Jamal Marcus occupied a lot of headlines over the past year and now one of his close friends and a junior at the school is poised to do the same in the coming months.
Josh McNeil is emerging as a big-time recruiting target for schools both near and far. NC State recently offered him a scholarship and he has also picked up offers from East Carolina, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest, South Florida, Ohio State, South Carolina, and Minnesota.
The 6-5, 240-pound tight end attended the NC State-North Carolina basketball game at the RBC Center earlier this week and spoke about that trip afterwards with Pack Pride. It wasn't an extended trip, but it gave McNeil a chance to rub shoulders with at least one coach and some Wolfpack fans.
"I had an unofficial visit (last Tuesday) to NC State and on (this past) Saturday I had an unofficial to UNC," McNeil recalled.
"They were both okay. They were cool. I didn't get to talk to a whole lot of people at either place. For the NC State visit I was running kind of late so I only got to speak to them kind of briefly. I didn't get a chance to tour the campus or anything."
What was the message the coaches wanted to get across to him?
"They didn't really say too much but they did want to let me know they were making the offer official and they wanted me to be a part of the Wolfpack family."
It's still early and McNeil claims no favorites but it does sound like the Pack has what it takes to stick around for a while in this one.
"Of course I'm going to look at them. It's an in-state school and I'm always going to keep the in-state schools in my top five," he said.
When asked what his top five consists of McNeil said that picture remains unclear, but the Wolfpack remains under strong consideration nonetheless.
McNeil describes himself as a pass catching tight end that has an edge over others at his position for a variety of factors, most of which are related to his athleticism for his size.
"It's my hands, my speed, my route running and my athleticism," he said. "My athleticism lets me get off the ground and go get the ball."
The Hillside junior had been verbally committed to East Carolina but backed out of that pledge, saying it was too early. Now he has a lot more to think about as offers continue to roll in.
McNeil Picking Up Offers
Pack Pride Top Stories
PP DIGITAL: Louisville PreviewPack Pride previews NC State's upcoming game against Louisville on the latest podcast!
Pack Pride9:10 AM
Hill, Wolfpack Playing For Each OtherRALEIGH, N.C. -- Junior defensive tackle B.J. Hill talks with Pack Pride.
Pack Pride7:01 AM
PP FILM SESSION: Nyheim Hines Wheel RouteNC State lined up speedster Nyheim Hines in the backfield early against Clemson to take advantage of Tiger linebacker Ben Boulware in man coverage. We look closely at the play in…
Pack PrideYesterday at 2:28 PM
Doeren: Defense Is Playing With ConfidenceRALEIGH, N.C. -- NC State head coach Dave Doeren met with the media after Thursday's practice.
Pack PrideYesterday at 10:42 AM