Virginia Tech is a school that has enjoyed recruiting success in the state of North Carolina and they appeared to continue that trend when they landed a commitment from Durham (NC) Hillside defensive back Kalen McCain back in April.
Before pledging to the Hokies, Louisville, Georgia Tech and particularly NC State felt good about their chances so his quick decision caught some recruiting analysts by surprise.
While the Wolfpack hasn't necessarily had good results at Hillside, they persevered and continued to pursue McCain. At some point, Wolfpack running back's coach Des Kitchings connected with McCain and the three-star safety began to have second thoughts. After a few days of consideration, he had a change of heart.
Shortly after publically announcing his decommitment from Virginia Tech, McCain was at NC State for a 7 on 7 camp with his teammates. Once completed, the Hillside team circled McCain and NC State head coach Dave Doeren and Kitchings were called over. It was then that McCain announced his commitment to the Pack.
"I had been feeling really good about them and they had been in contact with me a lot so I felt like I was ready to join the Wolfpack.
"I had been thinking about State for a while but they had come in the picture just recent and so I just decided to decommit from Virginia Tech and commit to the Wolfpack."
Location and familiarity with the Wolfpack coaching staff proved to be critical factors in swaying McCain away from Virginia Tech.
"I love the environment at NC State and plus, it's close to home," said McCain. "I got to know a lot of the coaches real well and I just feel like I could make a big impact at State real early."
At 6-2, 175 pounds McCain is rated the No. 64 safety in the nation by Scout.com. On film he shows tremendous instincts and is adept at baiting quarterbacks into thinking a receiver is open. He is surprisingly strong and extremely aggressive given his size and shows outstanding closing speed on running plays.
Now on the Wolfpack's commitment list, McCain says State fans don't have to worry about a change of heart.
"After committing to State, I'm done with recruiting."