Name: J.R. Sweezy
Hometown: Mooresville, North Carolina
High School: Mooresville High School
NOTES: A sleeper on the recruiting radar, Sweezy initially impressed NC State with his performance at the Ragsdale Shrine Bowl combine. Sweezy ripped off a 4.77 40-yard dash, a 4.67 shuttle and posted a 29.8 inch vertical jump. At the Wolfpack's camp, Sweezy measured in at 6-foot-5 and 245 pounds.
He recorded 115 tackles as a junior playing linebacker for Mooresville but was offered a scholarship to play along the defensive line at NC State. He also held offers from East Carolina and James Madison and believed an offer was on the way from Virginia.
Sweezy checked in at No. 44 in Scout.com's Preseason Top 50 Prospects in North Carolina, but Scout.com Recruiting Analyst Miller Safrit believed 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.
Sweezy blew up as a senior. Playing outside linebacker, he tallied an astounding 195 tackles, six sacks, 14 tackles for losses and four fumble recoveries. Sweezy earned first-team All-Observer and first-team All-Piedmont honors for his efforts.
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.
|"Sweezy is a player with a great frame, a terrific motor, and good instincts from his linebacker position."|
"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
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
LB #52 J.R. Sweezy Senior Video vs. West Rowan -
LB #52 J.R. Sweezy Senior Video vs. Northwest Cabarrus -
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