Pinetops (NC) Southwest Edgecombe standout and Wolfpack commitment Linwan Euwell made the drive to Raleigh last weekend for NC State's season opener against Appalachian State.
"I made it up to the first game," said Euwell. "It was a great game. Their defense in the redzone kept App. State from scoring. For their first game I was surprised with how well they played. They lost some big contributions, but some other players played hard. I was impressed."
Euwell had a chance to talk with the Wolfpack coaches, and he met a few other commitments during the visit.
"I met a couple of recruits," he stated. "I met up with big Sam [Jones], and a couple of other players that are going to State. I have to say NC State has some great players coming in.
"I was impressed."
"I talked to coach Stroud, coach Cignetti, and coach Amato," Euwell added. "Coach Stroud will be my position coach, and coach Cignetti, he's the one recruiting me. They were mainly talking about the game, and they said they were glad to see me come up for their first game."
A standout defensive end, Euwell has stated before that he models his game after former NC State stars Mario Williams and Manny Lawson. Williams was also in Raleigh for last Saturday's game.
"I saw Mario Williams when he came in," Euwell said. "That's a big dude. I didn't get to talk to him though, but I saw him there."
With offers on the table from NC State, South Carolina, East Carolina, and North Carolina, Euwell admits that colleges continue to pursue him. However, he is still firm with his decision and plans on attending a few more Wolfpack games.
"I'm still firm with NC State," he said. "I plan on going up to the Florida State game and three more."
Checking in at 6-foot-3 and 215 pounds, Euwell has helped lead Southwest Edgecombe to a 2-0 start, as the Cougars are regarded as one of the top 3A teams in the state. Playing defensive end and tight end, Euwell registered five tackles, one sack, and a 15-yard touchdown reception in the opener, a 40-6 victory over North Pitt.
What is his goal for the season?
"I want to win a state championship," said Euwell. "I think we have the talent to do it. It all starts with our defense. We think we can dominate with our defense."
Joining Euwell in Raleigh was teammate and best friend Sam Battle. Battle, a starting linebacker for the Cougars, is hoping to earn an offer from the Wolfpack.
"I think State is getting closer and closer to offering him," said Euwell. "He's pulling his grades up, and they are talking about doing it.
"We're real close. Wherever you see one of us, you'll see both of us. It would be good to have one of my teammates play with me in college."