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June 22, 2013
NC State landed its second commitment Saturday, with Southern Durham High senior receiver Maurice Trowell giving his verbal commitment a day after the Wolfpack offered him.
"I love the coaches," Trowell said. "They also have my major [sports management].
"I always liked State. One of our former players, [redshirt junior running back] Tony Creecy goes there. I always looked up to him because he is a great player, and he went to State."
NCSU running backs coach Des Kitchings was the lead recruiter on Trowell, who has attended a Wolfpack junior day, spring practice and recently camped.
"[Kitchings] always told me to stay patient, then when the time came he was really excited," Trowell noted.
The time for Trowell was Friday night. He ran a personal-best 40-yard dash time of 4.41 seconds. Trowell thought that made the difference in an offer.
"I believe so," he said. "I think they wanted to see me. They liked me, but they wanted to see me on the field. I proved myself [Friday], they told me that."
Trowell picked NC State over offers from East Carolina, Appalachian State, Campbell and Charlotte. He also received past interest from South Carolina and Southern Miss. NCSU also landed punter A.J. Cole of College Park (Ga.) Woodward Academy on Saturday morning.
The 5-foot-11, 175-pounder also bench press 255 pounds and has a vertical jump of 33 inches. Trowell caught 46 passes for 940 yards and 13 touchdowns as a junior en route to all-conference honors.
Trowell also returned punts and kickoffs for Southern Durham. He hopes that having his collegiate decision out of the way will help him have an even bigger senior campaign.
"It feels good," Trowell said. "It's relaxing, and now I try to win the state championship with my team."
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