Hot News from the 12/12 recruiting weekend

For those who missed the Hot News from the 12/12 recruiting weekend, StateFans has compiled all of recruiting news in one article. Enjoy!

OL completes second visit
by Jerry Cornwell of, December 15, 2003 at 9:19pm ET

Chris Rutledge Profile

Miami area OL Chris Rutledge returned from NC State which completed his second official visit. StateFans caught up with Chris to find out how the trip went and to get his thoughts on his visit to Raleigh.

"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."

Rutledge has already visited Pittsburgh (12/5). His three remaining visits are to Florida (1/9), Rutgers (1/23) and Miami (1/30).

NC State OV: "I Enjoyed It"
by James Henderson of, December 15, 2003 at 4:32pm ET

Willie Young Profile

Palm Beach Gardens (FL) Defensive End Willie Young just completed his first official visit to NC State this past weekend.

"It went pretty good man, it went pretty good," Young said. "I hung out with the players on the team mostly and checked out that academic center they got. I enjoyed it."

Young, who has visits set to Ohio State (1/9) and Georgia (1/23) stated that he's going to take all five visits before committing.

"Oh, I know I'm going to go ahead and take all five of those visits before announcing anything. I don't know who the other two visits are going to be, but I'm going to Georgia and Ohio State."

Willie said that he doesn't have a favorite but he plans on making an unofficial visit within the next week.

"I'm going to try and go to that NC State game against Kansas in Orlando. We talked about that when I was at NC State so I'm going to do that for sure."

Safety Back from Second Official
by James Henderson of, December 15, 2003 at 3:48pm ET

Donte Herrod Profile

Washington (DC) Woodson High School Safety Donte Herrod just completed his NC State visit, his second official following Syracuse from last weekend.

"It was good," Donte told StateFans. "I got back in this morning and everything was cool about it. I got to hang out with the players, meet the coaches, and even watched on of their bowl practices. Everything was straight."

Donte still has three visits to take and doesn't have a favorite at the moment.

"I don't really have a favorite but I like NC State, Syracuse, Notre Dame, Michigan State, and West Virginia," he said. "I still have visits to take with Notre Dame, Michigan State, and West Virginia, but I might have a decision after Christmas."

Herrod claims offers from all his favorites.

Takes unexpected official
by Miller Safrit of, December 14, 2003 at 8:21pm ET

Demario Pressley Profile

Dudley (NC) defensive tackle Demario Pressley, the nation's top player at his position, is back from a surprising official visit over the weekend.

"It went well," says the 6-foot-4, 290 pounder of his visit to Virginia. "We basically went through a lot of the school stuff. It snowed all yesterday, and then Friday I didn't really do anything because I just got there. I don't know why I decided to go so quickly; I guess I just had some time."

Pressley says that the new school on his list is tied with the other teams on his list, including NC State which hosted him last weekend.

"I couldn't really compare because last week school was in at NC State, and there was stuff I could do."

His other three official visits are all locked into place.

"I don't have another visit until January the 9th with North Carolina. Oklahoma State is the 16th and Florida State is the 23rd."

With the season over, Pressley will now try to take some time and rest his leg injury, including not playing in this Saturday's annual Shrine Bowl game which pits the best players in North Carolina against the best players in South Carolina.

"I'm going to go down there. I'm going to try to go to a practice, but I'm definitely going to be at the game. My coach said that even though I'm not playing I should still try to be there."

"I was Really Impressed"
by James Henderson of, December 14, 2003 at 8:00pm ET

Tribble Reese Profile

Mountain Brook (AL) Quarterback Tribble Reese just completed his second official visit to NC State and he had great things to say about the Wolfpack program.

"I didn't go into the visit thinking I was going to commit or anything like that, but man I was really impressed," Reese said. "I went up there on Friday and went to a practice. I got to meet Philip Rivers and he called me over to talk about their offense. He's a real cool guy and he's just a great role model. He's the nicest guy in the world."

Although he had a great visit, the Alabama standout was hesitant to name any school a leader.

"I heard a Clemson website said I was close to committing but that's not true," he said. "I don't have any favorites right now and my top schools are Wake Forest (12/5 OV), Clemson (1/9 OV), NC State (12/12 OV), Notre Dame, LSU, and Ole Miss."

Reese who camped at Ole Miss and Auburn, has one other visit scheduled and intends on setting up his two final visits.

"I have Clemson on January 9th and I'm going to set two up to either LSU, Notre Dame, or Ole Miss. I may commit before taking them but I'm going to set those up just in case."

Tribble is fully qualified with over a 1300 on the SAT and a 3.6 GPA.

Second visit has a new leader?
by Miller Safrit of, December 14, 2003 at 7:11pm ET

Jerod Mayo Profile

The second visit for Kecoughtan (VA) linebacker Jerod Mayo earned a new leader for the moment, but with three visits left anything could happen.

"It went real good," says the 6-foot-2, 214 pounder with 4.6 speed in the 40. "I liked it a lot. The facilities didn't have anything on NC State, but the atmosphere was great. Scheme-wise they're really different and I have to see which one I like. Strength-coach wise, I have to go with UVa."

And for the overall leader currently, he sticks with the Hoos.

"I think I go back to UVa by a little with NC State right behind."

So what would it take for everything to get back to even?

"Probably for me to get off of this visit. I think I'm really on a visit-high right now."

Heads to Raleigh?
by Miller Safrit of, December 14, 2003 at 5:30pm ET

Purnell Sturdivant Profile

While Lake Taylor (VA) safety Purnell Sturdivant was thinking about visiting Raleigh this week, he did not make the plans official.

"It wasn't planning on it this week. We are still waiting on my coach to set it up."

Sturdivant does plan on visiting the Pack, and he still will visit Virginia Tech.

"I'm going there the 30th of January."

Virginia RB returns from Raleigh
by Jerry Cornwell of, December 14, 2003 at 5:15pm ET

Antwain Carey Profile

Virginia running back prospect, Antwain Carey, returned from Raleigh Sunday afternoon after taking his first official visit to NC State.

"I rate my trip high" Carey told StateFans. "They are a team on the rise. They have Chuck Amato doing good things for the school. He helps the players out and everything. They have come a long way. They are making things happen."

The Deep Creek running back wants to take all his visits before announcing a leader. "I am not going to say that (name a leader) right now, you know? I want to take my visits first then I'll decide then."

Carey has visits dates set for UNC (1/9/04) and Virginia Tech (1/23/04).

Loves visit to Raleigh
by Miller Safrit of, December 14, 2003 at 4:41pm ET

Antwain Carey Profile

The first official visit for Deep Creek (VA) running back Antwain Carey went better than he expected, but the important part could be outside the realm of recruiting.

"It went good, really good," says the 6-foot-0, 205 pounder. "I went out with some of the players, ate a whole lot, and toured the campus. I just had a great time. I thought about committing briefly, but I realized I need to explore some more, see for myself what's available."

After a great visit, would Carey place the Pack as his top school?

"I would keep them as one of the top three until I visit the others. UNC (1/9) and Virginia Tech (1/23) are up there, too.

Carey only played in three games this season due to a broken foot, and it will hamper him in other sports finishing his senior season.

"I'm not going to do indoor track this year. I'm thinking about doing surgery to get it over with. It's the same thing that Phillip Rivers had, so I can come back from it."

Video on Antwain Carey

Did He Commit?
by James Henderson of, December 14, 2003 at 1:57pm ET

Merci Falaise Profile

Georgia Military Offensive Lineman Merci Falaise just completed his final official visit to NC State. Did the first-team Junior College All-American commit to the Wolfpack?

"No, I didn't commit, but it was good visit," Falaise told StateFans. "I'm going to make my decision on Tuesday because that's the day I can sign the papers."

Merci, who has already graduated from Georgia Military and will enroll this spring to the college of his choice, is down to NC State, BYU, Middle Tennessee State, and East Carolina. He claims offers from all four of his finalists and has taken official visits to each.

Falaise was hosted by NC State Offensive Lineman Derek Morris while in Raleigh.

"I like Derek," he said. "I already knew him from camps and combines when I was in high school."

Merci's being recruited by NC State Offensive Line coach Mike Berry and has the ability to play any position along the offensive line.

Check back at StateFans on Tuesday for the latest on Junior College All-American OL Merci Falaise!

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