Ardrey Kell (Charlotte, NC) LB Prince Shembo landed his first offer nearly seven months ago and has seen that total gradually increase ever since. NC State was the first to pledge a scholarship to the rising senior but recently, Shembo hit a dozen offers when three new schools jumped into the mix. Pack Pride spoke with the 3-star prospect this past weekend and he gave the latest on his recruitment.
“Two weeks ago I picked up offers from Tennessee, Vanderbilt and UNC. So, I think going to that Nike Camp where they were able to evaluate me really helped a lot.”
So who are the top schools right now for Shembo headed into the summer camp season?
“UNC, Tennessee, Wake Forest, Virginia Tech, Notre Dame and NC State are some of my top schools right now,” said Shembo.”
He also talked a little more in-depth about the two in-state schools on his favorite’s list.
“With UNC, coach Davis has been recruiting me a lot with his defensive coordinator. They want me to be like that rush linebacker that drops a little bit and can show my abilities. That’s what I like.”
Shembo said he also likes what he’s seen of NC State while his recruiting coach, tight end’s coach Jim Bridge has made a positive impression as well.
“They’re building their program back and trying to get back on the map like when they used to have Adrian Wilson and Mario Williams. I like what they’re doing with their defensive ends and outside linebackers. I could be able to pass rush which is what I like.
“Coach Bridge is recruiting me and he’s a funny guy. He talks about a lot of stuff. It’s not all about football. They seem like they’re family oriented over there.”
Shembo said he is unsure of which camps he’ll attend over the summer. He said that’s something he and his dad will talk about in the weeks to come.
As for a time line to make a decision, Shembo said there’s a possibility that could come over the summer.
“Me and my dad just sat down last week and had a meeting about trying to commit before the season starts but I don’t know if my dad has something else planned so whatever he decides, we’ll do.”
As a junior, Shembo tallied 90 tackles, 10 sacks, two interceptions, two fumbles caused and one fumble recovered. He is rated the No. 67 defensive end in the nation by Scout.com.