Before NC State offered Tommy Stevens a few days ago the Hoosier state native had never given much thought to the Wolfpack.
Now he's got plenty to think about.
As Stevens was finishing up some homework from his Algebra II class at Decatur Central in Indianapolis he noticed that NCSU assistant coach Eddie Faulkner had sent him a direct message on Twitter. In that message Faulkner had asked Stevens to give him a call.
"That's when he basically told me the good news. It was exciting. I've grown up watching football and I've always been around football. Growing up I wasn't really watching NC State much but I've always seen NC State. I know who they are and I know a little about their program. I know they're successful."
In the past, especially during the Seattle Seahawks' playoff and Super Bowl run, the coaches would send Stevens mail that highlighted Russell Wilson's ties to the Pack.
On top of that Stevens said he's been staying in contact with Coach Faulkner.
"He helped heavily recruit an offensive tackle at my school, Lukayus (McNeil). It helps to have two Division I tackles. Those guys have helped a lot. Schools were in the process of recruiting them and they would always say hello to me also," said Stevens.
Stevens said he's somewhat familiar with the offense NC State runs. He knows it's a spread-based system that does allow for an emphasis on the ground game and puts a high value on a quarterback's ability to run but he doesn't have many details yet.
Plenty of other schools have offered including Cincinnati, Iowa, Indiana, Purdue, Toledo and Western Michigan among others but Stevens is trying not to think too hard about who might be standing out.
"Everybody's the same. I'm taking it slow and looking at all my options. I want to see how everybody lines up against each other. I'm not sure when I'll make a decision. I'm not sure if that's going to be sooner or later. I'm going to let it all play out.
"I've visited schools that are closer to my area so far. If I was to visit NC State that would probably be the farthest-away school I've visited. I'm not sure how far it is but I'd say it's probably about ten hours away from my house. I've visited IU, Purdue, Cincinnati and Iowa. I've been to Ball State. I plan on visiting IU again this weekend and I'm going to be heading to Tennessee."
Stevens didn't grow up with too much allegiance to any one program but since his middle school years he has taken more interest in Oregon and more recently the Ducks have reached out to him as well.
Stevens is rated a three-star QB by Scout.com. As a junior he threw for over 1,600 yards while adding better than 1,000 yards on the ground. Stevens threw 15 touchdown passes and ran for 10 more.