Name: Earl Wolff
Hometown: Raeford, North Carolina
High School: Hoke County High School
Notes: Hoke County plays in the strong 4A Mid Southeastern Conference, which features traditional powers Richmond County, Scotland County, the home of Terrell Manning, Jack Britt, Westover and Virginia Tech commitment Lorenzo Williams, and Douglas Byrd.
The Bucks finishing 5-7 in 2006 with a first-round playoff loss at Winston-Salem (NC) Mount Tabor, but they return 19 lettermen, including NC State commitment Earl Wolff.
"I noticed they were really starting to look at me."
Playing safety and sparingly at tailback, Wolff tallied six interceptions, returning three for touchdowns as he was tabbed first-team all-conference.
Despite his strong year, he flew under the recruiting radar, but NC State found out all about him this spring. While attending the Wolfpack's three-day camp in June, he was the buzz amongst fellow campers and counselors. At 6-foot and 190 pounds, he dominated drills, rotating between tailback, wide receiver, and defensive back, and continued to make play after play during seven-on-sevens.
"It was after the first day and we started doing 7-on-7's that I noticed they were really starting to look at me," said Wolff. "That's when I really started to impress them, and I could tell the coaches were looking at me... following me around to see what I could do.
"There were players out there from State calling me Randy Moss when I was playing receiver, and a lot of the other players at camp were coming up asking me what school I go to."
He would receive a scholarship offer and commit to NC State shortly after the camp, and he remains firm with his commitment.
Coach Quote: "Earl is very explosive. Anytime he can break a long run, and he is always making great plays on defense. He really flew under the radar.
"[He] is just a great kid and a fierce competitor. He's very polite and all of the teachers here just love him. He is the type of kid that you want to have on your football team.
"Earl is very explosive."
"He has great closing speed and he's going to blow up once he gets on the training table and a college weight program. I think he brings a lot to the table as a free safety. He has a nose for the football, and he will really come up and hit you. He's so big, quick, and physical, we're going to probably use him some at outside linebacker this year. We play a lot of cover three and he will be able to drop back there and cover easily.
"I think he's going to play free safety or cornerback at NC State. He's still raw, but Earl is very coachable. He just has so much upside. I think he's going to be a great college football player. NC State is a real good fit for him."
-- Raeford (NC) Hoke County head coach Greg Bryant
Scouting Report: "Earl Wolff from Hoke County High School is another prospect with a ton of potential. He is extremely well-developed for his age.
"Wolff has several attributes that helped him an offer from NC State earlier this summer. He has a very impressive initial burst of speed and that is apparent when lining up at running back, on kick returns or at safety. At running back, he shows no hesitation in hitting it upfield and displays a solid burst at the line of scrimmage.
"On defense, Wolff does a tremendous job of closing on a receiver when the ball is in the air and doesn't shy away from contact. He has dependable hands and his overall athleticism makes him a candidate for offense or defense once he gets to college although safety may be his most likely destination.
"Wolff is still rather raw and, as a result, has a ton of upside. The fact that he is so versatile will likely have the Wolfpack coaches smiling when he arrives in Raleigh next year." -- Recruiting Analyst Steve Williams
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