Bryson Allen-Williams is one of the nation's top defensive prospects and NC State has battled their way into his top ten in large part because of his history with the school.
His history with NC State starts with his father, George Williams, who played for the Wolfpack when he was in college (1994-1997). Allen-Williams is rated the #9 OLB in the nation so schools from all over the country are offering.
From a young age his father has tried to plant seeds to encourage his son to consider the Pack.
"He definitely does and has since I was little," a laughing Allen-Williams told Pack Pride.
"His dream was to always see me play at NC State. It just so happens that I'm getting recruited by them now. It's a great feeling to get recruited by my dad's alma mater so I'm definitely considering them."
The Ellenwood (GA) Cedar Grove linebacker attended NC State's game against Virginia last year. He has been around the football program a lot growing up.
"Ever since I was born I would always go up. I've always been around Raleigh. My dad would pick us up from the airport and drive by Carter-Finley. He would say, "One day you'll be playing there." I'm very familiar with the program and the game day atmosphere."
It's not just Allen-Williams' nostalgic memories that have sparked his interest in NC State. The new coaching staff is doing their part as well.
The 4-star prospect has a good friendship with recruiting coordinator and defensive line coach Ryan Nielsen, who he is planning to contact once again soon.
"I would say I have more interest now that the new staff has taken over recruiting me. There's someone on the staff that played with my dad -- Clayton White. That just added to how much interest I have in them," he said.
It still may be an uphill climb for the Pack as South Carolina is Allen-Williams' favorite followed by Alabama and Georgia, who appear to be running even for second on his list.
He also just visited Tennessee.
"I like them a lot. Coach Jones is really turning that program around. I really like what Tennessee's doing. I'm going to South Carolina, my leader, this weekend," he said.
But his ties to the Pack and the new staff gives NC State a glimmer of hope. Allen-Williams had planned to visit State on Mar 23 but it appears that trip will be postponed until later in the spring.