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Nick Stevens

Nick Stevens

Nick Stevens, a Raleigh native, is the senior editor of HighSchoolOT.com. Nick has covered high school sports for WRAL since 2006, and helped create what is now HighSchoolOT.com. In his blog, Nick provides insight and analysis on area high school sports teams, players and topics. He also provides his opinion on numerous issues surrounding high school sports. Follow Nick on Twitter @NickStevensHSOT. You can contact Nick by clicking here or by sending an e-mail to nstevens@wral.com.

Mountaineers Checking Out Richmond Quarterback


Jul 10, 2007

Derrick Wiley looks to be staying in his home state of North Carolina. Wiley is being looked at by Appalachian State, East Carolina, and NC State - all for different position.

Right now, Wiley is the quarterback at Richmond Senior High School, but that could all change in college. App State is looking to take Wiley as their next quarterback, but that would mean Wiley would be a back-up. Armanti Edwards is entering his sophomore season at ASU, and they are looking for someone to put behind him so they can learn and take over when Edwards graduates.

Wiley has expressed interest in ASU. A few weeks ago, Wiley was in Boone working with Lonnie Galloway, the Mountaineers' WR Coach. WRAL has learned that ASU is almost certainly going to offer Wiley a scholarship, at least there is a "99 percent" chance.

So, what does NC State and East Carolina see in Wiley?

NC State's head coach, Tom O'Brien, called Wiley and told him he wanted to use him as a wide receiver.

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App State Last on Itinerary For Robinson OT


Jul 10, 2007

R.J. Mattes, Rivals.com

R.J. Mattes, Rivals.com

R.J. Mattes, a 6-6, 260 pound offensive tackle from Robinson High in Concord, NC, has taken a series of campus tours this summer, and his last visit will be at Appalachian State.

While in Boone, Mattes will attend a team camp for the Mountaineers. Mattes said he attended team camps at Clemson, NC State, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia. Mattes also said he will have his listed narrowed down to five teams within "two to three weeks." There are a series of schools Mattes wasn't able to visit because of his busy schedule, but Mattes said he won't eliminate those schools just yet.

Other schools that have made offers for Mattes include Duke, Louisville, Miami (FL), Virginia Tech, and Wake Forest.

There are no reports as to which way Mattes may be leaning.

According to Rivals.com, R.J. Mattes runs the forty in 5.08 seconds, benches 265 pounds, squats 405 pounds, and has a GPA of 3.5.

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More on Manning: Is He Still Looking at UT?


Jul 9, 2007

Terrell Manning, Scout.com

Terrell Manning, Scout.com

Last week I reported that Terrell Manning was looking at either NC State or Tennessee, but that he was leaning towards NC State. Well, I've learned a little bit more about the highly anticipated recruit.

Judging by the responses on my previous blog entry about Manning, I'm beginning to feel like NC State fans like what they see in him, and that may be a good thing.

According to a source at Rivals.com, Manning has said he will visit either Florida or Tennessee before making his decision, but not both. Manning said he was "leaning hard" towards NC State, though. Another source told WRAL that Manning will be visiting Florida instead of Tennessee, meaning NC State will be going head-to-head on the recruiting trail with the defending NCAA Champions.

This is certainly good news for the Wolfpack who have struggled in recent years gaining commitments from in-state prospects. Prep coaches have said that Chuck Amato did not have a good relationship with high school

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Senior Spotlight: Brandon Barnes


Jul 6, 2007

Brandon Barnes

Brandon Barnes

How would you like to be a high school football player being recruited by more than 10 teams to the likes of Penn State, Virginia Tech, and Florida? Next time you see Brandon Barnes, ask him how it feels.

NC State should be giving Jason Swepson a pay raise because the top football recruit in North Carolina's Class of 2008 has made a solid verbal commitment to the Wolfpack. State got the good news on June 26th.

Barnes is a six foot, 185 pound athlete from Bunn High School. Last season, Barnes carried the ball 69 times for a total of 518 yards and five touchdowns - that averages out to 7.5 yards per carry. Barnes also caught the ball ten times for 259 yards and four touchdowns. Offense isn't the only thing Barnes plays, he also had 77 tackles and five interceptions.

In his junior season at Bunn, Barnes received all-league and all-area honors.

David Howle, head coach at Bunn High School, told Rivals.com, "He's a strong kid. He has powerful legs. From the waist

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NC State Could Get Their Own Manning


Jul 6, 2007

Terrell Manning, Rivals.com

Terrell Manning, Rivals.com

Tennessee knows how it feels to have a Manning on their football team, but NC State could find out how it feels in 2008.

Terrell Manning, a 6-2, 205 pound linebacker out of Scotland County in Laurinburg, N.C., has indicated that NC State is at the top of his list - but won't say it in those words. Who else is Manning looking at? None other than Tennessee.

Manning told Rivals.com that he is planning on going to visit the Volunteers sometime this month, and plans to announce a press conference in a week or two for the end of the month.

What am I hearing?

A student at Scotland High, who claimed to be one of Manning's friends, told me Manning will commit to NC State in late July or early August. Manning admits that he likes NC State because of its proximity and environment. He even went as far to say that NC State is one of North Carolina's top schools and that they will pull away from the rest before too long.

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