Pack Pursuing Liverpool

NC State has offered linebacker Laronde' Liverpool, and he will be visiting soon.

We don’t know what kind of odds NC State has with outside linebacker LaRonde’ Liverpool. That’s because not even he knows. He will know a lot more in the near future.

Liverpool (6-3, 225) was scheduled to visit NC State this past weekend for junior day, but he wasn't able to make it. Now he plans on visiting this weekend.

Virginia was the first school to offer Liverpool. That offer caught his attention. Liverpool attends Landstown HS in Virginia. Mike London has done a good job keeping local players in the state and Landstown sent Kyle Dockins to Virginia as recently as three years ago. Dockins is a big name around Landstown. He was the first player at the school to sign with an ACC school since Sterlin Phifer did so with Boston College in 2009. Nobody from Landstown has gone to an ACC school on a football scholarship since.

Liverpool has a lot of good things to say about Virginia even though the football team has had its tough times during the London era.

“It’s a really good school academically. It’s a really good business program. It’s not across the street but it’s closer than most of the schools. I’ve been there a couple of times. I went on my own and I’ve been on unofficial visits. I know Kyle Dockins up there. I haven’t heard much from them lately.”

It’s a given that Virginia will be a school Liverpool thinks about. He will also want to see how the football team does on the field in the next year. It’s an important year for their program.

NC State is the only other school to offer so that automatically puts them near the front of Liverpool’s thoughts. Even though they have offered Liverpool does not know much of anything about them yet.

“I had no idea they had any interest in me at all. Coach Barlow got up with me and let me know they were offering. That was really unexpected. All he told me was they had watched my highlight tape, and they liked what I saw.”

Liverpool has a firm grasp on his abilities. He does not try to sugarcoat things. Some players believe they should be five star recruits. Liverpool has confidence but he also knows who he is.

“I always try to give a good effort. Effort is the big thing with me. I’m not the fastest dude. I can’t jump the highest. I always give good effort.”

He likes playing inside linebacker better than on the outside but he thinks he will play outside in college. Liverpool seems resigned to that and unbothered by it.

Liverpool likes the fact that Virginia is close to home so he is likely to consider that a positive for NC State too. He will get to feel out the distance from home when he visits.

“I’m supposed to be going to be down there on the [21st]. I’m going with my mom and Dedrion Bacote. He’s from the 2016 class, and he has an offer from them too. It was over the summer when they offered him. I think it was before they offered me.”

Liverpool will be a linebacker in college but high school coaches in Virginia honored him as a second-team All-Coastal Conference selection at tight end. He was one of five Landstown players given honors by that group of voting coaches.

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