In-State Sleeper Has Pack Out Front

Pack Pride has the latest on in-state safety Demetrius McKelvie after his visit to NC State for junior day.

Demetrius McKelvie from East Columbus High School in Waccamaw, NC is a talented two-sport star that has received early recruiting attention from NC State. In addition to his exploits as a defensive back, McKelvie is also a talented baseball player. However, it's his play on the gridiron that earned him two recent invitations to unofficially visit NC State.

At 6-3, 200 pounds, McKelvie certainly passes the look test. He came away with all-conference honors as a junior and is looking to do even more to help his Columbus squad in 2008.

"I played mostly safety this past season but next year I may play QB," said McKelvie. "I also played some wide receiver this past year. I really like playing safety and that's what most schools are recruiting me for."

While he's yet to land his first scholarship offer, McKelvie has attracted quite a bit of attention from most of the in-state schools. NC State, in particular, has spelled out exactly where they'd like to see McKelvie improve in order to land a Wolfpack offer.

"NC State, East Carolina, Duke, UNC- those are the ones talking to me the most," said McKelvie. "I haven't gotten any offers yet. State said they're going to sign two safeties next year and coach Reed said I need to work on filling the gaps more and coming up and hitting so I'm going to work on that next year and I hope they'll offer. I'm also trying to get a baseball offer where ever I go to college."

After visiting NC State for their basketball game with Duke a few weeks back, McKelvie made a return trip to Raleigh this past weekend for junior day. He indicated that the Wolfpack has definitely impressed him."

"I like State a lot," he said. "The coaches, they're real down to earth. Coach Reed, he's a great coach. He's a real cool guy and I like him a lot. I like the people up there and they have the nicest facilities I've ever been to. Coach Petercuskie is the guy recruiting me."

Although still early in the process, McKelvie continues to evaluate his options. However, one school has made a definite charge to the front of his favorite's list.

"NC State is number one right now and ECU would be second," he said. "Then Duke and probably Carolina."

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