve Williams

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