Kante: "I Didn't Want To Leave"

NC State landed a commitment from Trinity-Pawling (NY) defensive lineman Ibrahim Kante last weekend, and he talked about his decision with Pack Pride.

He may have only played in five games as a senior but Trinity-Pawling (NY) defensive lineman Ibrahim Kante showed enough in that short period of time to land an offer from NC State. After a recent offer from the Wolfpack and an official visit to Raleigh, Kante wasted little time making a commitment. He talked about his decision with Pack Pride.


"When I went to State I just felt like that was the right place for me. I felt like I didn't want to leave. That was a weird feeling compared to my other visits. This visit just felt different. I feel like the defensive line, the coaches, everything there will make me better."

NC State coach Ryan Nielsen has built one of the nation's elite defensive lines and they've consistently improved nearly every year under his supervision. The opportunity to play for coach Nielsen played a huge role in Kante's decision.

"He's a great coach and he focuses on everything like, he's a technician. To be honest, he told me he wants me to do everything he asks of me and if I do  I'll be successful. I can learn from one of the best D-Lines in the country and I'm willing to come down and just learn and get better and compete."

Kante was hosted on his visit by WR Kelvin Harmon and DL Shug Frazier. Those two gave him honest feedback on what he can expect once he arrives at NC State next spring.

"They gave me great feedback. Those were two guys that had a bunch of offers coming out of high school but chose to go to NC State. I had other options but they told me the truth honestly. They said they loved it. They said their strength coach is one of the best in the country and coach Nielsen, they both complimented him saying he's one of the best defensive line coaches in the country."

In addition to NC State, Kante also considered offers from Temple, UCONN, and Rutgers.

As a senior he totaled nine tackles for a loss and 4.5 sacks in an injury-shortened season.

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