NC State became the first school in a major conference to offer Robert Kraeling when he visited for the Wake Forest game. Samford had offered before that and Kraeling is still thinking about that school but it’s not a surprise that NC State has skyrocketed up Kraeling’s list.
In the aftermath of the NC State visit and offer Kraeling (6-8, 240) told Pack Pride that his favorites are NC State, Auburn, Samford, Clemson, Georgia Tech and Duke. All of those schools have been sending letters and letting Kraeling know they consider him a target. Only two of those schools have offered.
“When I came into the visit I knew NC State was a really good school and a very good program but after Saturday I’d say they’re very high on my list. They’re in the top five.”
The offer surprised Kraeling. Samford had offered before the Wolfpack but Kraeling didn’t go into the visit thinking he would leave with an offer. That wasn’t even why he had decided to visit. That it did happen made the trip that much better.
“It wasn’t my first offer but I was very honored to receive it. I had talked to Cullen Homolka a few weeks earlier and he asked if I could come up one weekend. I had a chance to come up. When I did they said they really liked my film and they offered me a scholarship. That happened before the game. I was very surprised.”
The Wolfpack’s Director of Player Personnel spoke with Kraeling in person for the first time over the weekend. Dave Doeren and Mike Uremovich spent some time getting to know him too.
Kraeling likes the coaches and he was also impressed with the facilities. He likes the amount of nutritionists the football program uses and believes their plan for offensive linemen would help him. As a thin prospect that needs to fill out it’s easy to understand why that might be important to someone like Kraeling.
ACC schools have been a theme for Kraeling this year. He visited Clemson and Georgia Tech in recent weeks. NC State makes the third ACC school he has been to in the last month alone.
The SEC is also in Kraeling's sights. He camped at Auburn last summer.
Prince Avenue High School has had some players pick up college interest in recent years but not since QB Jon Richt (2008) signed with Clemson has Kraeling's school had a player sign major college football scholarship papers.