Tight End is clearly an important spot for the NC State coaching staff as the Wolfpack has verbally offered no fewer than 10 players at the position. The Pack may be in the strongest position with Danville (VA) George Washington tight end Chris Burton but Mt Tabor's Lucas Wilson has a lofty spot on the recruiting board as well.
As a junior, Wilson hauled in 21 passes for 400 yards and two touchdowns. At 6-5, 225 pounds, he has the frame to grow into a force in the run game. That combination of size and athleticism has led to a host of offers. He have Pack Pride the latest in a recent interview.
"Tennessee, NC State, Wake Forest, South Florida, Central Florida, East Carolina and Air Force are my offers," said Wilson.
Wilson worked out recently at the invitation-only Shrine Bowl combine and proved to be a consistent, reliable receiver. Wilson said he's really focused on adding size during the off season and that may have affected his agility. He talked about his performance against some of North Carolina's best players.
"It felt alright," he said. "I could notice a lot myself and my coach noticed too that I've been working a lot more in the weight room than I have on my agility. So I could tell that a little bit. Lately I've just been focused on just trying to put on some weight."
On the recruiting front, Tennessee was Wilson's most recent offer and it was one that he was excited to land.
"It was actually unexpected. It excited me and it was a good way to start the weekend. It was cool. I called coach Graham and he put me on the phone with coach Dooley and he gave me the offer."
Another school to be reckoned with is Wake Forest and some feel the Deacs may be the silent leader.
"I definitely like that Wake Forest is close," he said. ‘It gives me the option to go home every Sunday and eat a home cooked meal. I have a good relationship with their coaching staff and it's definitely a small school but I'm not sure if that's something I'll like as far as a small school or a big school."
NC State is another school that is heavily in the mix and their efforts have been headed up by defensive back's coach Mike Reed.
"I have a great relationship with coach Reed," said Wilson. "They already had nice facilities and campus and everything but I'm looking forward to going down there soon and see the renovations they did."
Wilson hopes to make several visits over the summer, narrow his list down and would prefer to have his decision out of the way before the start of the 2012 season.
"I'll probably get down to deciding my top five at the end of the summer. I want to make all my rounds first and get to see everyone before I narrow it down. If I can make a decision, I'd like to by the end of the summer. If not, I'll just wait until after I make some of my officials."
Wilson is rated a three-star prospect and the No. 26 tight end in the nation by Scout.com.
Offers Mounting for Wilson
Pack Pride Top Stories
SCOOP: Post-Coaching Search MailbagWe answer questions submitted by our subscribers related to the NC State men's basketball coaching search in this mailbag feature.
Pack Pride11:54 AM
VIDEO: NC State Tops No. 1 Louisville, 3-1Here are some highlights from NC State's 3-1 win over No. 1 Louisville.
Pack Pride4:05 AM
RAPID FIRE: Jarius MoreheadRALEIGH, N.C. -- NC State redshirt sophomore safety Jarius Morehead talks with Pack Pride about spring practice.
Pack PrideYesterday at 11:33 AM
BONUS PHOTOS: SafetiesRALEIGH, N.C. -- Here are some photos of NC State's safeties from a recent spring practice.
Pack PrideYesterday at 6:44 AM
#PACK2K18 INTRO: Dar'jarri ColemanPack Pride checks in with South Atlanta (GA) defensive end Darjarri Coleman after his recent visit to NC State. Coleman talks about his interest in the Pack and other schools that…
Pack PrideYesterday at 5:30 AM