Every day seemingly reveals a new prospect on the Wolfpack's recruiting radar and one of the latest to surface was Saluda (SC) standout lineman Kwamelle Barnes.
At 6-4, 285 pounds the rising senior has the potential to play either side of the line. As a junior he totaled 39 tackles, eight tackles for loss, five sacks, one interception, and four pass break ups.
Rated a three-star prospect and the No. 39 offensive tackle in the nation by Scout.com, Barnes made his first trip to NC State this past weekend and talked with Pack Pride about the trip and what his initial impressions were of the Wolfpack.
"When we first got there we had a chance to go see all the facilities and meet with the coaches. I've seen a lot of facilities but those were the best I've ever seen. We watched some of the practice and I really liked the tempo and the way they ran it."
While State has yet to offer, Barnes says he hopes he can change that in a few weeks when the coaches can hit the road for the spring evaluation period.
"Coach Kitchings is the coach for State that is recruiting me," said Barnes. "We've talked a few times and I really like him. I guess you could say he's kind of a father figure type coach to me. State hasn't offered me yet but coach Kitchings said he's going to come by and watch me work out this spring and I feel like they'll offer me then."
NC State isn't the only program keeping an eye on Barnes but they are one of the early leaders for his commitment should they decide to offer.
"I'm also hearing from LSU, Missouri, Duke, Florida and some others. Right now I would say my top three are LSU, Florida and NC State."