Glass: "The Best Is Yet To Come"

Junior Safety Timothy Glass talks about his decision to commit to NC State.

Liberty Christian Academy in Danville (VA) is off to a 4-2 start and junior safety/receiver Tim Glass has played a huge part in that. He's helped out at receiver but his future is at safety. Glass was a standout at NC State's camp and that led to the junior defender's first scholarship offer and that's something that played a major part in his recent decision to commit to the Wolfpack.

Listed at 6-0, 205 pounds Glass already has great size but that's even more impressive when you consider he's just half way through his junior season. That potential helped Glass land early offers from Cincinnati, Virginia and East Carolina in addition to NC State with interest coming from schools like Ohio State, Miami, Pittsburgh, UNC and Virginia Tech among others. However, it was the team that provided him his first offer that Glass felt the strongest pull. He talked with Pack Pride about his decision to commit.

"I really love the coaching staff they have down there. It's also just a great school by itself in that they have a great academic program. Their football program is on the rise. They're starting to get some good football players. Coach Doeren is trying to win down there and I want to help them win. I think in a couple of years we're going to be competing for championships.

"The fan base is really great. I love their fans down there. The facilities are the best in the ACC. For one, they were the first to offer and the first to show me love and I really took that under consideration."

It's becoming more common for juniors to commit so they can focus on the remainder of their high school career. Glass is the third 2016 commitment for the Wolfpack, joining offensive linemen Harrison Gee and Joe Sculthorpe. For Glass, he knew where he wanted to go so there was no need to delay his decision.

"I knew that's where I wanted to be. I visited other other colleges and they just didn't compare to NC State. I just knew that's the place where I wanted to be and the coaches just won me over with everything they offer."

Glass said the coaching staff was thrilled to learn of his decision but it was the fan's reaction that may have caught him a little off guard.

"When I told coach Barlow, they were really excited. I talked to coach Doeren and he was very excited. He let me talk to rest of the staff and they were all real hyped up about me committing. And then the fans, my phone was ringing so much (with Twitter notifications). I'll tell you, I really love the fans down there."

Speaking of those fans, most on social media recognize Glass as 'Bam-Bam Mongoose'. So where exactly did that nickname come from?

"The name "BamBam" was giving to me as a toddler when I was in pre-school," said Glass. "I got the name mongoose from my uncle by playing (as a freshman on varsity) so aggressive against juniors and seniors and playing fast and striking quick like a mongoose."

Many feel Glass has the potential to blossom into a big time safety down the road which could lead to some heavy hitters getting involved along the way. Should that happen, how would it affect Glass's commitment to the Pack?

"It wouldn't affect my commitment. That's one thing me and my family talked about. We know that other people will probably be coming and I told them that I was 110% sure that this was what I wanted to do. If other schools come they just come. I'm not going anywhere else. NC State is where I'm going. I'm hard locked in on NC State so that's where I'm going. Coach Doeren told me that once I committed he didn't want me visiting other schools and I told him he didn't have to worry about me going anywhere else."

Glass visited recently for the Boston College game and was also on hand for NC State's hard fought loss to the defending national champs. That game created a special atmosphere in Carter-Finley Stadium but Glass said that was exactly what he expected.

"The atmosphere didn't surprise me because I knew how the fans were going to be and that's one thing I love about State. I knew the fans were going to be jumping. I knew it was going to be loud. The team went out and fought hard against the national champions and it doesn't get any bigger than that. They played a great game and you can't take that away from them."

Glass added that he's already hard at work trying to get others to join him at NC State.

"I've really been talking to a lot of guys about coming with me down to NC State. I feel like I'm going to get some people to go in with me and I already know some people that will commit to NC State but they're just taking their time. The best is yet to come really."

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