Dwayne Maddox's commitment to NC State last summer was the first of several high profile verbal commitments the Pack landed prior to the start of fall practice. While State struggled to a 5-7 record this season, Maddox's commitment never wavered and now he's counting down the days until his arrival in Raleigh. This past weekend, the 6-2, 220 pound linebacker from Crest (Shelby, NC) High School made his official visit to NC State.
"It was great," said Maddox. "I got to hang out with the players at the College Inn and eat at a couple of new restaurants that I hadn't been to before. I was also able to spend some time with the coaches and that was nice. They're all very down to earth so that was fun. In all, it was just a very good experience."
Maddox was hosted by Wolfpack WR Steven Howard. While State is just a little over a week removed from the end of the 2007 season, the senior ‘backer said that the Wolfpack players are already looking forward to 2008.
"They all seemed like they've put it (last season) behind them," said Maddox. "They were all talking about working hard this off-season to get ready for next year. They were letting me know that I need to be ready to work hard when I get there because we want to make it to the ACC championship game next year."
One factor that has made Maddox an even more attractive prospect is that he has been working towards enrolling in January.
"I'm kind of undecided on my major but it will probably be either sports management or communications. My plan is still to enroll in January."
Maddox was rated a three-star prospect and the No. 12 middle linebacker in the nation by Scout.com and the No. 8 player in North Carolina by PackPride.com.
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
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