Brackman has New Suitors

When Andrew Brackman left for the Peach Jam a month or so ago, he had offers from MAC schools. That's the likes of Ohio University, Kent State, Bowling Green, Toledo and Marshall.

When he left Orlando less than two weeks later, he was receiving calls from N.C. State, Ohio State, Florida, Cincinnati as well as Pac-10 powers UCLA and Arizona.

The 6-9, 200-pound Cincinnati Moeller High (Ohio) senior, who is also considering Dayton, displayed a wide array of skills, including a hard-nosed relentless style that gained the attention of the Wolfpack coaching staff.

While Brackman appears to be leaning towards Vanderbilt and Ohio State, the Wolfpack have piqued his interest enough that he'll almost certainly take a visit to the campus.

"I don't know too much about them, but I want to take a visit," Brackman said while vacationing in Michigan with his family. "They've been calling every week."

Brackman's decision won't be quite as simple as just finding the right basketball program. He's also a lanky pitcher who throws in the low 90's.

In fact, one day during the Super Showcase in Orlando, Brackman pitched seven innings during the afternoon, allowing a pair of unearned runs, and then scored 14 points in a game with All-Ohio the same night.

Of all the programs he's considering, N.C. State was the highest-ranked in the Collegiate Baseball final poll. Ohio State was the only other Top 25 program.

"I want to play both sports in college," Brackman said.

Brackman still needs to get stronger, but he showed that he was able to compete at the highest level when he traveled with the All-Ohio Red in July. Previously, he played with a small AAU outfit, the Queens City Prophets.

"They weren't going anywhere in July, so I wouldn't have gotten any looks," Brackman said. "It was a good move because I wouldn't be able to make the decision that I'm going to have to make without playing with All-Ohio."

Brackman took an unofficial visit to Ohio State and was enamored with the facilities, so it won't be easy for N.C. State to pry him away from the in-state school. It's also no secret that academics will play a factor, which could make Vanderbilt a viable option.

"My (high school) coach told me when I got back from vacation, he wanted me to narrow it down to 10 schools," Brackman said.

From the looks of it, there's no question that N.C. State has done enough to crack not only the top 10, but likely the top five.

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