Offensive tackle is a major priority for NC State's class of 2013 and there isn't a prospect any higher on the Wolfpack board currently than Jacksonville (FL) Bartram Trail OL Tylar Reagan.
The 6-5, 270 pounder has roughly a dozen scholarship offers but has all but narrowed it to Central Florida and NC State. With a trip already completed to UCF, Reagan was in Raleigh late last week and talked with Pack Pride about the visit.
"We got in Thursday night and spent the night up there," said Reagan. "On Friday morning we woke up and had a meeting and talk with Coach Kitchings for a while. We toured the Murphy Center and had a chance to talk to the academic advisors for a while. I had a meeting with Coach O'Brien for about an hour and he talked about what he liked about me and the reasons why they were recruiting me. They're recruiting me as an offensive tackle."
NC State offensive line coach Jim Bridge also met with Reagan and let him know about the Pack's need at offensive tackle.
"When I talked to Coach Bridge the other day he said he said they're graduating four offensive linemen. They need two offensive tackles and have got one committed right now. They're hurting real bad at the tackle position.
"Coach Bridge said I'm not guaranteed a spot but he said it doesn't matter if you're a senior or a freshman, if you grasp the position he's going to let you play. I know I can go in there and play as early as possible so that's a big thing that I really like. Plus, they have great facilities and great coaches so it's just a good situation."
So what about Central Florida?
"As far as UCF, it's about an hour and a half from my door to Central Florida. I know some of the guys that are committed to UCF. I'm pretty close with the recruiting coordinator and the offensive line coach. I talk to the coaches quite a bit on Facebook.
"I've been down there once and I plan to go back in about a week or two so I can see more of the academic side of it. I didn't get to see any of the academic side when I was down there before."
Reagan had hoped to make an early decision but doesn't know if that will happen after visits to Raleigh and Orlando.
"I'm going to sit down with my family and talk to them," he said. "At first I thought I would like to make a decision before the season but with the way State and Central Florida have presented it, it might go down to a visit. I might have to go visit both places and see a game and see what the atmosphere is all about and then go from there.
"Both schools have just presented a great opportunity to me and I'm really excited about it. There are a few schools in the back of my mind like Tennessee and South Florida but the two recruiting me the hardest are State and UCF and those are the main two I'm focused on."
Reagan is rated a three star prospect and the No. 39 offensive guard in the nation by Scout.com.