Carson Wise has always had a dream of kicking at the FBS level in college. After a walk-on year at Virginia Tech, Wise transferred to Carson-Newman and in two seasons connected on 23 field goals and 97 extra points... earning all-conference honors both seasons.
Wise graduated from Carson-Newman on May 5th and will arrive in Raleigh mid-May to begin his career with NC State and pursue the opportunity to finally contribute at the NCAA’s highest level.
Finding that opportunity began with some exhaustive research that ultimately led Wise to conclude that NC State was his best chance to compete nationally.
“I went it not really knowing what to expect,” Wise told Pack Pride. “I tried to get my information out to as many places as I could. I looked pretty broadly at first to see where the interest was. I had a good response rate. Some places were interested but they had to wait to see exactly what their situation was going to be.
"In terms of what I was looking for in terms of athletically and with graduate programs, NC State checked all my boxes. It was way better than anyone else that I talked to. So for me, that decision was pretty easy. I just had to make sure I was immediately eligible.”
Wise officially visited NC State last January and that trip along with a full scholarship offer sealed the deal for the Wolfpack.
“It was the first time I had been to Raleigh at all. The coaching staff and the way they interacted with the players really stuck out. I thought it was kind of unique. You could easily tell the coaches are 100% dedicated to winning.
"Also, just going through the official visit- I liked the way they interacted with some of the players outside of football. You could tell there was more there than just wins and losses and in a high pressure job sometimes that can be hard to find. That was something that definitely stood out to me.”
NC State’s kicking woes in 2016 have been well-documented. For Wise, he knows landing a starting job isn’t a given but he’s excited about the opportunity to compete for a spot and contribute anyway he can.
“Really, I’m just expecting to come in and compete and give everything I have to offer. I didn’t know- I always follow the ACC- but I didn’t know exactly what was going on at NC State but in talking to coach Doeren and doing research, I completely think NC State is a championship level team and I want to come in and contribute every way I can. I think I bring a skill set to the table and wherever I can contribute I just want to come in and help State win some championships.
“I’m going to come in and contribute at field goals and kickoffs. Right now, I’m just focused on being tuned up the way I need to in the weight room and on the field so I can come in and compete in those two areas.”