Signee Status: Earl Wolff

Pack Pride talks with 2008 signee Earl Wolff about his impending arrival to NC State. The Raeford (NC) Hoke County product is a talented athlete capable of playing a variety of positions.

As much of the recruiting focus shifts to the rising seniors in the class of 2009, the players that signed with NC State last February are just weeks away from arriving in Raleigh. Pack Pride will catch up with several of the signees over the next several weeks to see what they’ve been up to since signing day as well as their plans once their career with the Pack begins. Today we highlight safety Earl Wolff from Hoke County High School in Raeford, NC.

Summer football camps are always an important evaluation tool for any staff and that was certainly the case with Wolff. At 6-0, 190 pounds and boasting 4.5-second speed in the 40-yard dash, he was a virtual unknown on the recruiting trail before putting on a show at the Pack’s camp last June. He would subsequently land an offer from the Pack and committed to State within days.

As a senior, Wolff rushed for nearly 1,000 yards while collecting 89 tackles, 12 tackles for loss and five interceptions on defense.

"I've been working on my lower body a lot to improve my power and speed."

Earl, what have you been up to as you prepare for your arrival to NC State?

I’ve just been working hard. I work out Monday through Thursday and sometimes on Sunday. Sometimes I work out a couple times a day just trying to get prepared. I’ve been working on my lower body a lot to improve my power and my speed but most of the time I’m doing drills to work on my back pedal. I’ve been trying to get my hips real flexible.

At camp, you did a good job at both safety and wide receiver. Where do you expect to start your career with the Wolfpack?

I’m pretty sure I‘m going to start out at safety.

As a defensive back, coach Reed will be your position coach. What’s been your thoughts on him?

Coach Reed is a great coach. I talk to him a lot and in fact, I just talked to him on Saturday morning. They’re trying to get me in there early because I graduated on May 23. I’ve been out of school for a while so they’re trying to get me in there early so I can get to work.

Have they given you a report date yet?

Most all of the freshmen are reporting on July 6 but I would like to go up there early so I can get in more work.

What do you think the future holds for NC State football under coach O’Brien?

NC State is building right now. I predict every year we’re going to get better and better. I know I’m going to work hard so if I just work hard and prepare, I can help us get there.

Were there any other schools that jumped on you after your commitment to NC State?

Carolina tried to talk to me a couple of times, but I let them know I was going to NC State. Coach Thigpen was the coach they had talking to me.

What are you planning to major in once you get to NC State?

I’m planning to major in either Sports Management or Business.

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.

"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 [last] 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." -- Recruiting Analyst Steve Williams

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