The Wolfpack ventured into Florida to pass out an offer to Timberland High wideout M.J. Jarrell on April 6. Because of that offer and some others from schools in range of Raleigh the Orlando wide receiver is ready to hop in a car and travel up the eastern seaboard to see what schools to the north of sunny Florida have in store.
Every year there are a huge number of players in Florida who find themselves in the situation that Jarrell is in today. They may have spent their entire lives in Florida but for the first time they find themselves starting to think about their life after high school as taking them somewhere else. That happens a lot when the schools outside their state come around with offers and invitations to visit.
It isn't always easy to visit the countless schools that recruit those Florida players but times like spring break and the summer are some of the best chances to make it happen. Those serious about leaving home usually prove it by visiting some of their top choices.
Jarrell (6-2, 183) is still wide open as a recruit but as with any other player who he visits and how he spends his time will speak volumes. That is almost always the case and that is good news for schools in the ACC who like Jarrell. There are a lot of them.
"I'm planning on going to one of NC State's practices to kind of get a feel for what they expect from their receivers. I don't know much about the offense they run or anything like that basically but that's why I'm going up there."
That was a visit planned on short notice with NC State offering just a few days ago. That means Jarrell does have some interest in NC State even though he has only had the offer for a matter of days. The trip was easier to plan than it seems on the surface.
Jarrell was already planning to visit some other schools in the general vicinity of NC State. Not schools right in the Pack's shadow but those in the same region that makes up so much of the ACC.
"I believe I'm going to Wake Forest also and I'll be stopping by Virginia Tech."
Three ACC schools will make presentations and try to find the right chord that strikes the right note with Jarrell. Because he will visit so many schools Jarrell will not have too long at any one place but visiting the colleges back to back will make it easier to compare for likes and dislikes more easily than if they were more spread out.
Jarrell does not know much about NC State's offense and needs to learn more about a lot of other things by his own admission but he has been talking to George McDonald behind the scenes for a long time.
"They told me they were very interested and the coach told me they were going to analyze me as a player to make sure I was a perfect fit for the offense. Then they made it happen and offered. They said they were planning on coming by one of my spring practices. The coach that offered is the one I'll be talking to I believe. He seems like a pretty cool coach and one you can joke around with but when it comes down to it he pushes you to the limit and he expects a lot of you."
Coach McDonald told Jarrell that his ability to make plays in space and to pick up yards after the catch is the biggest reason he wanted to target him as a receiver for NC State. McDonald was also impressed by Jarrell's hands and his consistency in catching passes.
This past weekend Jarrell was scheduled to visit Ohio and Bowling Green. Those schools play in less prestigious conferences than the ACC but Jarrell said he wants to prove his appreciation to every school that has offered and is recruiting him without ruling anyone out before doing as much research as he can.