Private schools don't typically generate as much recruiting interest as their public counterparts. However, that certainly doesn't mean that talent doesn't exist there. One player out to prove just that is Charleston (SC) Porter Gaud School standout Stanton Seckinger.
The 6-5, 200 pound wide receiver runs in the 4.65-second range and is a matchup nightmare for smaller defensive backs. As a junior Seckinger hauled in an impressive 58 catches for 1,097 yards and nine touchdowns en route to all-state honors. In addition to his exploits on the gridiron, the rising senior is also a basketball and track standout for Porter Gaud.
Although his recruiting started somewhat slowly, business has picked up significantly over the last several weeks for Seckinger. For NC State's part, their efforts in South Carolina are headed up by tight end's coach Jim Bridge and he rarely misses on talent in the Palmetto State. Seckinger talked about landing his first scholarship offer.
"Well, I went to some camps last year and I think that may have gotten my name out there," he said. "Then I got my highlight tape together and sent it to a bunch of schools. A bunch of schools came through during the spring but I never heard from NC State so I wasn't sure if they were really interested or not.
"Then coach Bridge called and said they really liked me on film, he liked my style of play and he was coming down to see me. So he showed up the last week of spring practice and told me he wanted to offer and so he offered right there. I was really excited about that and it was nice to get an offer from a big, ACC school."
Seckinger made a trip to Raleigh a little over a week ago to see NC State first hand and said he loved the initial impressions of the Wolfpack.
"I got up there and met with coach Bridge," said Seckinger. "He's a great guy and I really enjoy him. He introduced me to the rest of the coaching staff- coach O'Brien, coach Bible and some of the other coaches. They're all great guys and he took me around to all the facilities which are brand new. They're really impressive facilities.
"He also took me around some of the campus and that was unique in that the campus has the college town feel to it but Raleigh is real close by so you've got a big city there as well. So you get a little bit of both and I really enjoyed it."
In addition to NC State, Furman has also offered and Clemson entered the mix after an impressive camp showing by Seckinger at the Tiger's football camp. That workout led to Seckinger's third offer.
"I went to Clemson's camp and the last day after camp they came up and said they liked what I did at camp. They told me that they wanted to offer but I think they had already given out all their scholarships so all they could give me was a grey shirt offer. But they said they were impressed with me at camp."
With three offers now under his belt, Seckinger said he's treating each the same currently and has yet to formulate a favorite's list.
"I don't have any favorites," he said. "If any schools offer me then they have interest in me and I'm going to have interest in them. Obviously, three schools have offered me and I've visited all of their campuses, all of them are nice and the coaching staffs at all three are great. They're all schools I wouldn't mind going to so it just a matter of picking which school is the best fit for me."
So when would Seckinger like to get recruiting out of the way?
"I would like to maybe commit before my senior season but it's one of those things where this is a huge decision that will affect the next four years of my life. But I want to be sure and if I'm not sure I'm not going to rush things."
With a couple of offers in tow from South Carolina schools, will distance be a hindrance to NC State efforts? Seckinger said that would have no bearing on his final decision.
"Distance-wise for me is that I want my parents to be able to watch me," he said. "The fact that State is 45 minutes to an hour more drive is not really a big deal as long as my parents can come watch me play so I'm fine with it."
Seckinger said he hopes to major in either marketing or business but is exploring a potential major in engineering as well. He said he definitely plans to return to NC State this fall for a game.
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