The junior college ranks have been particularly kind to NC State over the last several years, especially along the defensive line. Natanu Mageo, Leroy Burgess and Shea McKeen are three players that have joined the Pack and flourished under head coach Tom O'Brien.
The Pack decided to go in that direction again this past weekend when they extended an offer to Snow College defensive end McKay Frandsen. The 6-3, 240 pounder was an all-conference performer in 2009 and followed that up with a stout effort this year- tallying 53 tackles, nine tackles for loss, one sack and one fumble recovery.
Frandsen will enroll at NC State in January and has three years to play two for the Pack.
Getting Back Into Football
After high school, Frandsen embarked on a two year LDS mission but his heart never left football. He took a winding path to get to NC State but his perseverance ultimately paid off.
"After high school I served a two year LDS mission for the LDS church and went up to Alaska for a couple of years," said Frandsen. When I came back I had a couple of options for football and decided to walk on at Brigham Young. After being there, it had been a while since I played football in an actual game so I decided to transfer to Snow. I ended up starting that fall in 2009 and then started this season.
"As far as football is concerned, Snow College being in the top five or top ten of the junior college ranks for the last several years, has really prepared for me for division one football.
"There's probably eight or ten guys on our team that's going to play division one football so I definitely thinks it's been a good stepping stone."
Would the Pack Offer?
NC State recruiting coordinator Jerry Petercuskie headed up Frandsen's recruiting and while a potential offer had been talked about, Frandsen wasn't sure if a scholarship would come his way while on his official visit.
"They offered me on the visit last weekend. They offered me on Sunday morning before we took off to come back to Utah.
"They had talked about offering me before I went out there but they didn't offer me until right before we flew home so, I guess I was kind of questioning throughout the trip if they were going to offer me or not. So when they offered me, I thought- my fiancee was there, my dad was there- I just wanted to talk to them, finalize it and call them back.
"I actually committed to NC State (Monday) morning. I called coach Petercuskie to tell him and I'm excited to come out there."
Loved NC State
"I really like it out there," said Frandsen. "It's really nice. You know the climate is a lot warmer than where I'm from in Utah. The people out there are really nice. Obviously the program is great. The facilities are great. I was just impressed. It was my first time to North Carolina.
"I think the culture is a little different out there but I'm ready to adjust and learn the ins and outs of the east coast."
A Familiar Face Helped the Pack's Cause
It's a little odd that NC State would have a connection to Frandsen, considering he plays in Utah. However, as fate would have it, a current Wolfpack player also happened to be pretty good friends with Frandsen while at Snow College.
"Mikel Overgaard was my host and I actually played with him here last year. He and I are pretty good friends and he hosted me. Obviously he likes it there so it was a great time to spend with him."
Looking Forward To Joining the Pack
"You know, I'm really excited. I don't know how to explain it. It's something that I've always wanted to do- play division one football especially at a great program like NC State and to have the chance to play against the best competition there is so it's really exciting."
Frandsen Excited About Joining the Pack
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