Three NC State commitments for the class of 2010 squared off last Friday night. S Pete Singer and OL Rob Crisp lined up for Athens Drive while DL/OL Fre’Shad Hunter suited up for Cary. The game proved to be a thriller with Athens Drive coming from behind to defeat the Imps, 34-28. Each of the Wolfpack commitments played key roles for their respective teams and Pack Pride breaks down how each performed.
Singer proved to be the workhorse and most active defender for Athens Drive which was a little surprising since he essentially plays center field for the Jaguars. However, what really stuck out was his ability to maneuver traffic and put himself in position to make a play. Singer showed that he wasn’t afraid to throw his body into a tackle and made several nice stops.
When all was said and done we had Singer unofficially with 11 tackles including one tackle for loss and one pass breakup. He also plays on kickoff and punt return although we didn’t get the stats for his reps at those positions.
As for his future, Singer obviously will need to add significant bulk to compete at the college level. He’s not strong enough to arm tackle at this point and has to hit the ball carrier square to make a tackle. On one play that Cary took for a 63 yard touchdown run, Singer took a bad angle which left an open field for the running back to score. On the positive side, Singer is a good athlete and moves fluidly. He doesn’t shy away from contact and at least against Cary, seemed to be around the ball more so than any other defender.
The much anticipated matchup between Hunter and Crisp happened but certainly not the way most expected. When the two finally did face off, Hunter was at right offensive tackle with Crisp lining up at defensive tackle. On the very first snap, Hunter chop blocked Crisp although it wasn’t done maliciously- it simply happened in the course of the play.
Hunter spent the entire night at offensive tackle and it was quite entertaining watching him perform. There was very little technique involved and was something akin to a bull in a china shop. Hunter simply looked for the nearest defender to maul and then went after him. He played the position like a defensive end attacking an offensive lineman. For the most part it was effective as he laid key blocks in two Cary touchdown runs of 60+ yards.
As was the case when we scouted him over the summer, the thing that really jumps out is Hunter’s motor. He goes all out on every play and plays to the whistle. This is an attribute that the Wolfpack coaches will love and should earn him playing time for State down the road.
We only saw Hunter play defense for two snaps and that was when Athens Drive was in a goal line situation. On the first play he hit the gap perfectly and dropped the ball carrier at the line of scrimmage. Hunter was not a factor on the second play as Athens Drive went in for the score.
If you weren’t familiar with Crisp before the game it didn’t take long to figure out who he was once the players trotted out onto the field. Crisp is simply huge. He towered above every other player on the field and physically, looks college-ready right now.
At offensive tackle, we saw much of what we had seen of Crisp in the past. He has tremendous footwork and is nearly impossible to beat off the edge. Out of roughly 30 or so opportunities, we saw the opposing defensive end get by Crisp twice although he didn’t register a sack on either. Crisp has the unnatural ability to redirect in a split second and anticipate what the defensive end is going to do. He rarely gets out of position and because of his size and wing span, is virtually impossible to get around on the high school level.
If there’s any part of his game that could be improved it’s run blocking. However, this goes with the caveat that Crisp has played virtually his entire high school career in a spread offense. He will need to work on driving the defender off the ball better and staying with the play longer. Crisp had a tendency to engage his man and then let up. That will be easily correctable once he gets to NC State.
In all, Crisp showed why he is one of the nation’s elite while still boasting quite a bit of upside.