Pinecrest DL Has Pack Out Front

Southern Pines (NC) Pinecrest defensive lineman Blade Shoop was on hand for NC State's matchup with South Carolina and Pack Pride has his thoughts on the trip.

Southern Pines, N.C. two-way lineman Blade Shoop recently transferred from Southern Lee to Pinecrest, and the talented youngster is hoping the move pays off for him in the long-run.

That would mean Shoop improves his game with a new staff and teammates enough to earn the kind of offers he has been looking for.

So far his team is off to an excellent start. Pinecrest is 3-0 on the year with victories by the margins of 41-20, 41-0 and 42-18.

"I've improved a lot since I've been at Pinecrest," Shoop explained. "Playing at Pinecrest has been a great thing ... a great move. I've gotten a lot better. The coaches have improved my 40-time and condition-wise I can run both sides of the ball without being gassed. I've improved my strength and my bench is up to 355 pounds. I've just been really happy about my performance. Coming into this last Friday I was the second-leading tackler on the team with 19 tackles."

That kind of motor is what some colleges coaches have found so intriguing about Shoop. The 6-foot-4, 290-pound lineman is also receiving some looks because of that versatility as well.

While Shoop knows there's really nothing he can do until his first offer comes in, he has a good idea of who he wants to hear more from.

"I'd say I'm leaning heavily towards NC State," he explained. "I'm really hoping they offer. They asked me not too long ago for my highlight tape. My coach has been working on that so hopefully I'll be able to send that out soon. I went to their game Thursday since they invited me to watch."

How did Shoop enjoy his time in Carter-Finley Stadium?

"I really liked it. It was a great experience. I'm glad they let me be on the field during the warm-ups. It was cool being next to the defensive linemen. It was really cool being next to guys I've looked up to. To be on the field was just awesome. I loved the atmosphere. Even though they lost the student section was so into the game."

Shoop told Pack Pride has also received heavy interest from South Florida and ECU. He regularly receives mail from UCLA.

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