Sweezy: 'I Think it is Great!'

Defensive lineman J.R. Sweezy gives his initial reaction to the announcement that Tom O'Brien has been hired as the next coach at NC State.

Word has started to circulate among NC State's 16 verbal commitments about the recent hiring of former Boston College head coach Tom O'Brien. The early feedback has been extremely positive and it appears the Wolfpack is well on it's way to securing the class of 2007.

Defensive lineman J.R. Sweezy, a 6-5, 245 pound prospect from Mooresville (NC) High School heard the news this weekend and was surprised and impressed.

When asked about his initial reaction, Sweezy couldn't help but show his excitement upon hearing the news.

"I think it is great!" he said. "I do not know too much about him but I do know that he is a disciplinarian, which State probably needs, and he is a proven winner. I look forward to meeting him soon."

Sweezy had a chance to talk to running back's coach Dick Portee last week but hasn't spoken to anyone from NC State since the official announcement of O'Brien. In any event, when asked if he was still solid for the Pack, Sweezy left no doubt with his response.

"Yes. Absolutely!"

Sweezy projects as an academic qualifier and is rated a two-star prospect by Scout.com.

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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