Scout Rating: ***
Scout Rank: #12 Center
Size: 6-3.5, 280
Hometown: Marietta, GA
High School: Lassiter High School
Accolades: Rivals.com ranks him as the No. 3 center in the nation and the No. 58 prospect overall in Georgia…Ranked by ESPN as the No. 16 center in the country…AP all-state and all-county selection as a senior…Received a B+ rating from the Atlanta Journal Constitution...Father, Jeff, was an all-american swimmer at Arkansas...Helped Marietta to a 9-3 record in the fall…Did not give up a sack all season as a senior.
Commit Date: 12/21/2008
Recruiting Scene: There were a lot of twists and turns in the recruitment of Camden Wentz. An excellent student, he originally committed to Stanford before backing out of that decision in October. Stanford was the first school to offer him and that weighed heavily on his mind back then. At the time NC State was not one of the schools at the top of his list. In December his decision ultimately came down to NC State and Louisville. Wentz visited those two schools on consecutive weekends but ultimately came away more impressed with the Wolfpack program and the resume of offensive line coach Don Horton. Wentz called the NC State coaching staff and informed them of his decision while on the way home from his official visit.
Why NCSU? "What it came down to for me was the history that coach O'Brien and coach Horton have with putting players in the NFL. That was what really triggered it. I couldn't find a separating point between NC State and Louisville. They seemed to be very similar to each other.
"If I had gone to Louisville I would have had a chance to play as a freshman but at State I have a chance to play as a redshirt freshman because they have two centers right now but they're both redshirt juniors. So after they graduate there will be a chance for me after my redshirt year to compete to play. I don't have a problem redshirting because the offensive line is the toughest position to make the jump from high school to college because the speed and strength is so much different. So, being redshirted for me is probably a good thing."
ESPN Evaluation: Wentz is one of the most technically sound offensive centers in the 2009 class. He is built for the position and can play with good leverage. Can snap and step at the same time. Comes out of his stance low and with a flat back. Can zone step to the front side of the play showing the athletic ability to pick up a shaded nose guard. Has little trouble continuing up to the second level after the initial zone reach; picks up linebacker as he finishes the play.
Blocks back with precision getting hat and hands on the defensive tackle; maintains body position and doesn't let backside defender cross his face. Leg drive is consistent on all blocks; stays after defensive player till the whistle blows. Shows athleticism and mobility getting downfield; works to get an extra block.
Excellent post man on the double team; stands middle guard up so teammate can help in driving opponent off the line of scrimmage. Solid pass protector that uses hands effectively in stopping and then controlling the pass rusher. Really is a fighter and with a little more lower body strength, can become an outstanding blocker in terms of pass protection. Wentz is a very good offensive center that is a real technician and along with having a motor that never quits.