We won’t know for sure whether Cade Carney’s visit to NC State for the Florida State game was a decisive moment until he makes his decision but it seems like it could have been.
When you ask Carney if any schools are standing out as favorites he quickly answers no. Then he points out: “I do like NC State a lot.”
That can be attributed to the offer the Wolfpack has extended. It’s also due to a really good experience at Carter-Finley Stadium when the nation’s top team visited weeks ago. He had to pause to try and remember which game he went to. Then it came to him and the laughter started.
“I know it was the Florida State game because I remember a bunch of crab legs in the crowd. It was awesome. They’ve got great fans and they definitely showed up for that game. I love going down to State. It’s a very nice place. I’ve been there at least four times and I’ve gone once this year. If I get a chance I’d love to go back.”
Mike Uremovich wouldn’t coach Carney personally. Carney (5-11, 190) is anything but an offensive lineman. But he does talk to Carney two times most weeks.
Carney made the drive to Atlanta when Georgia Tech played Duke. He went to East Carolina’s blowout win over North Carolina. He plans to visit Virginia Tech soon. Of the here visits he’s been on this year he said the trips to NC State and East Carolina stood out because of the atmosphere the fans created. The Pirate fan base was jubilant as they watched their team put a 70 spot on the Tar Heels and NC State’s fans nearly willed the team to a win against Florida State.
It’s been a fun year as far as watching games is concerned. On the field it’s been a little frustrating for Carney. He’s dealt with nagging injuries since the first part of the season.
Carney played in Davie County’s first two games but then a strained MCL caused him to miss 3 ½ games. He was able to play against North Davidson and then West Forsyth.
“I wouldn’t say I was back to 100% but I was back to where I could play like myself. I had a decent night. Our team started out great. We really had the bulk of the tough part of our schedule early. We started out 4-2 and now we’re 4-4. We have a couple of teams we hope to get wins from to finish out the conference and hopefully that will put us in a spot we’d like to be in.”
Carney said his stats are probably less than impressive because of all the missed action but he’s just glad to be back on the field.
At the beginning of the season he was playing everywhere. Running back, slot, wide out, safety, rover and even in the box. Since coming back from his injury Carney has seen his action limited to time at running back and receiver.