Summer camps give college coaches a great opportunity to evaluate prospects for a potential offer and one player definitely hoping to impress the NC State staff this coming weekend is Southern Pines (NC) Pinecrest High School defensive lineman Blade Shoop.
Because he missed most of the spring combines, Shoop has been an unknown on the recruiting circuit. However, his production as a junior has attracted the interest of schools like Duke, NC State, South Carolina, South Florida, UCLA and Wake Forest although he is still awaiting his first scholarship offer.
At 6-4, 290 pounds, Shoop tallied 68 tackles and 26 tackles for loss in 2008 en route to all-conference honors while playing for Southern Lee High School. Equally strong in the class room, the rising senior was also named academic all-conference.
One school that has taken a keen interest in Shoop’s potential is NC State. The Pack has shown the most interest up to this point and will be evaluating him closely at their upcoming camp. Shoop talked about his interest in State.
“I like what coach Archer has told me and what I’ve seen there,” he said. “He’s sent me some handwritten notes, plus, I just like the way they run things at State. Another thing I like is that, I’ve visited about six or seven other schools, and academic-wise- it would probably be that school because I like them best. I plan on majoring in marketing.”
So would a possible commit be in the works should the Wolfpack decide to spring on an offer?
“Because no school has offered yet and NC State seems the most interested, they keep in contact with me the most and I feel they’re my best fit. So, if they were to offer, they’d be my top school right now.
“With what is going on, me and my dad have talked it over and we’d probably go ahead and commit because of the school, so it would probably be a yes answer pretty quick.”
Shoop added that he hopes to hit a couple of one day camps in July although he’s unsure of exactly which ones he’ll be attending.
Stay tuned as Pack Pride will have much more on Shoop after his workout at NC State’s camp.