NC State Verbal Back From Official Visit

Going into the recruiting season NC State knew they needed to land another kicker, with starters Austin Herbert and Adam Kiker graduating in 2003. The Wolfpack targeted Albemarle (NC) Kicker Tyler Lewis early on and he committed to the Wolfpack last April. StateFans caught up with the NC All-State kicker to see how his visit went.

StateFans asked Tyler Lewis to talk about his visit to Raleigh this past weekend.

"I got there on Friday about 6:00. We had a couple of meetings and we went out to dinner that night," said Lewis. "There was some speaking and talking about the football programs and academics. They emphasized that you are a ‘SCHOLAR' athlete not just an athlete."

The dinner was hosted by the Wolfpack coaching staff.

"Travis Gaster, Coach Portee, Mr. Mazonne, Mr. Pate, the special team coach were all there. Most of the coaches were there," said Tyler. "There also were some other recruits there. Lemarte McGhee was there. Aaron Jones, Brian Simmons was there too. It was Brent Shaffer's birthday. That's why I remember his name. They brought him a birthday cake."

Saturday was all about academics and experiencing ACC basketball.

"Saturday went good. We ate breakfast and went to Jillian's for lunch. We talked academics and met with some people to talk about what classes they have to offer and everything," explained Lewis. "We went to the Georgia Tech game and stayed for about half of that. It was a good game. They won by about 4 points. Georgia Tech was like #11 in the nation."

Coach Chuck Amato ate dinner with the recruits Saturday night and gave the NC State pitch to all the visiting recruits, which included Tyler and four other 4-star recruits.

"Coach Amato had a meeting with the recruits last night during supper. He was mentioning some of the great schools in football," Lewis said. "Florida State, Miami, Ohio State and then he mentioned ‘NC State'. He went 'NC State' again. He said you wouldn't be here if we didn't have your attention, because we are a team on the rise."

Sunday was cut short because of bad weather. "We had to leave early on Sunday because we knew the bad weather was coming in."

Lewis took time time to reflect on his High School career for StateFans.

"I have had a real good High School career. I was on a team that was 56-5 total," stated Tyler. "We won three state championships and I played all four years of varsity."

Tyler hopes to arrive at NC State in time for the second session of summer school and will compete for starting the place kicker and punter positions.

He is fully qualified academically.

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