After impressing the NC State coaching staff with a phenomenal performance at the Pack's football camp over the summer, safety Earl Wolff wasted little time in accepting State's scholarship offer afterwards.
Wolff stayed true to the Pack despite a difficult 2007 season and heavy interest from in-state rival UNC. While he had made several unofficial trips to State in the past, he told Pack Pride that none of those could compare to his experience in Raleigh during his official visit this past weekend.
"It went real well," said Wolff. "I liked it a lot because I'm only doing one visit and it was to State. I really like a lot of the players. I got to know most of them. I really like the coaching staff. I just really liked it up there.
"It really made my decision solid because I went up there for camp and I liked that a lot but I just loved the visit and I didn't know it was going to be like that. I knew it was going to be real good but it was better than I expected."
Wolff shared some of the highlights from his visit.
"Man, where do I start. Well, I had my own hotel room. We ate at some really nice restaurants that I had never heard of before. They showed us around campus and talked about academics- which is the main part of college. They showed us how they do their different team meetings. I went to the DB meetings because I'll probably be playing safety when I get up there. Me and coach Reed talked about some things and watched some film."
While getting his first in-depth look at NC State, Wolff didn't waste the opportunity to try to sell the Wolfpack to a couple of potential prospects. He hit it off particularly well with South Carolina LB Sterling Lucas.
"Justin Byers hosted me," said Wolff. "Leon Mackey was up there and I talked to him a couple of times. Quinton Coples, I talked to him. But me and Sterling Lucas, I was talking to him a lot. Dwayne Maddox was his host. Justin and Dwayne were together the whole time so me and Sterling were together a lot. Me and Sterling, we talked about everything. We had a good time and I think that he'll come to State. He still has some visits to go to but I have his phone number. I got his phone number the first day we were up there so we had a very good time."
Wolff has been rated a three-star prospect by Scout.com and the No. 22 player in North Carolina by Pack Pride.
Coach Quote: "Earl is very explosive. Anytime he can break a long run, and he is always making great plays on defense. He really flew under the radar.
"[He] is just a great kid and a fierce competitor. 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.
|"Earl is very explosive."|
"He has great closing speed and he's going to blow up once he gets on the training table and a college weight program. I think he brings a lot to the table as a free safety. He has a nose for the football, and he will really come up and hit you. He's so big, quick, and physical, we're going to probably use him some at outside linebacker this year. We play a lot of cover three and he will be able to drop back there and cover easily.
"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." -- Raeford (NC) Hoke County head coach Greg Bryant
Scouting Report: "Earl Wolff from Hoke County High School is another prospect with a ton of potential. He is extremely well-developed for his age.
"Wolff has several attributes that helped him an offer from NC State earlier this summer. He has a very impressive initial burst of speed and that is apparent when lining up at running back, on kick returns or at safety. At running back, he shows no hesitation in hitting it upfield and displays a solid burst at the line of scrimmage.
"On defense, Wolff does a tremendous job of closing on a receiver when the ball is in the air and doesn't shy away from contact. He has dependable hands and his overall athleticism makes him a candidate for offense or defense once he gets to college although safety may be his most likely destination.
"Wolff is still rather raw and, as a result, has a ton of upside. The fact that he is so versatile will likely have the Wolfpack coaches smiling when he arrives in Raleigh next year." -- Recruiting Analyst Steve Williams
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