Virginia Tech has been one of the ACC's premier program since they joined the league several years ago.
That success has helped them increase their presence in North Carolina and they've been able to secure several of the state's better prospects in recent years.
Without a doubt their success played a role in Jamieon Moss deciding to switch his commitment from East Carolina to the Hokies after VT offered last spring. However, the Elizabeth City (NC) Northeastern linebacker is still open to a change and one of the schools he's shown considerable interest in is NC State.
The 6'3, 210-pound senior was an unofficial visitor in Raleigh for the Wolfpack's huge upset win over Florida State a little over a week ago. From the Pack's point of view, they couldn't have selected a better game to host Moss and they'll be hoping the trip help sways the senior ‘backer as the season progresses.
Pack Pride talked with Moss about the visit and his thoughts on the experience at Carter-Finley Stadium.
"I really didn't expect the kind of atmosphere I saw when I went up there for the visit," Moss said. "It was real nice."
Moss said he came away thoroughly impressed with NC State's game day atmosphere and that was punctuated with a chance to go into the locker room and hang around the players and coaches after State's memorable win over the Noles. Spending time with the team and coaches during the post-game celebration in the locker room was clearly one of the memorable moments for him.
"It was very loud in there after the game. Everybody was just going crazy. It was like a party in there," he said.
Moss said NC State has offered him and has told him they would have a spot for him if he wants to commit. Is that a possibility?
"I'm probably going to take some visits to some other schools as well. I'll probably be going to Virginia Tech at some point and I hope to see East Carolina and Wake Forest. I'm still committed but I"m going to take my visits."
Moss indicated that he plans to take an official visit to NC State but has not set a date. His recruiting is being headed up by Wolfpack defensive line coach Keith Willis. He is rated a three-star prospect and the No. 102 outside linebacker in the nation by Scout.com Pack Pride rated him the No. 29 player in North Carolina in its preseason rankings.