"It went really good," said Kalen McCain. "I knew it was going to be fun, just to hang with some of the players and coaches longer than I was used to. I had a great time.
"The highlight was the last day when all the commitments and parents were together, and we all had our last meeting with coach Doeren and the coaching staff. He talked about what was expected of us and how we could set the tone for what is ahead in the future."
"The coaches were talking about how hard and dedicated they were to improving," McCain added. "They know that with the pieces they'll have next year with the returning players and commitments we're going to have a big change. They are looking forward to it."
McCain, rated a three-star safety by Scout.com, had a terrific senior season for Hillside. He finished the year with 50+ tackles, nine interceptions, seven pass breakups, one sack, and one forced fumble.
Some feel that McCain could play cornerback on the next level due to his length and athleticism. Where does he expect to play for the Wolfpack?
"I got the impression that I might play safety," he stated. "But, I'm not sure because they haven't said for sure yet. I just know I'll be in the secondary.
"It really doesn't matter to me. I'll do corner or safety."
Joining McCain on his official visit was Hillside teammate Trevion Thompson, one of the top wide receiver prospects in the company. Thompson is considering NC State and several other programs.
"We're real close," McCain said of his relationship with Thompson. "We've known each other since middle school. I've been telling him to not forget about us, and we are going to change things.
"I know he gets a long great with the receivers coach, and I know we're both tight with Maurice Trowell from Southern, who is also committed. We're talking about how cool it would be to play together."
McCain will be enrolling at NC State in January and can begin to prepare for his first season by going through spring practice with the Wolfpack.
"I'm really excited for it," he said. "It's not that big of a move for me because I'm from Durham, but I'm ready to get a headstart."
McCain originally committed to NC State over offers from Louisville, Georgia Tech, East Carolina, and Virginia Tech among others.