State, Euwell Part Ways

NC State is no longer actively recruiting Pinetops (NC) Southwest Edgecombe star defensive end Linwan Euwell. A previous Wolfpack commitment, the NC State coaching staff decided to part ways during an in-home with Euwell on Wednesday night.

NC State is no longer recruiting Pinetops (NC) Southwest Edgecombe star defensive end Linwan Euwell. A previous Wolfpack commitment, the NC State coaching staff decided to withdraw his scholarship offer during an in-home with Euwell on Wednesday night.

"Linwan had been verbally committed to NC State since last May, and after coach Amato was let go he looked at Carolina," said Southwest Edgecombe head coach Raymond Cobb. "I think that he had got to a point that maybe he was torn between the two schools.

"On Sunday he told both NC State and North Carolina that he would make a decision in a few days, and he wanted a little more time [from Sunday]. Last night I think NC State decided they need a definite answer from Linwan during their in-home visit because they needed to know either they were getting him or that they needed to go in another direction.

"In talking with Linwan, he said that last night he told [coach Willis] that he wasn't ready to make a decision, so [NC State] withdrew their scholarship offer. I think they wanted an answer last night, and I think he wanted through this weekend to make a final decision."

Coach Cobb believed that Euwell continued to struggle with his decision, but certainly understands NC State's situation as well.

"I can understand where NC State is coming from," said Cobb. "It is a part of the recruiting process, and I know that they wished him good luck.

"I talked with coach O'Brien and coach Willis this morning, and they explained the situation to me as well. I know they handled it in a professional manner. Personally, I wish they would have given Linwan a little more time because I feel he was truly undecided, but I believe that they felt like it was time to move in a different direction. I know this is how the recruiting game works."

Euwell committed to NC State early in the process, as the Wolfpack were the first to offer a scholarship. After attending a summer camp at UNC, the Tar Heels pursued him throughout the year and came on strong under new head coach Butch Davis following the dismissal of Chuck Amato.

Despite the surprising ending to Euwell's recruitment, coach Cobb could only speak highly of the Wolfpack coaching staff.

"NC State has got to do what's best for their program," said Cobb. "I had a chance to sit in on Linwan's in-home with NC State [last week], and I was completely impressed with coach O'Brien and his staff. I think NC State has got a great coach. They are proven, and he did an awesome job at Boston College. I don't think NC State could have got a better football coach."

All signs now point to Euwell inking with North Carolina on signing day, although he does hold an offer from East Carolina.


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