The Virginia Cavaliers want LB/DE LaRonde Liverpool (6-3, 225 pounds) to feel like they are his top local choice if he wants to stay in his home state. NC State would love to be thought of as the alternative.
Liverpool does not seem to care whether he stays in his state of Virginia or whether he leaves. He wants the best fit wherever it is. There are obvious advantages when a school is close to home but it is not as though NC State is a long drive for the Virginia Beach high school junior.
He did not have any problem transiting to NC State for a recruiting get together two weeks ago. Liverpool was one of many juniors visiting State around that time.
“They gave us a little introduction on what they’re all about. Then they showed us a lot of the academic stuff like the academic buildings and a tour of the campus. They showed us the players dorms and then we went to the facilities for the football players. We got to meet our position coaches and went over what a film session would be like with them. That was about it.”
It was a full day that was not too heavy on any one area. Since most players there only had one day the coaches wanted the day to give them a taste of everything they needed to see on campus. There were things Liverpool liked better than others but overall the trip was a big success.
“I really liked the players dorms a lot. When I’m thinking college dorms I’m thinking 30 people on one floor all sharing a bathroom. There you have your own space. It’s almost like you’re living by yourself.
“The school is a little more spaced out than I would like it to be but I could get used to it. But I thought the facilities were pretty cool. They have some crazy stuff in there. I like how the track is inside. You don’t have to go outside to get your track work in. You can stay inside for that.”
Liverpool said he was impressed with what the coaches told him that he would do in their defensive set up. Now he plays both OLB and DE for Landstown. He rotates back and forth between positions depending on what he can best do in any package or based on what the offense is showing. NC State’s coaches said they see Liverpool as a stand up defensive end.
During his visit to NC State Liverpool had a chance to talk to the Wolfpack's head coach. Coach Doeren told Liverpool that he liked what he had seen from him on film and he believes he can be a big time player in the ACC.
“He told me if I come up there they aren’t going to kiss my butt. They’re going to make m work which I like. They’re straight forward.”
Without singling out one school as being the school to beat Liverpool said NC State is one of his top choices. Clemson would be up there too because he visited that school more recently than any of the others he has been to. That’s saying something because Liverpool has taken a lot of visits in the past several weeks including to Maryland, Virginia Tech and Duke. He goes to Wake Forest next weekend.
“Clemson is just different. I liked it. It’s something a little different about them. I couldn’t tell you. I really couldn’t tell you what it s. It’s just different.”