"NC State and Army were the only two that offered as an offensive lineman," said Folsom. "Coach U. from NC State told me that he liked my build and my length. He said I was a good defensive lineman, but he though I could be elite if I moved to the offensive line. He said my game translates over."
Folsom committed to NC State on Thursday, and his reasons were simple.
"I visited the school, and I really liked it," he said. "I feel like the coaching staff fits me well. They have a great Engineering program, and I loved the campus. It was nicer than I thought it would be... everything was top-notch."
Folsom's relationship with NC State offensive line coach Mike Uremovich was also a factor.
"He's a great dude," said Folsom. "I really feel like he can take me in and treat me like a son. I hadn't got that feeling from any other position coach I talked to."
He pointed out that he was measured at 6'4.5 and 272 pounds with a 6-foot-9 wingspan, and NC State is recruiting him to play offensive tackle. How did the coaches react when he called to commit?
"They were excited," he said. "They said they are ready for me to get there." Now Folsom can focus on his senior season and senior year. With a 3.6 GPA, he added that he's going to be an early enrollee at NC State.
"It's a lot off my back," said Folsom. "People are always asking me where I'm going, and now I can relax and play football. They don't have to ask anymore.
"I think NC State has a program that's on the rise. I feel like in the next few years they'll be one of the top in the country. They are about to take off."