Spotlight: Earl Wolff, Part I

RAEFORD, N.C. -- June 28th, 2007 seemed like any other regular, summer morning for Earl Wolff as he took advantage of school being out by sleeping in a little later than usual.

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    June 28th, 2007 seemed like any other regular, summer morning for Earl Wolff as he took advantage of school being out by sleeping in a little later than usual.

    He was awaken by a text message from NC State assistant coach Jim Bridge.

    "I was just laying in bed and I got a text message from coach Bridge saying that I probably would want to call him if I could," said Wolff. "I kind of had the feeling they were going to offer me after camp, so I was hoping that was what it was about.

    "I kind of had the feeling they were going to offer me after camp."
    "I called coach Bridge and the first thing he said was for me to call my mom and tell her that NC State had just offered me a full scholarship. [Laughing] I think I almost hung up on him so I could call my mom. I asked my mom if I should take it and she said I would... she told me I was going to take it... that I was going to commit."

    Wolff called back coach Bridge to inform him that he would like to verbally commit to NC State.

    "I couldn't believe it," Wolff said. "I always wanted to be offered by somebody, but I never thought it would be State. I wasn't thinking I would go D-1 big like that because no one had been talking to me. I ended up going... I always thought I could play at that level but I didn't think I would get the chance to."

    Wolff certainly earned his chance. While attending NC State's three-day camp in June, he was the buzz amongst fellow campers and counselors. At 6-foot and 190 pounds, he dominated drills, rotating between tailback, wide receiver, and defensive back, and continued to make play after play during seven-on-sevens.

    "It was after the first day and we started doing 7-on-7's that I noticed they were really starting to look at me," said Wolff. "That's when I really started to impress them, and I could tell the coaches were looking at me... following me around to see what I could do.

    "There were players out there from State calling me Randy Moss when I was playing receiver, and a lot of the other players at camp were coming up asking me what school I go to."

    After committing to coach Bridge, Wolff spoke with Tom O'Brien, but it wasn't the first time he had talked with the NC State head coach.

    "There were players out there from State calling me Randy Moss."

    "I talked to coach O'Brien at the end of the camp when my mom, dad and little brother came to pick me up," said Wolff. "He was real nice, and I talked to him after I committed too.

    "That's what got my mom was when she talked to him after I committed and he talked about integrity. He talked about what a commitment means to all of us. My mom is in the military, so she told me that no matter who else offers me I'm going to State."

    "Both of my parents are in the military and my older brother is going into the Navy. She likes coach O'Brien a lot because of his military background."

    Wolff noticed that a few schools started to come around after he committed to the Wolfpack, particularly another in-state program.

    "Schools started to come at me kind of hard after I committed to State," he said. "[North] Carolina and coach Thigpen came at me hard. He was texting me a lot and just telling me how they needed a big-time back and how State had Brandon Barnes. He was trying to get me to come up to their three-day camp, but I didn't go.

    "I told him I couldn't take it because NC State had offered me and I had committed. He just said okay."

    Why did Wolff decide to jump on his first scholarship offer and end the recruiting process so early?

    "I've liked the school, and it just seems like a good place for me," he stated. "Most people like to go to college close to home, and I wanted to do that.

    "I'm close to my family and I know they can come see me play there. I'm just ready now for the season to start and State's season to start so I can get up there to the games. I want to see what that is like."

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    Check back tomorrow for Part II of Pack Pride's exclusive feature on NC State commitment Earl Wolff ...


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