Durham (NC) Hillside safety Kalen McCain had already made an unofficial visit to NC State a couple of weeks ago after landing an offer from the Wolfpack. This past Saturday he made a return trip for a more in-depth look at what State has to offer. He talked with Pack Pride about the day's event.
"The first thing we did was go to the library and we checked that out," said McCain. "I liked that a lot. That really stood out the most prior to spring practice. We went by the campus and checked out College Inn. I really liked that a lot too. After we left there we watched practice. While I was there I had a chance to talk to coach White, coach McNutt and coach Kitchings. We just hung around and watched practice."
Recruiting is one thing but having a chance to watch the coaches actually coach their positions and interact with the players is something completely different. McCain said he came away impressed with that part of the Wolfpack staff.
"They're all really dedicated and they want everyone on the team to be the best they can be. They go hard every second of practice that they're there and that's just good coaching."
On the recruiting front, the Wolfpack picked up some stiff competition when Virginia Tech offered McCain after showing just sparse interest previously. It was obvious in McCain's voice that the Hokie offer was one that caught his attention.
"It was very surprising but also very welcome," said McCain. I hadn't talked like that with them before but when I got the offer I was really excited. I haven't visited them yet."
With offers on the table from NC State, Virginia Tech, Louisville, Georgia Tech and Appalachian State, where does the Pack rank on McCain's favorite's list?
"State is probably my third team right now behind Virginia Tech and then Louisville.
"I'm going to Louisville during spring break. I'm also going to go to Virginia Tech at some point."
McCain is rated a three-star prospect by Scout.com. As a junior he registered 36 tackles, four interceptions (returned one for a touchdown), five pass breakups, and two forced fumbles.