Wolff: 'I Always Liked the School'

Raeford (NC) Hoke County athlete Earl Wolff believed he did enough to earn a scholarship offer from NC State at the Wolfpack's recent camp.

Raeford (NC) Hoke County athlete Earl Wolff believed he did enough to earn a scholarship offer from NC State at the Wolfpack's recent camp.

"I knew I was doing real good up there at camp," said Wolff. "There were even some players out there from NC State calling me Randy Moss when I was at receiver during seven-on-seven's.

"I still didn't want to get over confident because no one was really looking at me. I always thought I was real good in football, but no one looked at me like that. When I was there they were talking like they might offer me and when they did I couldn't believe it."

The first thing Wolff did was call his mother to inform her of the scholarship offer.

"My last name is Wolff, and they are the Wolfpack... it all makes sense."

"My mom asked me what I was going to do," he said. "I told her I was going to commit to them because I wanted to go there. After I talked with her I called back coach Bridge and told him that I was committing to play for them.

"I always liked the school. My last name is Wolff, and they are the Wolfpack... it all makes sense."

At 6-foot and 190 pounds, Wolff played free safety for Hoke County, where he tallied six interceptions and returned three for touchdowns.

"Earl is very explosive," said Hoke County head coach Greg Bryant. "Anytime he can break a long run, and he is always making great plays on defense. He really flew under the radar.

"I think he's going to play free safety or cornerback at NC State. He's still raw, but Earl is very coachable. He just has so much upside. I think he's going to be a great college football player. NC State is a real good fit for him."

"The coaches told me they are labeling me as an athlete."

What position will Wolff play at NC State? He believes the Wolfpack coaches don't even know. They are going to figure that out when he suits up for the Wolfpack.

"The coaches told me they are labeling me as an athlete," said Wolff. "When I was up there I was doing all the running back drills and all the defensive back drills, and in seven-on-sevens I blew it up at wide receiver. He said we'll see in the fall because they just want to get me there."

Wolff projects as an academic qualifier as he has already taken the SAT and will be taking the upcoming ACT.

"Earl is just a great kid and a fierce competitor," said coach Bryant. "He's very polite and all of the teachers here just love him. He is the type of kid that you want to have on your football team."


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