NC State football signees T.J. Graham and Tobias Palmer had big days on the track yesterday as they won individual state titles for their respective high schools.
Graham, running for Raleigh (NC) Wakefield High School in the 4A state meet, won the 100 meter dash with a time of 10.44, setting a new 4-A state record in the event. He also won the 200 meter dash with a time of 20.82.
A wide receiver signee for the Wolfpack, the 6-foot, 180-pounder was rated a three-star prospect and the No. 140 wide receiver in the nation by Scout.com. He is expected to come in and compete for playing time at the wide receiver position and could be see time as a true freshman on special teams.
Like Graham, Palmer (pictured) also won the 100 meter dash, doing so in the 2A state meet. Running a blistering 10.58 for Pittsboro (NC) Northwood High School, Palmer defeated another talented football player in Larry Raper. Raper, a rising senior committed to Clemson, finished fourth with a 10.87.
As a senior at Northwood, Palmer totaled 1,600 yards and 25 touchdowns and was named to the 2007 Shrine Bowl team. Rated a three-star prospect and the No. 41 cornerback in the country by Scout.com, Palmer is expected to begin his career at tailback at NC State. Like Graham, Palmer could also see playing time on special teams in 2008.
Other Notable Track Participants Gastonia Ashbrook rising senior wide receiver Jheranie Boyd was a busy man. In the 4A meet, Boyd finished 7th in the 100 meter dash (10.84), 7th in the 200 meter dash (22.02), and 8th in the 400 meter dash (50.77). The 6-foot-3, 185-pounder is regarded as the top wide receiver in the 2009 in-state class and holds offers from NC State, Clemson, UNC, and South Carolina among others.
Winston-Salem Mt. Tabor athlete and UNC verbal Hunter Furr performed admirably in the 4A meet. After faulting in the finals of the 100 meter dash, Furr finished second in the 200 meter dash (21.21) to Graham.
East Burke fullback and Clemson commit Tyler Shatley won the 4A Shot Put title (55-11) and finished fifth in the discus (136-08).
Clemson signee Spencer Adams had a stellar day for Matthews Butler in the 4A meet. Adams set a state record by winning the 110 meter hurdles with a time of 13.51 seconds, and finished fifth in the 300 meter hurdles (41.35). He also ran the anchor leg for Butler's state-title 4x100 and 4x200 relay teams. Adams was considered the top in-state safety in the 2008 class.