Official Visit Weekend Preview

Official visits are critical for every school's recruiting efforts and NC State will host at least three prospects this weekend, including one current commitment. Pack Pride takes a look at the visitors that will be in Raleigh.

Pack Pride takes a look at the official visitors that are scheduled to be in Raleigh this weekend. Check back with Pack Pride later in the weekend as we gather feedback from this weekend's visitors.


Dwayne Maddox...6-2, 220 pounds, 4.58 in the 40...Crest High School, Shelby, NC

Maddox Notables: Rated No. 8 in the state according to Pack Pride, Maddox tallied 110 tackles during his junior season and followed that up with a strong senior year. The 6-foot-2, 220-pound prospect committed to the Wolfpack over offers from North Carolina, Clemson, Alabama, East Carolina, and South Carolina among others.

A tough linebacker prospect, Maddox will be in Raleigh this weekend and is a firm commitment. He projects as a full qualifier and is on pace to enroll early at NC State.

Scouting Report: "Maddox plays in the middle and is at his best when things come to him. Maddox defeats blocks and goes and gets the ball. He fills the hole tremendously well and super quick in getting through the gap to get to the ball carrier. Maddox is a big hitter that plays until the whistle blows. He plays well laterally and will chase the play no matter where on the field. Maddox is big, physical and very aggressive."

Coach Quote: "What separates him is the speed deal – he can fly. He runs a 4.6 [40-yard dash time] every time you clock him. He's probably going to get even faster this year, because he's running track.

"He doesn't weigh as much as [former Crest prep All-Americans Shamar Finney and Brandon Spikes] right now -- probably when he graduates he'll weigh 230 -- but he still has somewhere between nine and ten solo [tackles] every game. He's a player." -- Crest head coach Roy Kirby


Jr. Film: LB #51 Dwayne Maddox Video 1 -


Jr. Film: LB #51 Dwayne Maddox Video 2 -


Jr. Film: LB #51 Dwayne Maddox Video 3 -


Jr. Film: LB #51 Dwayne Maddox Video 4 -


Jr. Film: LB #51 Dwayne Maddox Video 5 -


Sam Jones...6-5, 300 pounds, 5.0 in the 40...Hargrave Military Academy, (Cary, NC)

Jones Notables: Few prospects pass the look test like Sam Jones and he is realizing his amazing potential this year at Hargrave Military Academy.

Jones, who played his high school football at Fuquay-Varina (NC) High, originally committed to NC State but had to attend Hargrave after failing to qualify. He enrolled a sleeper recruit and has emerged as a four-star prospect who continues to earn scholarship offers.

He now has offers from NC State, Florida State, Kent State, Akron, Marshall, UTEP, and East Carolina, and you have to believe NC State is in great shape. His family now lives in Cary and Jones was on campus two times last week for unofficial visits.

Jones is a big-time prospect with the potential you don't find in many offensive linemen. He has all the athleticism and size you look for, and he is also a high-character kid.

Jones Quote: "I met coach O'Brien and the new staff. They are great guys. They are new faces, but they are open with you. They are real. They will tell you straight up. Coach Willis will tell you like it is whether you like it or you don't. They are great coaches but even better people."

High School Scouting Report: "The future for Sam Jones from Fuquay Varina (NC) High School is all about potential. At 6-5, 270 pounds and boasting 5.2-second speed in the 40, Jones has a ready-made college frame now and he moves extremely well for his size.

"He shows good flexibility and his long arms make him a perfect match for a future at offensive tackle. However, at this early stage of his career, Jones is probably much more polished and appears more comfortable at defensive tackle. He will need work hammering down his technique at offensive tackle, but he has all the tools to become a force at that position down the road.

"Jones is just 16 years old, and he won't turn 17 until October, meaning he will play half his true freshman season as a 17-year old. His body is still maturing, and he is year younger physically, and as a football player, when compared to his high school counterparts.

"All of the physical tools are there. Jones will simply need time and experience to evolve into the type of lineman that the NC State coaches envision." -- Pack Pride Recruiting Analyst Steve Williams


High School Film: OT #68 Sam Jones -


Post-Grad Film: OT #68 Sam Jones -


Nick Becton...6-6, 290 pounds, 5.1 in the 40...New Hanover High School, Wilmington, NC

Becton Notables: Like Jones, Becton has a really high ceiling as a prospect. A massive offensive lineman, Becton has just completed his second year of ever playing football, so obviously he is still raw, but he has all the tools to be a dominant lineman on the next level.

At 6-foot-6 and 290 pounds, Becton has great feet and athleticism. A starter on his high school basketball team, Becton recently broke a backboard in a game. He moves extremely well and college programs have taken notice.

So far he has picked up offers from NC State, Virginia Tech, Penn State, Clemson, East Carolina, South Carolina, Maryland and Alabama among others.

Two former teammates, George Bryan and Jimmaul Simmons, are already at NC State and some feel Becton is a silent lean to the Wolfpack. However, he is very quiet and hasn't stated anything publicly to suggest he has a leader. Also, Becton is strong in the classroom, sporting a GPA over 4.0, and he is already fully qualified.

Coach Quote: "He's only played football for one year, so he's very raw. On film when you see him, fundamentally and technically he's not very good. But you take any kid in America that has played just one year of football and they will be that way. However, he has the potential to be a D'Brickashaw Ferguson.

"He's 6'7, 284 pounds, and he's very athletic. He's been a basketball player all of his life, and when you see him run the floor you see he has unbelievable feet. He has a long wingspan... he's the real deal.

"I've been a lot of places and I've seen a lot of kids, and he is raw, but athletically he has got to be one of the most, potential-wise, talented kids in the southeast." -- Wilmington (NC) New Hanover head coach Kevin Motsinger

Scouting Report: "At 6-6, 290 pounds, New Hanover OL Nick Becton towers over the field and, physically, is exactly what college scouts are looking for in an offensive tackle. His long frame and tremendous wingspan make it nearly impossible for opposing to defenders to get around. Becton has good initial quickness and pulls well on running plays. Because of his superior size and strength, he consistently dominates smaller players on the high school level.

"While he has the physical tools, Becton continues to learn the technical aspects of playing offensive line. He sometimes misses assignments and will have to learn to play with his pads lower but those issues are easily correctable. Becton will also need to become more aggressive and that should happen as he gets more comfortable with playing the position.

"The bottom line with Becton is potential. As he matures and becomes more experienced, he has everything a player needs to become a stellar college offensive lineman." --Recruiting Analyst Steve Williams


Sr. Film: OT #76 Nick Becton - Video 1 -


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