Pack Looks Strong for Local Tight End

Panther Creek TE Dan Beilinson has already landed two offers. Where does the Pack stand?

NC State has verbally offered one of the state's top tight ends from the Class of 2012.

Dan Beilinson put together an outstanding junior season at Panther Creek in Cary, NC, and now he's starting to see his efforts pay off.

NC State recently became the first school to verbally offer the 6-5, 230-pound tight end, and Duke quickly became the second school to offer shortly after that.

Beilinson has attended junior days at both schools and had positive things to say about each when Pack Pride caught up with him recently.

"Duke and NC State are the two universities I've been to," he explained. "NC State had their junior day last weekend and that's when I went there.

"They had told my coach that they were offering me but they did it with me in person when I got there that Saturday. The visit was terrific. They have a great coaching staff and I got to talk to many of their coaches. It was a good environment. I got a tour of the place too.

"The facilities were good. You could tell football's important to them. The place is very nice. Duke is nice too."

Panther Creek won 13 games this season and Beilinson helped them greatly. He racked up more than 500 receiving yards on the season. How would he break down his game?

"I definitely need to work on my strength and speed like you always do, so those will be two of the main things I look out for in the off season," he explained. "I have good hands and I'm a good blocker. I just need to work on running routes but that's just getting out there and doing it more."

In addition to NC State and Duke, Beilinson said he has been receiving interest from Vanderbilt.

"I'd say for me the coaching staff is going to be important, as well as the environment. I would like [the school he chooses] to be close to home. That's not an essential but my parents would like me to be close to home. That will probably be a factor. Then just in general, do I like the place or not? I have to have a good feeling there."

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