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TOP PERFORMERS: Wolfpack Camp
NC State recently concluded its 2014 camp schedule and that resulted in scholarship offers to a host of prospects. Pack Pride takes a look back and gives an in-depth breakdown of 10 players that impressed the most during their time in Raleigh. WR Cornell Powell: He's tracking as one of the top players in his class and only solidified his reputation at camp. A muscular 6-2, 190 pounds, Powell ripped off a 4.45 40 and was dominant during one-on-ones. The corners on his side really just couldn't stay with him. He runs crisp routes, plucks the ball out of the air, and has the strength to win contested battles (when there were some). Wideouts coach Fris Jackson spent a lot of time coaching Powell, who already holds offers from NC State and several other high-major programs. He informed us that NC State is currently recruiting him the hardest, and he has a good relationship with high school teammate Kentavius Street. DB LaVert Hill: He didn't arrive with a lot of hype or buzz, but Hill was probably the top defensive back to camp at NC State this summer. He was unreal in one-on-ones, either picking off a pass or forcing an incompletion on nearly every rep. The State coaches (Frisman Jackson, Clayton White, and George Barlow) were raving about Hill during reps. He has great feet and showed very, very good ball skills. Hill, who has a brother that plays for Michigan, added offers from UNC. NC State, and Miami last week. More are sure to follow for the 2016 prospect. QB Jawon Pass: Regarded as arguably the top dual-threat passer in the 2016 class, Pass showed why during camp. His 40-time wasn't the greatest (4.95), but his skill-set was obvious during quarterbacok drills and one-on-ones. Big-time arm, accurate, great footwork, and a smooth release. He's a no-brainer and will be a national-level recruit. OL Harrison Gee: Another 2016 recruit with an early offer, the Burlington (NC) Williams OG/C was arguably the top lineman at camp. He was outstanding, and it was obvious that the staff holds him in high regard. The son of former Wolfpack lineman Mike Gee, Harrison is already nearly 6-foot-4 and 260 pounds and carries his weight extremely well. Technically, he's really good and has very good feet. All he needs to do is continue to add strength, something that will happen over his next two years in high school. Expect him to be a top priority for the Wolfpack. DT Michael Onwenu: Michael Onwenu was really impressive and arguably the top defensive lineman to participate in camp. A burly defensive tackle with quick feet and explosiveness, the 2016 prospect couldn't be stopped in one-on-ones and has a relentless motor. He'll be a big-time prospect, and is 4-star recruit. He already holds offers from Ohio State, NC State, UNC, and Miami among others. LB James Smith-Williams: Athleticism and upside... that describes Smith-Williams. An underrated recruit, the 2015 outside linebacker continues to add offers and picked up one from the Wolfpack after a standout performance. Smith-Williams is a rangy, athletic prospect that flows to the ball well. As he continues to fill he certainly has the potential into an every-down contributor on the FBS level. QB Dylan Parham: Listed at 6-5, 205 pounds Parham has everything you're looking for in a young quarterback. He has good feet, great mechanics and just watching him throw- you can tell this is a guy that is on a different level than most high school quarterbacks. Parham excels on the deep ball and shows uncanny placement of his passes. He has an over-the-top delivery that is efficient and compact. With all of that said, Parham is incredibly raw and relatively inexperienced at the position which makes him even more intriguing. The upcoming season will be his first as a full time starter. The only concerning thing may be the targets he has to throw to. Southeast Raleigh struggled to catch passes while at the 7 on 7 camp held at NC State and that could hurt his numbers in 2014 if it continues. Make no mistake, however. As colleges learn of his ability, Parham is likely to blow up over the next nine months. RB/ATH Moe Neal: All the rising junior has done in the last month is add scholarship offers. Syracuse and Boston College were the first two teams up followed by offers from Duke and NC State after Neal put on stellar camp workouts at both schools. Timed in the 4.4's at NC State's camp, Neal proceeded to work out with the wide receivers and displaying the versatility that will likely project him as one of North Carolina's top prospects in 2016. He showed great hands, quick feet and the ability to consistently break away from defenders and make catch after catch. Neal is a player that would likely be a perfect fit in a spread type offense where he could get out in space and use his explosiveness and cutting ability. QB Austin King: Football camp at NC State has been kind to the Wolfpack over the years, yielding multiple new offers and commitments after successful workouts in front of the State coaching staff. That was certainly the case with Austin King. Offensive Coordinator Matt Canada shadowed King all day and it was apparent very early on that he was going to be a legitimate candidate for a Wolfpack offer. After warming up, King was very consistent with his passes and although he doesn't have a cannon, was accurate and threw a very catchable ball. He was able to put the ball in tight spaces during one on ones. Perhaps more importantly is the fact is King's best days are likely ahead of him as he'll only get stronger as he continues to mature and fill out physically. RB/ATH Ray Ray McCloud: All I can say about him is wow! He was part of a traveling band of Florida athletes that camped at State and did he ever put on a show. McCloud isn't the biggest player around but he has a low center of gravity and combines that with an explosiveness that allows him to quickly cut past defenders, creating space and consistently creating wide open passing opportunities in a one on one setting. He is your prototypical spread-type running back where all he needs is a small crease to exploit and once he's in the open field, has unbelievably quick feet and the cutting ability to leave defenders looking silly.
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