NC State has extended a written scholarship offer to Kettering (Ohio) Archbishop Alter offensive lineman Joe Thuney.
The 6-5, 250-pound senior is a solid offensive line prospect because of his quickness and athleticism, but he could also be a candidate to play on the other side of the ball. This year he has played some defensive end for his high school team and is performing at a high level at that position. The NC State coaches have told him he could wind up on offense or defense, depending on how he develops and continues to grow in the coming years.
One thing is for sure, and that's the fact that NC State wants Thuney to be a part of the program.
"They actually offered me a scholarship," Thuney said referring to NC State. "That was last Monday, I think. The offensive line coach came in and offered me a scholarship. We had been talking for a little bit before that. I talked to one of the coaches on the phone and sent him my film. They liked what they saw and decided to make me an offer. We had a little bit of a relationship before they offered."
Thuney said he has never visited NC State but is hoping to change that shortly. He said he will probably take an unofficial visit to Raleigh in the next few weeks, though he does not have a date or a game in mind. He wants to get back in touch with the coaches to try to set that up so he can see what the school and the football program are all about.
"My recruiting coach, the offensive line coach (Don Horton), has told me a lot about the coaching staff," Thuney said. "They sound really great. They know what they're doing and they've been there a while. I haven't met all of them obviously, but from what I hear they sound really good. It sounds like they've got a great campus there in Raleigh. I've just heard a lot of good things about them."
Thuney said he has also received offers from Buffalo, Vanderbilt and Youngstown State. Michigan State's coaches have told him they are very interested and would like him to be a part of what they are building but they have not put an offer in writing. He is also receiving strong and steady interest from the coaches at Georgia Tech.
This year Thuney visited Ohio State for their game against Miami, though the Buckeyes have not offered. He went to Notre Dame for their game against Stanford, and over the summer he camped at Vanderbilt.
Archbishop Alter is 8-1 on the season and appears to be poised to pick up a number two or three seed in the state playoffs shortly.
Though Thuney does not have any favorites he is presently ecstatic about NC State because of the offer.
"I haven't gotten a chance to see North Carolina State yet so I don't have any favorites for sure, but once I visit it will be more clear," he said. "If it feels right and the coaches are what I've heard they are, there's definitely a chance I could commit. I just have to see what kind of feeling I get while I'm down there."
Thuney said he may try to visit Vanderbilt and Georgia Tech later this year as well.
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