Hot News from NC State's big recruiting weekend

For those who missed the Hot News from NC State's big recruiting weekend, StateFans compiled all of Sunday's news in one article. Great weekend for the Pack as the reviews were mostly good!

Tough to pick between the two
by Miller Safrit of, December 7, 2003 at 9:39pm ET

Brandon Daniel Profile

Blanche Ely (FL) defensive tackle Brandon Daniel rated his official visit to NC State a nine thanks to all the perks of the visit.

"I felt comfortable up there. I like the facilities, coaches, and players a lot. We had jerseys with our name on it, put it on along with the helmet and went out on the field. We got a chance to take a tour of the campus and see a lot of things."

A seasoned veteran to the official visits, Daniel says he did not think about committing knowinng he had to take more official visits.

"I want to take my other visits. I'm going to Kansas State on the 19th and Florida on January 9th."

As for a NC State's status at the top, they rate pretty high.

"I'd put them even with Virginia Tech right now. Those two are going to be tough to pick between, they are so close together."

Has a new leader
by Miller Safrit of, December 7, 2003 at 8:40pm ET

Jerod Mayo Profile

Kecoughtan (VA) linebacker Jerod Mayo is still in the afterglow of a terrific visit to NC State.

"I had a great time there. I just liked hanging out with the players. It was me, Demario Pressley and a guy named Gerard Miller hung out together. The weightroom still appeals to me, but getting to hang out with the guys I really liked.

"I liked the food up there. They fed us all day. They had a nice banquet thing up there for the seniors. It was great the whole time there."

Mayo still has four more official visits to go through, but each of those teams need to impress Mayo quite a bit.

"I don't know if it's because it was the first official visit or what, but I loved it there. I have to say that I have a new leader – NC State."

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Lovejoy Lineman Thinking ACC or SEC?
by James Henderson of, December 7, 2003 at 5:16pm ET

Anthony Parker Profile

Lovejoy (GA) Offensive Lineman Anthony Parker just returned home from his NC State, after completing his third official visit.

"It went good," Parker told StateFans. "Coach Mazzone is recruiting me and I talked with him some. I didn't commit or anything, but I had fun."

Anthony's host was NC State defensive tackle John McCargo and the two clicked. "Oh, I liked John. He was real cool and we just chilled a lot."

Parker still maintains no leader and will wait until after his final visit before announcing his decision.

"I don't really have a favorite. I like NC State, Tennessee, Maryland... all those schools. After that Tennessee visit on the 17th I should be ready to pick my school."

Anthony is already fully qualified and claims offers from all his favorites.

Back from NC State
by James Henderson of, December 7, 2003 at 4:15pm ET

Demario Pressley Profile

"It went good," Pressley told StateFans. "I got to talk with all the players, and I was there for the football banquet. It was real nice. Philip [Rivers] talked and it was emotional. My mom and dad went with me for the visit and they loved it."

Pressley, who was hosted by DE Mario Williams and LB Manny Lawson, said both players treated him well.

"Yea, those two guys were crazy. I hung out with Mario the most. We talked about everything... the dorm rooms, the school, playing together, everything. It was good."

Another recruit visiting Raleigh this weekend, NC State verbal Gerard Miller, also spent some time with Demario.

"Yea, I know Gerard... he's cool. We talked like the whole time. He's going to the Shrine Bowl too. I've had this thigh bruise so I don't know about that right now though."

Pressley who has teammates committed to North Carolina and Florida State respectively, pointed out that he intends on visiting UNC (1/9) with Florida State, Tennessee, and Oklahoma State as other possible visit destinations.

When will he be ready to decide?

"After I take all my visits. I'm going to do that first."

Has to reschedule, five teams left
by Miller Safrit of, December 7, 2003 at 7:42pm ET

Mike Mangold Profile

Merritt Island (FL) defensive end Mike Mangold has just one official visit set up currently and knows the teams for his other four visits.

"I didn't go this weekend to NC State, I couldn't make it, but I'm definitely going to make it up sometime," says 6-foot-3, 240 pounder who was once committed to Pitt. "I'm supposed to go to Virginia Tech next weekend, though."

So what are the other three teams that made it through to official visit status?

"I know I'm going to Florida, Miami, and Tennessee."

Goddard postpones NC State visit
by Jerry Cornwell of, December 7, 2003 at 3:28pm ET

Trimane Goddard Profile

Roanoke High School star Trimane Goddard postponed his visit to NC State this weekend. According to Goddard, the plans never were solidified between the Wolfpack and himself. "No, I didn't make it there this weekend. I never got back in touch with the coach there. Actually, we wanted to move that visit to later, after the Shrine Bowl. We will just go up for a practice later on. That way I can look at my schedule and visit later, maybe in January."

Goddard listed his favorites for StateFans and they remain the same; Tennessee, Florida State, Virginia, UNC and NC State.

Did he Make it to Raleigh?
by James Henderson of, December 7, 2003 at 2:30pm ET

Jeremy Lomax Profile

Lovejoy (GA) Defensive End Jeremy Lomax was scheduled to take an official visit to NC State this weekend with teammate Anthony Parker. Did he make the trip to Raleigh?

"I wound up not going to NC State this weekend," Lomax told StateFans. "I got sick and was suppose to leave out [Saturday] morning but couldn't do it. I'm pretty sure Anthony still went though because he was waiting to see if I could."

"I'm planning on rescheduling the visit when the coaches call me back."

Lomax, who has visits remaining with Tennessee, Georgia, and Louisville. Does he have a favorite right now?

"Georgia is my favorite. I like their fans and the coaching staff is real good. I like Coach Richt a lot."

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