In 2002, Coach Amato and staff had to borrow a few players from the defensive line to field a properly stocked offensive line. The 2003 recruiting season has seen the staff continue to fill offensive needs with big lineman. Big OLs like Derek Morris (Ht: 6-6 Wt: 342 40: 5.1), Luke Lathan (Ht: 6-5 Wt: 295 40: 5.2), Kalani Heppe (Ht: 6-4 Wt: 270 40: 5.1) and Yomi Ojo (Ht: 6-4 Wt: 315 40: 5.7) have already said they will step up and play for the Pack in 2003. On Sunday, Coach Amato found out he has more help coming, when Jerome Springfield (Ht: 6-8 Wt: 320 40: 5.3) let it be known, he was going to be a Wolfpacker.
TSW asked Jerome about his visit. "It was nice. I really liked the school and the program. They showed me around the campus and they showed me a good time. My host was Richard Washington."
We also wanted to know if the 6'8" big man had committed to the NC State while he was on his visit. "I committed. Coach told me if I come and worked to be outstanding, I could start as a freshman. He told me he would love to have me there. I have some work to do on my SAT and I am going to take it again. He wants me to get the score up before they offer me [a scholarship]."
Jerome was raised in a military family that traveled when he was young. He found the climate in Raleigh to be to his liking. "The weather was good there. I was raised in Germany and spent time in Kansas, so I like it cold. It was cold when I was there."
The highlight of the trip was at Carter-Finley when he was there with the other recruits. "I had fun running onto the field with the other guys. They had my name on the State jersey."
Springfield has been working on shoring up his academics this year. He transferred to LeHigh High School in order to get some extra classes. "I went to LeHigh to help with my grades. My GPA has been going up since I got here."
The Insiders has Jerome as a three star player and has received a national ranking as the 53rd best offensive lineman in the nation. LeHigh finished the season with a 8-2 record.