Terronne Prescod didn't expect to pick NC State until his decision date drew near. For months before that he saw himself playing in the SEC.
Credit the Wolfpack coaching staff for scoring a big win over Auburn, the other school to make the final two for the offensive tackle from Columbia (GA) Decatur. It was a huge recruiting victory for the staff and their tireless efforts were rewarded with a commitment.
"It was the coaching staff. They're young and very energetic. They made me feel like they want me there and need me there. Off the bat it was Coach Nielsen. He seemed like a real cool guy and we talked all the time. We're real close like," Prescod said.
Prescod had visited Auburn many times and NC State just a couple of times as the process wound down. But he took one last trip to each of those schools and that's where it was decided.
The trip to Auburn went well. The trip to NC State was exceptional.
"They made me feel like they want me there and need me there. The fans are great and they're crazy. Also the guys I've talked to from the 2014 class that are committed seem pretty cool. I've met some of them and they seem like great guys," he said.
Prescod could have competed for early playing time at Auburn but acknowledged that was another big selling point for the Pack.
"It really depends on me. If I come in and do my job then I have a great chance of playing early," he said.
As much good work as State's coaches did, the coaching change at Auburn also had a little bit to do with how things played out over the past half year.
"I did think it was going to be Auburn," he said. "But when the new coaching staff came in I felt like an outsider a little bit."
Prescod is rated a three-star prospect and the No. 48 offensive guard in the nation by Scout.com.