Cedar Grove (GA) linebacker Elysee Mbem-Bosse was on NC State's campus over the weekend for his first official visit, and he left impressed with the Wolfpack.
"It was great," said Mbem-Bosse. "Everything about it was great. My host was my teammate from high school, Quentez Johnson, was my host and we had a great time. It was an advantage in NC State's way that he's there because a linebacker's best friend is their defensive tackles and ends, and we alreayd have a great relationship."
Johnson, who appears to be redshirting this season, teamed up with Mbem-Bosse at Cedar Grove High School before signing with NC State in February.
"Well, we talked about our high school days and what it's like on campus," said Mbem-Bosse. "We hung out and talked a lot about NC State. I know it's a great place."
What was the best part of the visit for Mbem-Bosse?
"The best part was when I saw the relationship the coaches had with the players," he said. "It was something amazing. Quentez was telling me all the time about how they are and you see it, that bond they have."
Mbem-Bosse, who is being recruited by NC State defensive line coach Ryan Nielsen, spent time with the coaches prior to leaving campus. What was the Wolfpack's recruiting pitch?
"They were telling me that I'd have the chance to play early," he said. "They think can contribute and like what I would bring to the team."
The 6-foot-2, 232-pound standout is rated the No. 15 linebacker in the country by Scout.com, and he holds offers from some of the top programs in the country. Schools like Wake Forest, USC, Michigan, Auburn, and Alabama are serious in the ix, along with NC State.
With one official visit in the books, Mbem-Bosse added that he plans to visit at least two other schools.
"Auburn and Alabama will get officials for sure," he stated.
A mid-year enrollee, Mbem-Bosse will be making a decision later in the year. He doesn't have a timeframe or a leader, but there are a couple of main factors he will be looking for in his future college.
"The biggest factor is I want to get a great education," he said. "I'm also looking for a strong program and a good relationship with the coaches."