Pack Offers, Moves Up for In-state LB

One could argue that the class of 2011 will boast the deepest group of college caliber linebackers- perhaps ever, in the state of North Carolina. One player clearly in that group is Winterville (NC) South Central LB Montese Overton. Pack Pride has the latest on his interest in NC State.

One could argue that the class of 2011 will boast the deepest group of college caliber linebackers- perhaps ever, in the state of North Carolina. One player clearly in that group is Winterville (NC) South Central LB Montese Overton.

Listed at 6-1, 195 pounds, Overton is a sleek athlete that put up solid numbers at a Shrine Bowl combine held earlier this year. He recorded a 4.52-second 40-yard dash, 4.36-second pro shuttle, 27.9-inch vertical jump and 14 reps of 185 pounds on the bench press.

Overton lined up at both middle and outside linebacker as a junior and finished 2009 with 62 tackles and six sacks while helping South Central to a 8-4 record.

Pack Pride spoke with Overton recently and he gave us the latest on his recruiting.

"Everything is going real good. My latest offer was from NC State. It's a good feeling knowing that State wants me to be on their team. I've also got East Carolina, Duke and Arkansas.

"I'm going up to Carolina on Friday for a junior day. They said they want to see my size and everything but they've got to see me work out and perform at camp and I guess they'll make their decision then (whether they're going to offer)."

Overton's latest offer came from NC State and the rising senior seemed impressed with the interest shown by Wolfpack defensive line coach Keith Willis.

"Coach Willis came down and saw me," said Overton. "He saw my size and watched some of my film and offered me on the spot. He saw the way I performed and I never stopped on the plays so I guess that just clicked in his mind, ‘I got to have him.' He's a good coach. He wants to win and he gets the best people to win and that's the kind of coach I'd like to be with if they decide to sign me on signing day.

"I'm going to try to go over to State for a visit. They said they've already offered me so I don't need to come to their camp."

UNC was the undisputed leader for Overton earlier in the year and they are still a major factor although their hesitancy to offer may have dropped them back a notch or two.

"My top schools right now are State, UNC, Arkansas and East Carolina.

"Carolina was on top but me and my coach were kind of wondering if they're sure about me because some schools have offered and they haven't. We've just got to see."

So, has any other school risen to the top of Overton's list and when does he plan to get recruiting out of the way?

"I don't have a particular favorite. I'm just going through the motions and living high school. Me and my coach thought signing day would be the best. I could commit (early) but someone else may decide to offer and I might like them so I'm going to wait and see my options."




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