Culler Close To A Decision?

Wilmington (NC) Laney standout Coult Culler has started all three seasons at middle linebacker and is coming off a huge junior year.

Wilmington (NC) Laney standout Coult Culler has started all three seasons at middle linebacker and is coming off a huge junior year.

"I had a great year," said Culler. "I think I had around 130 tackles and was named all-conference and Mid-Eastern Defensive Player of the Year.

"I love playing linebacker. It's what I've always played. My biggest strengths are reading plays and making angle tackles. I'm also good at tackling the dive and quarterback keepers. I would say my biggest weakness is probably my pass rush."

Culler's strong play has led to offers from NC State, North Carolina, and ECU. Checking in at 6-foot-4 and 230 pounds, Culler has a frame that could add even more weight. That means he could potentially grow into a defensive lineman on the next level.

"Well, right now UNC is recruiting me as an athlete, but [NC] State and ECU are recruiting me to play linebacker," he said. "I would prefer to stay at linebacker because that is where I've always played, but I know it depends on how much more I grow. If I stay about like I am now I can play linebacker, but if I put on 30 or 40 pounds I will probably play defensive end wherever I go."

Culler recently attended North Carolina's spring game.

"It was really good," he said. "I enjoyed it. I was up there for Junior Day and really like the coaches. Coach Disch has done a great job recruiting me and pointing out the strengths of their program."

However, North Carolina isn't the school that Culler says is currently recruiting him the hardest.

"I would probably say NC State is recruiting me the hardest right now," he stated. "They've been sending me a lot of stuff in the mail, and since they've offered I have been in contact with coach Kitchings a lot... probably two or three times a week.

"NC State has been recruiting me for a while... I went there last year for a camp, but the interest really picked up with the new staff and coach Kitchings. I've now been up there for a camp and I was at their Junior Day when they played Miami in basketball."

The Wolfpack was the most recent offer picked up by Culler.

"They offered me a few weeks ago," he said. "Coach Doeren offered me on the phone. He told me about their program and how he thought I could fit in."

Culler will be in Raleigh this weekend for the Wolfpack's spring game.

"It's pretty big," he said. "I really want to stay in-state because of my family and NC State is only about two hours away... all three are real close to home."

That decision could come soon. Culler indicated that he is close to giving a verbal commitment.

"I think here in a couple of weeks I might know where I want to go," he said. "If I wanted to I think I could make one right now, but I'm just going to give it a few more weeks.

"Everybody is about even... there isn't really a leader. I just have to pick the one I like the most."

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