NC State secured the centerpiece of their 2017 recruiting efforts when they landed a pledge from Wakefield (NC) quarterback Matt McKay back in February.
The three-star signal-caller had a big junior season, finishing with 2,403 yards passing and 29 touchdowns and 1,186 rushing and 17 additional scores on the ground.
He chose the Pack over offers from Pittsburgh, Temple and West Virginia among others.
McKay was recruited briefly by newly-hired offensive coordinator Eliah Drinkwitz before committing to the Pack. He had a chance to work out for his future position coach recently at NC State’s football camp.
“This was my first time and he’s pretty good. He’s a great coach. He’s hard on you but he’s trying to make you better and I like that.”
McKay flashed his impressive arm strength and athletic ability during the three hour work out although he admitted, learning new drills and working with players you’re unfamiliar with can be challenging, particularly for a quarterback.
“It’s pretty tough but I adjust to it well. It’s new to me and challenging but I know it makes me better. I don’t know a lot of the guys that were out there at camp but we were connecting so that’s all that mattered.”
McKay has also been one of State’s more vocal recruiters and ironically, during his workout with coach Drinkwitz, the Pack actually landed one of the players he had been talking to frequently over the last several weeks.
“Emeka (Emezie) committed and that felt great. Before the camp we took a picture together and I was thinking, ‘this could be us- Pack 17’ and now it is so it’s awesome.
“Emeka was the main guy I was on but since we got him, I’m still on Matthew Butler and there’s some guys outside the state we’re trying to get too.”
Matt McKay is rated a three-star recruit and the No. 57 quarterback in the country by Scout.com.