"I went to NC State this weekend, and it was probably the best visit I have been on," said Chase Pine. "It was just all round good- with the coaches, seeing the field, and being the only player there, are big reasons why I liked it so much."
The three-star linebacker from Williamsburg (Va.) Lafayette had a chance to connect with Dave Doeren's staff-with each member there telling Pine a reassuring message.
"Every coach I talked to said I was high on their list of recruits," he said. "I talked to their defensive coordinator, Dave Huxtable. Me and him and my dad had a long conversation about what a toolbox for a linebacker would be. We had a good time with the things we came up with.
"Plus I just got to see everything. I asked a lot of questions and they answered the exact way I wanted them answered. It was a great all around visit."
Pine took in the sights around Carter-Finley Stadium, describing it as "mind-blowing." But just like any student-athlete, Pine was very excited when he was able to learn about the programs the school offers in medicine.
"I am big in sports medicine and they have a big sports medicine program down there," he said, "with all the water activities they have when players are hurt. It's just great."
NC State is not the only school pursuing the 6-foot-4, 210 pounder. Pine is up to 11 offers, with Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Georgia, Virginia California, Buffalo,Old Dominion, Marshall and Wake Forest all extending scholarships. However, that list has the potential to become longer with Notre Dame and North Carolina showing more interest.
Along with the Pack, Pine says Syracuse and Pitt have been recruiting hm the hardest. He does not expect to make a decision this summer,because he plans to make some crucial visits before any announcement is made.
"Probably midseason, I will be making my decision to commit," he said. "I am trying to get to all the schools that I like.
"Georgia is on my books of camps this year; Notre Dame next month June 19th; and I am going to Pittsburgh and probably California."