Official visits are a reward for what a player has accomplished. When the player is committed his official visit takes on even more of a celebratory feel.
More than anything however official visits are a time to look forward to the future. NC State brought in a lot of their 2016 commitments a few weeks back, and Topsail (NC) offensive lineman Joe Sculthorpe said it was a good time for everybody to learn more about each other.
Sculthorpe (6-2, 285 pounds) has visited NC State many times before but this trip was a little different. Official visits always are different than other kinds of visits.
"For one they put me up in a real nice hotel and fed me a lot of food."
That was just one thing that was different. The football practice he and the other visitors watched was different as well. The Wolfpack was preparing for a bowl game instead of a regular season game. At the time of Sculthorpe's visit NC State's players and coaches did not know they would be competing against Mississippi State in their bowl game.
"They actually found out that weekend the day after we watched them practice. But the way they were practicing it looked like they just wanted to play. It was cool seeing that and how it will be when we're up there. I got a little excited watching the 1-on-1s in practice."
The best part of the trip for Sculthorpe was meeting more of the players and the coaches. All of the commitments have been close throughout their time of being with the Wolfpack since they have been talking and texting for months.
Host Philip Walton took Sculthorpe out to get some food one time. He also brought Sculthorpe in to spend time with his friends in his apartment.
Des Kitchings and Mike Uremovich talked to Sculthorpe at length and although they brought up football once in a while that was mostly an afterthought with casual conversation dominating the majority of their time.
"Academics were a big part of it. I think on Saturday we did some of that. I picked criminology to be my major. The head of the department came and had breakfast with me and talked about how it would be set up. I've thought about doing it for a while. I've thought about trying to get into it because I've always found it to be pretty interesting. I'd like to eventually get into the DEA or something like that eventually or work myself up to something like that."
Sculthorpe said none of the coaches have visited his house but that could happen in January. He said Matt Canada did visit his school before the official visit and Kitchings has also been doing that.