McSorley High On The Wolfpack

NC State has emerged as a major contender for standout Ashburn (VA) Briar Woods quarterback Trace McSorley.

Ashburn (VA) Briar Woods quarterback Trace McSorley has plenty of college options, and a big reason is his production on the prep level.

First of all, he is a winner, having led Briar Woods to multiple state titles, including a championship during his junior season when he threw for 2,506 yards and 33 touchdowns with six interceptions.

Also, the 6-foot-1, 180-pounder totaled 34 tackles, six interceptions, and seven pass breakups at safety.

He is now considering offers not only to play quarterback, but also safety, in college.

"It's been great to get the college offers that I now have," said McSorley. "I've got Purdue, NC State, Boston College, Massachusetts, Charlotte, UNC, Virginia Tech, UCONN, Vanderbilt, Wester Michigan, Ohio, and ODU."

As it stands now, two programs seem to be separating from the others due to how hard they are pursuing McSorley.

"NC State and Boston College are recruiting me the hardest right now," he said. "Both are really talking to me a lot, and showing me a lot of attention.

"They are telling me that I'm the kind of guy they want to get in. I know Boston College has one quarterback committed already, but they told me they are definitely going to take two quarterbacks and they say I fit their offense."

Boston College has a commitment from Darius Wade, and North Carolina also has a quarterback commitment, Caleb Henderson. Early commitments at that position can eliminate schools, and it also puts some pressure on players to pick their college as soon as possible.

"It kind of does put a little more pressure on me to narrow things down," said McSorley. "I have to take advantage of all the visits and pay attention when I'm on campus. I'm starting to focus on certain schools even more."

One of those schools is NC State. Wolfpack assistant Richard McNutt is heading up McSorley's recruitment, and he's being assisted by offensive coordinator Matt Canada and head coach Dave Doeren.

"Coach McNutt is the recruiter I'm talking to at NC State," said McSorley. "He's a high-energy guy. I really like him. [Laughing] He's into it.

"I've been talking with him, coach Doeren, and coach Canada a lot. They are talking to me about the offense and where they see me fitting in. They are saying that they are going to run a similar offense to what I run in high school and what they ran at Northern Illinois... zone reads, play-action, rollouts."

McSorley was in Raleigh a few weeks back for an unofficial visit.

"I was there for a practice," he said. "I really enjoyed it. I got a chance to really see the football aspect of it, and now I want to go back and see it all more in-depth.

"I was able to meet with all the coaches and sit in on a meeting with coach Canada. That stood out, being able to learn more about the offense."

Last week, NC State offensive coordinator Matt Canada went up to visit McSorley.

"Coach Canada was at practice, and he had a chance to see me throw the ball around," said McSorley. "I think he left excited about what he saw."

While McSorley is being recruited by NC State, BC, Purdue and others to play quarterback, some are hoping he commits to playing safety.

"I am open [to playing safety] to an extent," he said. "That could be the quickest way for me to get on the field, and I want to play, but I've always played quarterback. The schools recruiting me to play quarterback see me coming in and making an impact early."

As of now there is no true leader, but McSorley is in the process of narrowing down his list of schools.

"I wouldn't say I have a clear leader right now," he said. "I'm still looking at everyone. I do have a set five, in no particular order, of Boston College, NC State, UNC, Vanderbilt, and Purdue."

In fact, he plans on visiting NC State again soon.

"I believe I'm going to NC State for an unofficial visit on May 4th," he said. "I think it's going to be an overnight trip, maybe May 4th to May 6th... that is the plan right now.

"I just want to get down there and see more of the school. I also may try to go to North Carolina while I am down there."

"Now that I've narrowed my focus to five schools, I think the process can speed up some more," McSorley added. "I can now learn more about those five as I get closer to making a decision."

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