Elijah Brown's first offer came from Wake Forest almost two months ago. For a while the Deacons' offer remained Brown's only offer but not long ago NC State became the second school to offer the Providence Day High School defensive lineman.
Brown (6-4, 280) knew NC State's coaches were interested. He didn't know they were on the verge of extending an offer.
"The defensive line coach came and watched me play the Friday of that weekend they offered and I really wasn't expecting it to be honest. He came and watched me play and then late Sunday night I talked to him and they said they were offering me a full scholarship. I was surprised. I was really surprised but I was really excited. It just came out of nowhere. I wasn't expecting it at all."
Wake Forest had offered the Charlotte area high school junior in the middle of September so Brown and others knew he was an ACC level player.
The NC State offer serves as more validation and gives Brown some options as well as a reason to take his time.
Brown worked out for the State coaching staff this summer at a camp but he had not returned to Raleigh for a visit since then. He had traveled to Raleigh to watch NC State's game against Notre Dame but the weather spawned by Hurricane Matthew caused him to not attend that game.
"At the camp I only talked to the defensive line coach a little but I know it's a nice place because I saw it when I drove through the campus. It all looked really nice."
Brown has not had a detailed tour of Wake Forest either but he did camp in Winston-Salem just as he camped in Raleigh this summer.
Clemson has been showing some interest in Brown and so has North Carolina. Boston College, Michigan State and Florida State send Brown letters.