Pack Gets in Early With 2014 Defensive Tackle

NC State is one of the first teams to jump in on 2014 Olney (MD) Good Counsel DT Sam Mustipher. Pack Pride has feedback on the very early stages of his recruiting.

Very few prospects from the Class of 2014 have verbal offers at this point but one from Good Counsel, the Maryland football factory, has four.

NC State is one of the schools that has verbally offered Sam Mustipher, a 6-foot-3, 270-pound defensive tackle out of Olney (Md.) Good Counsel. Pack Pride spoke with his father, Sam, over the weekend and got the inside scoop.

As it turns out, Mustipher has had his four offers -- from NC State, Ohio State, Illinois and Tulane -- since last spring. Not too many high school freshmen can say they've got offers that early, but Mustipher could.

"He started several games last year so (colleges) had a lot of film on him," Mustipher's father told Pack Pride. "A lot of it was his play on the field but after that he also went to a couple of camps. He went to the NIKE camp at Penn State and he went to a camp for 2014 kids. He also went to one at Maryland."

Mustipher attended Maryland's season opener against Miami, one of only two wins for the Terrapins this year. Good Counsel's football team stays very busy and focused throughout the season so that's the only game he has been able to attend.

Of course, college coaches aren't allowed to have much contact at all with Mustipher.

"Everything has gone through the coaches," his father continued. "We've got good information from them. We're expecting him to get a couple more offers here soon because he's got a lot of good film from this season. He played offensive guard and a lot of defensive tackle this season."

Michigan, Virginia, Colorado, Oregon, Michigan State and Arkansas are some of the schools showing interest that haven't offered yet.

Where does the Wolfpack stand at this early juncture?

"They made the offer and they met with his coaches also," the elder Mustipher said. "The NC State coach was there at the school. My wife may have talked to them because she might have been at the school by chance that day. I'm not 100-percent sure. They were very impressed with him.

"We actually know a great deal about NC State. I know it's a wonderful academic school. One thing about my son is he's a student-athlete in every sense of the word. He's an AP student with a 4.0 GPA and I know at NC State you'll get a quality education as well as football."

After Good Counsel's season Mustipher will be attending the U.S. Army All-American Combine in San Antonio, which will be held in February. He will go to a few college camps this summer. At the end of the season Mustipher, his family and his coaches will sit down and plot out a course of action.                        

What is it about Mustipher that's so attractive at this early stage?

"He's strong, he's quick, he has excellent size and excellent footwork," his father said. "He's been doing this his entire life. He's intelligent and he's so very coachable. He's disciplined. Having coached football myself he's the kind of kid you want on your team.

"He's going to lead verbally and by example also. That's one of the things the Good Counsel line coaches say. They think he's a wonderful leader."

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