Sweezy Talks Up Official

Defensive end J.R. Sweezy has been committed to the Pack for several months but this past weekend was his first real opportunity to sit down with the new coaching staff.

Defensive end J.R. Sweezy has been committed to the Pack for several months but this past weekend was his first real opportunity to sit down with the new coaching staff.

The senior from Mooresville, NC was not disappointed.

"I went up there last weekend for my official and had a great time," said Sweezy. "I got a chance to meet all the new coaches, and that was really exciting. I got to meet some of the players too, and they seem like great guys.

"I arrived late Friday night because I had a wrestling match that night. Things started the next morning. We had breakfast with the coaches and then we toured the campus. We ate lunch and then we went back to the hotel.

"They had us eat dinner at the Vaughn Towers, and we did that with a bunch of coaches and players. We went out that night and saw a little bit more of the school and the area. The next morning we got up, and I had a meeting with Coach Willis and Coach Archer. They were both really impressive. I left Sunday at about 11."

Sweezy reaffirmed his commitment to the Pack and is not entertaining interest from any other programs.

One of the keys to recruiting is building relationships over a long period of time. With the coaching change, the new staff at NC State had to move fast to convince Sweezy to stick with his verbal.

"They really didn't have just one guy assigned to recruit me. I got to meet just about all the new coaches, which was important. It was sort of a team effort on their part. They convinced me that State was still the place I needed to be."

Sweezy is a two-star prospect and was one of the top prospects in North Carolina this year. 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


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