McGhee's Focus Now Turns to Academics

Lemarte McGhee

NC State began the Class of 2004 recruiting season by landing Defensive Lineman <B>Lemarte McGhee.</b> The Roxboro, North Carolina product officially became a member of the Wolfpack last Wednesday when he signed his national letter of intent.

NC State began the Class of 2004 recruiting season by landing Defensive Lineman Lemarte McGhee. The Roxboro, North Carolina product officially became a member of the Wolfpack last Wednesday when he signed his national letter of intent.

"It feels good that I signed and all, but right now I'm trying to get my SAT scores right," McGhee told StateFans. "I have a couple of more chances to get them and if I don't I have to go to Hargrave. It's not what I want to do, but if I have to go up there that's cool."

Although he committed to NC State early in the process, it didn't stop other programs from pursuing Lemarte, who is now 6'8 after growing another inch this year.

"I ended up getting offers from Tennessee, [North] Carolina, Illinois, Maryland, South Carolina, and some more, but I really wasn't interested or anything in them."

Recruited as a defensive end/tackle by the Wolfpack, McGhee admits that he may like to give offense a try if it's possible. NC State landed another stellar defensive line class and the ability to play early is what Lemarte's looking for.

"Man, I don't know now. I wanted to play defensive line but, NC State signed a lot of defensive lineman and already have some there. I want to play early so I may ask about playing either tight end or offensive tackle. I need to talk with my coach about that and see what he thinks."

McGhee informed StateFans that he's now 6'8 and 250 pounds after dropping weight over the course of his senior season playing basketball for the Person Rockets. He even suggests that doctors feel he may not be finished growing and that could affect his football future.

"Yea, I'm suppose to grow to 6'10 so I'm scared I may become too big. My dad was 7-feet tall so I don't know how tall I'll end up being."

At his current size, Lemarte could project nicely as an offensive tackle prospect on the next level. Standing 6'8 and with good feet and very long arms, his long-term potential may be at the tackle position that offensive line coaches covet.

Either way, NC State's first commitment will give the Wolfpack coaches another versatile prospect who can help the program in a number of ways.

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