N.C. State has made the cut for four-star guard Brandon Rachal's list as the Louisiana native is still heavily considering the Wolfpack.
The 6-foot-5 guard from Natchitoches, Louisiana is now down to Auburn, LSU, N.C. State, Oklahoma State, Stephen F. Austin, Texas, Texas A&M, Tulane and VCU as Wolfpack head coach Mark Gottfried and two assistants watched Rachal multiple times in Las Vegas.
"N.C. State, they've been coming on tough. Their coaches call me a lot, talking to my parents and stuff and building a good relationship with me. I like their coaches, they're really cool. Coach Pierre, Coach Gottfried and all of them are really cool," Rachal said.
With assistant coach Butch Pierre coming from Louisiana, it has helped Rachal build a unique relationship with the N.C. State coaching staff to this point.
"Wherever I go, if I play at a high level, most of the time they're not going to have players where I'm from, especially the town that I'm from," Rachal said. "And [Pierre] is from right down the road from where I used to live. So he understands where I come from and that helps him understand who I am and what type of person I am. That's good for a coach/player relationship."
As for what he's looking for in a future school, Rachal is focused on his future coaches and the type of school he'll be attending.
"The coach, I like to look at the coach's history and if it's a winning history. Because I'm a winner. I'm a two-time state champion in high school so I really don't know a lot about losing. So I want to play for a coach that knows how to win and how his players develop," Rachal said. "I want to go to a good school that gives me a good education. I want to learn from the coaches and be an impact player on the team. Develop until one day I might have pro potential."
This spring, Rachal averaged 14.0 points, 8.3 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game as he shot 45 percent from the field.
Shooting has been a major focus for Rachal the last few months as his form and overall shot looks significantly better than when he shot 28 percent from the field this spring.
"I've been working on my jump shot a lot. I feel like I've been shooting it a lot better than I did in the spring and last winter. So I've been playing pretty solid. There's always stuff you can do better," Rachal said.
"It's just repetition. Shooting the shot the same way every time. Making sure I get good lift and getting under my shot, following through right."
Rachal is planning on taking a few official visits during the recruiting process as he would like to decide in the next few months.
"It's been crazy. Having fun out here in Vegas and the other tournaments that I've played in. Enjoying the recruiting process. Been getting better all summer," Rachal said. "Just enjoying being around my teammates, being around my coaches and getting to meet different people and stuff like that. It's a blessing and I'm taking it all in."