Visit Recap: Miami (FL) Krop OL Chris Rutledge

Miami area OL Chris Rutledge's second official was to the NC State Wolfpack. StateFans caught up with Chris to find out how the trip went and to get his thoughts on his visit to Raleigh.

"It went good," Chris Rutledge told StateFans. "Me and my mom drove up. She really wanted to go. We have driven up there before so it (the drive) was really no big deal."

We asked Chris to give us a day by day description of his trip: "After we got the hotel on Friday, they took us to lunch. After lunch, we came back and they had little stuff in our rooms. They had a cookie with our name and NC State helmet on in."

Saturday was a mix of academics and athletics for Rutledge.

"On Saturday, we had a little breakfast as normal and then went through some more academic things. I was able to watch the scrimmage. Then we went on about our business. It was fun. I enjoyed myself."

Before Rutledge departed, he was able to meet some on the Wolfpack coaching staff.

"I met with Coach Amato, and I met with my offensive line coach, Coach Barry. I met with all the strength coaches along with the academic advisers."

Chris shared with Statefans, some of the conversation between Amato and himself.

"He really didn't talk to me all about committing. He was just talking to me about the college in itself and what are my chances about coming there to play and things like that. He asked me if I would rather go to a school that already has tradition and uphold it or to go to a school that is on its way and you can say that you were the first to give that school that type of tradition. I just shook my head and said that was something for me to think about."

The highlight of Chris Rutledge visit was watching Coach Amato work the practice field in preparation of the Tangerine Bowl.

"One highlight I can say stood out the most was Coach Amato. I didn't expect him to be as outspoken as he was. I thought he would be a little more quieter coach. I mean, it really surprised me the way he was at practice, jumping around and getting in the action and stuff like that. That really surprised me."

NC State was the second visit for Rutledge. Last weekend, he visited the Panthers of Pittsburgh. We asked the OL to compare the visits.

"There were differences, like the climate. I really don't want to say too much. I don't want to say the wrong thing. But both had differences in a good way. I mean, Pittsburgh is in the open city. They practice on the same facilities as the Pittsburg Steelers. So that's a plus. In North Carolina, I have a lot of family up there. I have aunts and uncles up there. They live all over, and Charlotte."

Chris now has three remaining visits to Florida (1/9), Rutgers (1/23) and Miami (1/30). He will take all his visits before announcing his college decision.

Rutledge is likely one of th most underrated prospects in the nation, as a strong senior season has led to firm offers from all his favorites and other programs such as Ohio State.

See all the stories on Chris Rutledge at his StateFans Homepage.

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