Pack Moving Up With Oakman?

Lansdown (PA) defensive end Shawn Oakman is a major target for NC State, and he recently received a visit from Wolfpack tailbacks coach Jason Swepson.

There are plenty of prospects that enter the college ranks with good size on a yearly basis, but few possess a frame like that of Shawn Oakman.

At 6-9 and 245-pounds, Oakman looks more like a power forward than a football player in some respects. As his frame continues to fill out he will only become more physically imposing, and his potential is vast.

About three months ago Pack Pride caught up with Oakman to find out the latest in his recruitment. We have spoken with him again, and NC State is still a school of interest.

"Coach Swepson came and visited (the school) the other day," Oakman said. "He had come up before to visit earlier in the year, too. We've spoken but probably only twice at most. He just came by the school to see me a little bit and leave camp information.

"I know NC State's coaches came over from Boston College. They turned Boston College around and they're going to try to find out if they can do it for NC State, too."

Oakman went on to say he plans on camping at NC State over the summer. He will likely stay for an extended period of time and allow that camp to double as an unofficial visit as well, just so he has a chance to take in the atmosphere around the campus and football program.
                            
"I plan on visiting Pittsburgh, UConn and Penn State also," he added.

He plans on making his decision between the middle of the summer and early September, as he would like to have the recruiting process behind him for most of his senior year as opposed to letting it drag on and become burdensome.

"I would say Penn State is (number) one, Pitt is two and NC State is three," Oakman added.

Oakman is currently rated a three-star prospect and the No. 31 defensive end in the nation by Scout.com. As a junior, he tallied 130 tackles, 17 sacks and forced four fumbles.

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