That first offer is always big. It changes everything. You don’t forget the school that gave it out and it comes with a feeling of increased confidence and purpose.
The future just got a lot more real for Oradell (NJ) standout cornerback Emmanuel Appiah (6-0, 180 pounds). He knew he had a chance to play football in college. He got confirmation from someone that can make it happen last Tuesday when NC State offered him. The Wolfpack’s offer was Appiah’s first.
If you had told Appiah that his first offer was going to come from NC State he probably would not have been too shocked. At least recently. He probably didn’t grow up thinking NC State would give him his first offer. But since life as a recruit began it was apparent the school was as interested as any other. Lots of schools had inquired. Few as much or as sincerely as the Pack. Appiah found out about the offer from his head coach at Bergen Catholic.
“I was very excited. I was just telling the coach that I liked NC State, and they told me they liked my tape a lot. They came by the school recently. They were showing interest before that and talking to my coach. I do know a little bit about the tradition of the Wolfpack. I’m looking forward to visiting next year.”
NC State is unique among those that have looked into Appiah. Regional schools Rutgers, Boston College and Syracuse are looking into him as someone in their backyard that they might want to offer as a local recruit. There are some schools in other regions that have reached out including Michigan, Ohio State and Louisville.
When coaches visit Bergen Catholic it’s not as though they are only going to see Appiah. The school has many players that can aspire to play football beyond their high school years. That platform is helpful to younger players like Appiah that are trying to gain attention. With an offer from NC State Appiah is guaranteed to get a lot of attention now.
Growing up Penn State was often on Appiah’s mind. He admits to having a soft spot for the school. Now that he is a recruit he has visited as one. As he thinks about what school he might like to attend Penn State is still a thought that comes to mind often.
“I went to their camp but then I visited again with Jarrett Guarantano. It’s a great school. I’ve always liked Penn State and their tradition. Their fans are really good. They have some really good fans. They’re just crazy. The game day atmosphere is going to be a really big impact for me.”
Rutgers cannot match Penn State’s game day atmosphere but now that they are in the Big Ten it is a more attractive choice for some New Jersey players that were already accustomed to visiting. That is the only other school Appiah has been to so far. Appiah said he was impressed at how competitive Rutgers was at times in their first year in the conference.