Holden: "The Visit Was Great"

NC State commitment Deonte Holden talks about his official visit to NC State with Pack Pride.

Hyattsville (MD) Dematha Catholic defensive end Deonte Holden visited NC State last spring fell in love with the Pack and committed in June. Since that time he has been a rock solid commitment for the Wolfpack.

Although he hasn't been able to visit Raleigh as often as some of the Pack's in-state commitments, Holden made up for lost time this past weekend when he made his official visit to NC State. He talked with Pack Pride about the trip.

"The visit was great," he said. "I got to meet some of the football players that's there right now and they were pretty cool. It made it seem very comfortable to be there. I'm glad I got have that experience."

Holden was accompanied by his parents on the trip. It was his mother's first visit to NC State but both came away impressed with what the Wolfpack had to offer their son.

"Both my parents went with me on the visit. They both had the same feeling about State that I had. My dad has always told me that your decision is my decision. They both liked the school. My mother, that was her first time there and she loved it. She had a great impression of the school."

Holden was hosted by a current Wolfpack defensive end and he said the two immediately hit it off.

"Mike Rose was my host and we really got along. I feel like his personality is almost the same as mine so I can see myself in him."

There were four uncommitted prospects on official visits to State this weekend and Holden said the current commitments did their part to try to sway the players still considering the Pack.

"We were definitely working on the guys that aren't committed to State because the more, the better. We need to add people to the family so we can reach that ultimate goal of winning championships."

State still has unfinished business at Dematha as they're in the mix for Holden's teammate, OL Brock Ruble. Holden told Pack Pride that he feels good about State's chances.

"I feel great about Brock. Florida State is coming to his house tonight (Monday evening) and after that he'll make his decision. I put a good word in to him and hopefully he decides to come. He will decide soon. I know it's after the FSU visit. I know coach Doeren and coach Nielsen are supposed to be here on Tuesday."

Holden is rated a three-star prospect and the No. 66 defensive end in the nation by Scout.com.

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