NC State’s football camp will kick off Friday and as is the case every year, the event will boast several prospects already holding an NC State offer as well as many that will be working out in the hopes of earning one.
Camp O’Brien will begin on Friday for a three day session with a one day break afterwards before the start of the second three day session next week. Pack Pride will be in attendance to report on all the news and kicks off our coverage with a preview article detailing several of the prospects expected to be in attendance.
What once appeared to be a spirited battle for the Wolfpack’s offer at quarterback never materialized, at least between two of the apparent front runners. Waynesville (NC) QB Tyler Brosius and El Cajon (CA) QB Pete Thomas both made verbal commitments before the Pack had a chance to full evaluate their options.
Now, Sumter’s (SC) Stephen Curtis and Boca Raton’s Eddie Sullivan will be two of the top candidates that have stated they’ll be in attendance. Curtis is a prototypical drop-back QB still working for his first offer while Sullivan brings less size but added mobility to the position. Sullivan does boast a handful of offers and both of these players will get a long look from NC State offensive coordinator Dana Bible.
Powder Spring’s (GA) standout ATH Synjyn Days will be given an opportunity to work out at QB as well although his best position may be at safety. The Pack has been very near the forefront of his favorite’s list since a junior day visit earlier in the year. It remains to be seen whether Days has the skills to receive an offer at QB but we wouldn’t be surprised to see State offer as an athlete. The Wolfpack will also be evaluating Days younger brother who may also be in attendance. He will be a junior this season.
Johnson City (NY) DT Daquan Jones already boasts a Wolfpack offer and a trip to camp would be huge for State’s chances. He has stated his intentions to attend and will definitely be one of the major players Pack Pride will be tracking.
Another defensive tackle on the board that will be looking to make a name for himself is Pinecrest’s Blade Shoop. The 6-4, 290 pound lineman has been off the recruiting radar this spring but will hope to change that with his workout in Raleigh. Should his performance be worthy of a Pack offer, it likely won’t take Shoop long to pull the trigger on a commitment.
Matthews (NC) DT Darius Kilgo has impressed all spring at the various combines and he’s secured several scholarship offers along the way. He is another front runner for an offer and someone that defensive line coach Keith Willis will likely watch closely during drills. Look for the Pack to move up should they decide to offer.
Logan Stewart of Boiling Springs (SC) and Kalon Davis from Chester (SC) are two of the better offensive line targets expected to attend. Stewart has been high on State for quite a while but a recent offer from South Carolina may have raised the bar. He is a player that we feel has quite a bit of potential to come away with an offer.
Davis already reportedly boasts a Wolfpack offer so getting him on campus should help the Pack’s chances. It will be tough to drag him out of the state of South Carolina so selling State’s recent success in the Palmetto State may be key.
Southern Durham’s Tony Creecy will drop by State this weekend after a busy couple of weeks. He likely will pass on work outs and just visit although the trip will be important to reestablish ties to the State coaching staff after visiting so many schools over the past few weeks. This could be a critical period with Creecy. The window is open for a potential commitment over the next couple of weeks but if that time passes, it could be much later in the process before he reaches a decision.
Woodberry Forest (VA) S Ed Reynolds will be in town for the first day of camp although it is unclear whether he will work out. This will be a crucial visit for NC State to establish themselves among Reynolds’ top schools as he boasts offers from UNC, Duke, Virginia and Stanford in addition to the Pack.
Stay tuned this weekend as Pack Pride will have daily updates from camp with all the news and reports on how the various prospects have performed.