Pack Leads For Valdes

Saint Petersburg (FL) wideout Marquez Valdes was in Raleigh this past weekend for an official visit to NC State, and he left extremely impressed with what the Wolfpack.

Saint Petersburg (FL) wideout Marquez Valdes was in Raleigh this past weekend for an official visit to NC State, and he left extremely impressed with what the Wolfpack.

"I already expected a lot of the visit, and it lived up to all my expectations," said Valdes. "I knew it was a big campus and a good football program, but everything was great.

"The campus is very nice and it seems like everybody involved from the coaches, to the athletic director to the players, they are all on board. I loved the training room and the stadium... the fans are so close to the field so you know they can impact the game."

Valdes was also in PNC Arena for State's basketball win over Duke.

"Words can't describe the atmosphere," said Valdes. "I've never been to a college basketball game like that... I've never been to a place that passionate. The fans were always in it... cheering on every basket. I'm sure on the football field they are going to cheer any big play."

What stood out to Valdes the most about his visit?

"The fans," he said. "The fanbase is crazy. They are real supportive for the football and basketball teams... sports in general.

"I was at the basketball game and we were walking up to get some food at halftime and some of the fans started talking to me... they knew who I was. It surprised me a bit."

Wide receivers coach Frisman Jackson is recruiting Valdes for the Wolfpack.

"Coach Jackson is a really good guy," said Valdes. "He jokes around a lot and you can have fun with him, but he can also be serious. He'll show me how to play the game of football and how to become a man."

Valdes spent some time talking with Wolfpack head coach Dave Doeren prior to leaving Raleigh, and he then received a visit from Doeren on Monday after he had returned to Saint Petersburg.

"Coach Doeren came [on Monday] to talk with my parents and my coach. He was saying that if I went to NC State I would be a part of the family, almost like a son of his. He's really family-oriented and kept talking about how I fit what they are looking for.

"He said they only have six receivers on scholarship, and they need some more. They feel like I have the height and speed they want, and he was impressed with how mature I am right now. I think he was impressed with my overall plan as far as playing football and my major."

Valdes, who finished the year with 50 catches for 800+ yards 14 touchdowns, helped lead Lakewood to a 10-2 record. With offers on the table from Houston, NC State, Kentucky, Cincinnati, South Florida, and Toledo among others, he has now taken trips to NC State, Houston, and Toledo.

"NC State is the leader," he said. "I feel like I can get everything I'm looking for there on the football and academic side.

"I'm going to Cincinnati this weekend for an official visit, and after that I have one more visit I can take but I haven't decided on it yet."

"I don't know when I will decide," Valdes added. "I have to talk it over with my parents and coach first. I'm looking for a place that I can play early, has my major, and where I feel the most comfortable."


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