Although he held early offers from Buffalo, Vanderbilt and Youngstown State, it was an offer from NC State that seemed to kick off the recruiting year for Kettering (OH) Archbishop Alter OL Joe Thuney.
Since then, the senior has attracted heavy interest from Missouri, Boston College, Georgia Tech and others. Thuney told Pack Pride it's been hectic of late but enjoyable as well.
"The coach that helps me handle my recruiting said a lot of schools have been calling and are looking to fill their spots," said Thuney. "A couple of the schools have got some positions they're trying to fill so it's gotten to be kind of helter skelter lately but it's fun.
"Missouri came in and visited me at my house. Michigan State, West Virginia and Georgia Tech have been involved but it's just kind of unpredictable right now. The interest has caught me by surprise and it really has seemed to pick up all at once. It's kind of a new experience for me with all these coaches coming in."
Two schools in particular, Georgia Tech and Boston College, have ramped up their interest level of late and both are programs Thuney says he'll be giving a closer look at.
"Georgia Tech offered me recently and they're looking at me for offensive or defensive line. They want me to come down for an official visit but I'm not sure if I'm going or not.
"The Boston College coaches were supposed to have a meeting tonight (Sunday) to decide if they were going to offer. They'll probably call me tonight or tomorrow to let me know what's up with that so I should hear from them pretty soon."
As for NC State, the Pack had a chance to host Thuney on an official visit this weekend. The three-star lineman told Pack Pride that he enjoyed the opportunity to spend quite a bit of time with the coaches and players and overall, came away thoroughly impressed with what State has to offer.
"I liked it a lot," said Thuney. "It was really neat. Andy Jomantas was my host and I got to hang out with the coaches and players. The coaches, they seem like they genuinely care about their players and the players really get along well. It was just fun. It was a good atmosphere and I liked it a lot."
Wolfpack offensive line coach Don Horton is Thuney's recruiting coach and could potentially be his position coach in college. Is that a plus for the Pack?
"It helps that coach Horton would be my position coach because he knows where I'd be playing there. I got to watch him in practice. I've talked to him on the phone and he's been by the school a lot. I know him pretty well and it helps that we've been able to build that relationship even before you start to play football there."
So with one official visit behind him, has Thuney been able to come up with a favorite's list yet?
"I think my top two or three are North Carolina State, Boston College and maybe, Missouri. I still have to visit Boston College and Missouri but I was really impressed with NC State and what they had to offer.
"I'm probably going to visit a couple more schools and talk with my parents about it. I don't want to make a rushed decision so I'll let it play out and see where things go."
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