Stocker Set To Enroll

Coatesville (PA) quarterback Manny Stocker committed to NC State over the summer and his recent official visit re-confirmed his feelings toward the Wolfpack.

Coatesville (PA) standout Manny Stocker committed to NC State over the summer and his recent official visit re-confirmed his feelings toward the Wolfpack.

"The visit was great," said Stocker. "It went really well. They showed me what it would be like down at NC State when I get there. Overall, I had a good time hanging out with the players and coaches."

Stocker, who was offered a scholarship to play quarterback for the Wolfpack, was hosted by starting signal-caller Mike Glennon. What did Stocker think of the redshirt junior?

"Mike Glennon's a great guy," he stated. "He was real cool. [Laughing] Really, I didn't realize he was that tall.

"He was my host and showed me around campus, all of that. He taught me how it was there. That was fun, hanging out with Mike."

The Wolfpack has started preparing for the Belk Bowl matchup with Louisville and had a practice over the weekend while Stocker was on campus. According to Stocker, that was the highlight of his trip.

"The best part was going out to practice and seeing how they work," he said. "I actually sat in on a couple of meetings with the quarterbacks and watched them work out while I was there."

He also spent time talking with offensive coordinator Dana Bible and head coach Tom O'Brien about his potential role with the team.

"I liked talking with the coaches," said Stocker. "They let me know how it would be and how I'd fit in. They were telling me how the offense works and what my role would be at quarterback.

"I'm pretty much going to be used the same way they use Mike now. They feel like I can make plays, that's what they said. Mike Glennon is a great quarterback, and when I get down there I want to follow him around as much as possible and learn from him."

Stocker came to NC State's summer camp with several other quarterback prospects, and he left earning an offer from the Wolfpack, which he quickly accepted. This past weekend's visit was his most recent trip to Raleigh but not his first since giving a commitment. He was in town for the State's huge home win over Clemson. What did he think of the game?

"Man, that was real exciting," he said. "The crowd was crazy, and I heard from the players it is like that every game... you know the fans are loyal. I had a good time at the game.... made me ready to get there."

As a senior, Stocker led Coatesville (PA) High School to a 9-3 record while passing for nearly 2,000 yards with 20 touchdowns and another 10 rushing touchdowns.

The Wolfpack will have Stocker on campus again in just a couple of weeks because he will be graduating from Coatesville in December and enrolling at NC State in January.

"I'm excited," he said. "I can't wait to get back down there."

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