Sumter (SC) Lakewood defensive end Andrew White received an offer from Dave Doeren's staff in March and he has been learning more about the Wolfpack ever since.
White has made an extra effort to learn about NC State since the program offered him. He has even made the trip from his home in Sumter to Raleigh for two of NC State's practices during the spring. He noticed that the players were working hard and responding to the enthusiastic coaching methods the new staff employed. But he noticed something beyond guys that were working hard.
"There were a lot of guys running around that looked like they were having fun while they were practicing. I thought that was pretty cool. I like the way they did things there," he said.
Des Kitchings wouldn't be White's position coach but he has had a big hand in recruiting him so far. White said Kitching's coaching style and demeanor is exactly what he likes in a coach. He also noted the other coaches have been impressive in the same ways.
"They've all got positive attitudes and they keep in sync with the players."
It's not just the coaches. It's the school.
White said academics will be one of the most important considerations in his choice. At least in that area NC State is highly appealing.
"The school has my major (sports medicine) so that's another thing. I'd put them close to the top," he said.
White has the build of a speed rusher on the edge whether he plays defensive end or outside linebacker. He has demonstrated his ability time and again to get into the backfield with 52 tackles and 22 tackles for loss last year.
He sacked opposing quarterbacks 12 times and forced three fumbles.
Clemson would also be close to the top of White's list. The local school has not offered like NC State has but he is close to the program and knows a lot about the school simply by virtue of his residence in the state. White will camp at Clemson this summer. He attended their spring game and said the environment was impressive.