Before Shelby (NC) Crest offensive lineman Kollin Byers committed to NC State, he had spent quite a bit of time being recruited by Appalachian State and along the way developed a strong bond with then Mountaineer OL coach Dwayne Ledford. The fact that Ledford would ultimately end up at NC State was an added bonus for Byers.
"Coach Ledford was at Appalachian State and me and him got really close when he was up there. I visited up there a bunch and went to his camps so we knew each other pretty well. I found out he was coming and that was a win-win for me. I got to play for the coach I really liked and for the team I love."
Byers (6-4, 250 pounds) has visited NC State numerous times over the last several months but had a chance to make his official visit with the Wolfpack a little over a week ago. It was a chance to get an in-depth look at the Pack, catch up with his new position coach and get to know State's new offensive coordinator.
"The visit went great," said Byers. "It was a great trip and we had a lot of fun. We got to interact with a lot of the players, and I spent a lot of time with coach Ledford.
"I also had a chance to mee with the new offensive coordinator and coach Drinkwitz- he's really nice and full of energy. We had a good time getting to know each other and I reallylike him. He's going to be good for the offense."
Originally recruited as a blueshirt prospect, Byers signed on Wednesday and will report in June. Byers was a Shrine Bowl selection and performed well during his week in Spartanburg. He is rated a three-star prospect and the No. 74 offensive tackle in the country by Scout.com.