Junior QB Likes the Pack

Alquippa (PA) quarterback Nolan Harmotto enjoyed his recent visit to NC State. Pack Pride talks with the junior signal caller about his trip to Raleigh.

NC State has recruited plenty of Pennsylvania prospects over the years and one of the top junior quarterbacks in that state was in Raleigh over the weekend.

Nolan Harmotto, a 6-1, 170-pound Class of 2012 quarterback, has been receiving some interest from the Wolfpack so he decided to go check the school out. The season opener just happened to be on a weekend that was good for Harmotto, so he was excited about the opportunity to see State play their first game of the season.

"We arrived Saturday morning because we had a game Friday night," Harmotto explained. "I really liked it. I liked the atmosphere, the stadium and just the whole set up there. The coaches were good. I didn't get a chance to talk to many of the players but they looked pretty cool.

"It was mostly just football related. We didn't really have a chance to go over to the campus. We were mostly just at the stadium. I'd like to see the campus because I've heard it's real nice. I've talked to a few of the kids there that were committed to NC State."

The Harmotto family left Raleigh on Sunday morning, so they had a good amount of time to learn about the football program.

"I talked to Mike Archer and he said he recruits up here in western Pennsylvania," he explained. "I talked to a few other recruiting coordinators or coaches, I guess.

"NC State definitely stood out to me. The whole atmosphere and their interest have them really high [on his list]."

Harmotto also mentioned Purdue and Pitt as schools he is very interested in. He camped at those two schools and Maryland over the summer, but he has been to many others already. His sister plays volleyball at Penn State so he has visited a lot of other Big Ten schools while supporting her.

Despite all that the trip to NC State was the first recruiting related visit, other than camps, that he has taken so far.

Harmotto and his teammates at Aliquippa (PA) Hopewell won their own season opener. Harmotto was 7-12 through the air for 70 yards. They have eight games remaining.

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