Pack Hosts Middleton

Winston-Salem (NC) Parkland defensive tackle Deshaywn Middleton talks about a recent visit to NC State. The rising junior boasts an early Wolfpack offer and will be one of the Pack's top targets in the 2014 class.

It's early but it's starting to look like NC State has a chance to do very well with some of the state's top 2014 prospects.

Johnathan Lloyd and Chris Register are a couple of early names that have expressed serious interest in the Wolfpack.

You can add Deshaywn Middleton to that list. The Parkland defensive tackle has an offer from NC State, his first BCS offer, and he visited the school for the first time a couple of weekends ago. He wanted to take in the Pack's scrimmage and he did just that.

"I thought the attention they gave me was really good. The coaches were real good and as soon as I got there I met with Coach O'Brien," Middleton said.

"He sat there and talked about how they're recruiting me. He talked to my mom about the program and said that if I were to go there he'd be in it for the long run. I wouldn't have to worry about another coach stepping in. Basically after all that we went around and viewed the campus and the stadium."

He also sat in on a position meeting with Keith Willis.

"I liked how he coached. They're the type of coaches I'm looking for," he said. "Somebody I can really connect with and somebody that has fun with the game. Their defensive line coach made the game kind of fun. He made it a point to say that even if you make a mistake it's okay. You still have the next play and the play after that to make up for it. He always has something funny to say. He was real good with it. He gave all the players the attention they needed. He gave them different kinds of pointers and that went well."

K'Hadree Hooker spent plenty of time talking to Middleton and he made him feel right at home.

"He talked about what it was like and he gave me a lot of information. I told him I'd say in contact with him. I also talked to former defensive back Jimmie Sutton. He did everything we asked for. He did anything my mom needed and he took care of her. That goes a long way when you show a lot of respect for the parents."

It's still early in the process and Middleton said he's still considering all of his options.

"I wouldn't say I have any favorites. I'm really just looking at all my options. I know my coach said I have a lot of other schools coming in. He had talked to me about Nebraska. He's been talking to them and he just said to keep them in mind because they'll be reviewing me. I know Wake Forest is supposed to be coming out to one of my games in the next two weeks and my coach also talked to Oklahoma."

Through a disappointing 0-2 start for Parkland, Middleton said he already had about 10 pancake blocks and on defense had around 20 tackles, three sacks and a fumble recovery that he returned 10 yards.

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