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2015 linebacker James Smith-Williams commits to NC State

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NC State's 2015 recruiting class picked up its second commitment within a five day period with the addition of local linebacker James Smith-Williams. Smith-Williams joined Riley Nicholson as the second, and perhaps final, linebacker in the class.

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James Smith-Williams became the ninth commitment in the 2015 class for NC State yesterday. The athletic linebacker also became the fifth prospect from North Carolina to jump on board the #Pack15 train. The Raleigh product from Millbrook High was always looking to stay home for school if he could find the right fit.

Smith-Williams earned his offer at camp, a process in which both Tom O'Brien and Dave Doeren have seen great value. JSW reportedly ran the 40 yard dash in 4.5s and measured in around 6'4" 210 lbs. This provides the staff a luxury in that he could develop a Manny Lawson-type build and move up to the defensive line or become another tall linebacker that have become popular at NC State in recent years.

Not only is Smith-Williams a top athlete, but his 3.9 GPA and 30 ACT score are a testament to his hard work in the classroom. He plans to graduate early and study engineering in Raleigh. High profile institutions clearly noticed his attributes as well, with schools such as Boston College, Columbia, Davidson, Elon, Holy Cross, and Yale among his reported offers.

Another added benefit to picking up Smith-Williams is his friendship with several prime, local targets. In addition to being a teammate and friend to three star running back Marcus Marshall, the linebacker is close with Garner and Wake Forest stars Nyheim Hines and Bryce Love. Smith-Williams will have a chance to connect with future teammates and do some recruiting on Friday at the Cookout hosted by the Wolfpack coaching staff.