Chris Frey knows all about Dave Doeren and how he likes to run his program.
He should, because Northern Illinois was the first school to offer him a scholarship when Doeren was the head coach of the MAC school. Now that Doeren is at Raleigh he's got a new recruiting board. Frey doesn't have an offer from NC State but he knows he's on Doeren's radar again.
With 137 tackles, five sacks and two interceptions attached to his stat sheet from last year it's easy to see why he's considered a top Ohio prospect, and he did it on offense as well with 600 yards and 14 touchdowns on only 60 carries.
Frey made the trip from Upper Arlington (OH) to Raleigh for NC State's Junior Day over the weekend and he's glad he did. It's not that the junior day was necessarily different than it would be at any other school. It was reconnecting with the staff that made it worthwhile for Frey.
"They're awesome," Frey said. "I've known those coaches for a long time and they were actually my first offer at Northern Illinois. I've been really close to Coach McNutt and Coach Doeren. They're real intense coaches. I like the way they coach a lot. It's real high tempo during practice. They get all the guys going with the music and all that."
Frey is a linebacker at the next level and said he doesn't know all the details about the kind of defense NC State will be running but that's something he will learn in time. This trip was mostly about meeting the coaches again and re-establishing bonds that had previously existed.
He did get acquainted with Doeren's new school on a campus tour and a tour of the football facilities.
"I really loved the campus tour and it was great seeing where all the players stay. I thought that was awesome. I can't remember what they called it but the dorms they stay in there are really nice," he said.
Frey has plenty to compare NC State to. Two weeks ago he visited Tennessee and since then he has also visited Indiana, Purdue and Cincinnati. Of those trips Tennessee stood out.
"Tennessee was really nice but I think for me to play there I'll have to put on 10 or 15 more pounds before they offer. That seemed like a really nice place to go though. Also Indiana was really nice. I really like them and I've been there a few times. I think I'm going back for camp. I like the coaching staff there a lot."
He will camp at NC State, Michigan State, Tennessee and Purdue as well.
Frey is rated a three-star prospect and the No. 41 outside linebacker in the nation by Scout.com. He holds offers from Akron, Northern Illinois, Ball State, Bowling Green, Syracuse, Kent State, Ohio and Toledo.