Easy Decision For Sessoms

Bailey (NC) Southern Nash standout Josh Sessoms didn't need to go through the full recruiting process to find the school he wanted to attend.

Bailey (NC) Southern Nash standout Josh Sessoms didn't need to go through the full recruiting process to find the school he wanted to attend. Sessoms committed to NC State in mid-January with early offers on the table from the Wolfpack and Virginia Tech.

"Really I made my decision because I knew that's where I wanted to go," said Sessoms. "I sat down with my parents, and we weighed out all the pros and cons. I was also offered by Virginia Tech, and we went up there and saw everything. I liked it, but my heart was with the Wolfpack. That was my decision.

"I've followed State my whole life. I've been a Wolfpack fan ever since I was born, and my father is a Wolfpack fan, a big one. Because of that, it's really where I wanted to always go to school.

"I mean I like the program, and I think Tom O'Brien is a great coach. He's a good man. All the coaches are... they are great people."

Sessoms is a prospect that NC State knows a lot about. He attended the Wolfpack's summer camp and was in Raleigh for several games this past season. Defensive line coach Keith Willis is recruiting Sessoms for State, and the two have developed a strong relationship.

"Coach Keith Willis, he's one of my favorites," said Sessoms. "I went and camped there last summer and that's when he told me that I was good enough to play at NC State. I went up there at camp, and it was great.

"Then in the fall I tried to attend most of the home games and follow their season. To me, that was great to see them play up close like that. They had a real good season, finishing it off with a win in the Champs Sports Bowl. We watched that game... it was great."

What impressed Sessoms the most about the Wolfpack's turnaround 2010 season?

"The defense stood out to me," he said. "It's grown a lot. I know a couple of years back they had problems with the secondary, but this year they turned it around.

"Guys like Brandan Bishop and Earl Wolff, and then they brought in freshmen like David Amerson, all those guys can play."

Sessoms will likely be roaming the Pack's secondary in the future. The 6-foot-3, 190-pounder plays safety and defensive back for Southern Nash High School, but he is expected to start out at safety once he enrolls at NC State.

The first commitment in the Wolfpack's 2012 recruiting class, Sessoms hopes to bring some other recruits with him to Raleigh.

"It means a lot to be the first commitment," he said. "I know when I committed coach Willis was shocked, and he told me that it was a big deal, being the first recruit.

"I'm talking to K'Hadree Hooker. I think I'm kind of buying him in. He's a good guy and a great player. I'd like for him to be there with me."

Because Sessoms committed so early in the process he likely won't land many offers, but he says none of that really matters to him.

"I know my coach feels more offers would have come," he stated. "I do think I could have got more offers but it doesn't matter because I was going to State the whole time."

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