Four-star offensive lineman Gabe Megginson visited NC State, Ohio State and Penn State during his school's spring break.
The Jacksonville (IL) prospect grew up around Big Ten football so the trips to Ohio State and Penn State were interesting for him. Both offer unique things and while they are big-time programs with big stadiums they have some similarities.
"Obviously they both have great traditions and great success in the history of their programs. Ohio State has done really well most recently. You can tell by the way they carry themselves they're very confident in the way they're doing things no matter whether they win or lose. But obviously Penn State has the new staff and I liked seeing how they communicate with the players that have been there."
NC State was a little different. Megginson has known Dave Doeren for some time dating back to when he was at Northern Illinois and in his backyard. But while the coaching staff is familiar to Megginson the school was very new. Despite the unfamiliarity with the Wolfpack program itself, Megginson came away impressed.
"It was really nice. I didn't really know what to expect so it was pretty cool going into it having no idea. I was really impressed and thought it was a unique place. I was in North Carolina for three days for a vacation. I was in Raleigh so I got to see the school three days in a row. I saw a spring practice and a scrimmage.
"The coaches are great people. I've known them for quite a while now. It was awesome to get to see them again. They're just great people. Their players really want to play at the highest level and they were getting after it."
Megginson said he toured the campus and got to see what the school has to offer academically. He was impressed with that as well.
He was one of the top football recruits to visit NC State in the spring and the coaches made sure they gave him plenty of attention.
"I talked to Coach Uremovich, Coach Cullen (Homolka) and Coach Doeren and they were saying I could come in and really make a difference right away. They were saying they really want me bad and I could help turn that thing around."