Townsend Hopes for an Offer

Hope Mills (NC) South View quarterback DeShean Townsend is coming off a strong junior season where he posted above-average statistics in his team's pro-style offense.

Hope Mills (NC) South View quarterback DeShean Townsend is coming off a strong junior year where he posted above-average statistics in his team's pro-style offense.

In his first season as a starter, Townsend passed for over 2,000 yards and 23 touchdowns with just five interceptions. He added another four scores rushing and for his efforts he was named first-team All-Cape Fear Region and Two Rivers Conference Offensive Player-of-the-Year.

"We threw it a little more than most people that run [the offense]," South View head coach Randy Ledford previously told Inside Carolina. "But with somebody like [Townsend] back there, we're going to throw it not just when we have to; we're going to throw it early.

"[Townsend] made a lot of real good decisions. He didn't have but five interceptions on the year and threw for 23 touchdowns – that was what we needed more than anything. A lot of times you can throw for a lot of touchdown passes and have a lot of interceptions, and they counteract one another.

"His size, I think, helps him with that a lot. He can see the whole field being as tall as he is."

"I thought I had a good year," said Townsend. "I just tried to make the right decisions and do what's best for my team. I didn't make many mistakes passing the ball, and I didn't try to really force anything."

At 6-foot-4 and 215 pounds, Townsend has ideal size for the quarterback position. He considers himself a drop-back passer and is looking forward to his senior season.

"I think we can have a good year," he said. "We're working hard in the weight room and all of us want to have a good season. We're just trying to get bigger, faster, and stronger."

Despite his success and physical attributes, Townsend's recruitment has yet to take off. However, he has managed to visit two programs.

"I went to a Junior Day at South Carolina and I went to a Junior Day at [NC] State," he said. "They were both pretty nice. I had fun at South Carolina... I thought they had a nice stadium and stuff, but I liked NC State better.

"At NC State they gave us a really big tour, and I got to see everything. I really liked their coaches and I really liked the facilities."

NC State tight ends coach Jim Bridge is recruiting Townsend for the Wolfpack.

"He's a cool guy," Townsend said of Bridge. "He just tells me to keep working hard."

Although he has yet to receive a scholarship offer, Townsend already has a leader.

"My favorite is NC State," he said. "I like State a lot right now. I think a lot about going there... I went up for the football game against East Carolina, and I went to a bowl game practice. I just like it there."

NC State's staff has made it a point to see all quarterbacks in camp before extending a scholarship offer. Two years ago, Mike Glennon walked away with a scholarship offer and quickly committed. Last year it was in-state product Everett Proctor, who also committed and signed with the Wolfpack.

Townsend says that he is looking forward to attending the Wolfpack's camp. According to him, if NC State extended a scholarship offer, he would accept it.

"NC State hasn't offered me yet because they want me to come to their football camp," he said. "They have a one-day camp they want me to come throw for them at... the coaches said that's how they basically decide which quarterback to offer.

"If they offered me at their camp I would commit. I've been going up there, and it is a nice place. In talking with them, everything sounds good and I like the direction they are heading. Another plus for me is that they are close to home."

Over the weekend, Townsend will attend either NC State's spring game or the Shrine Bowl combine held at Butler High School.

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