"I'm going to North Carolina State on Saturday," Courtney Fells told StateFans. "[Laughing] I'm excited about that one. They offered me a scholarship and told me that I was their #1 guard recruit in the '05 class. As far as the visit, I don't know what to expect, so I think they are just going to surprise me."
With the quality of guard prospects on NC State's radar this spring, it is definitely high praise for the Wolfpack coaching staff to make such comments to Fells, who is rather unknown on the national recruiting scene.
"It kind of shows how much they really want me," Courtney said. "On the internet I can see how interested they are in me, and when I was out in Houston they came and watched me play every game."
Wolfpack Head Coach Herb Sendek has joined Assistant Larry Harris in the recruitment of Fells. The 6'6 190 pound guard mentioned that he has formed a nice relationship with Coach Sendek and that's a plus for NC State.
"Yes sir, it's important that we get along and can talk," he said. "I'll call Coach Sendek every week at least so I can try and stay in touch with him. The reason we have a good relationship is because of the way he coaches. I really think he will push me to reach my best potential and that's what I need."
Courtney's mother will accompany him to Raleigh this weekend, and both are eager to check out what NC State has to offer. It's also apparent that the Wolfpack leads for his services.
"I really don't want say how big of a lead it is, but I know North Carolina State leads right now."
After strong performances at the Kingswood Classic and as a junior at Shannon High, several schools have picked up interest in Courtney. Ole Miss, Mississippi State, LSU, Alabama, and NC State have all offered scholarships with Maryland, South Carolina, Georgia Tech, and Texas showing heavy interest. Following his official visit to NC State, Fells will visit Alabama (next week) and LSU (May 27th) for unofficial visits.
However, given the mutual interest between Courtney and the Wolfpack, could his recruitment end this weekend with a verbal commitment to NC State?
"No sir, I think I'm going to wait until the fall," Fells said. "I kind of want to take official visits to at least three schools. NC State's getting one this week and after them it really depends on how hard the schools recruit me."
Author's Note: Fells is a major priority for NC State and it seems the Wolfpack would love to land a verbal commitment this weekend. Courtney averaged 19 points, 7 rebounds, and 7 assists as a junior. He also excels in the classroom, where he has a 3.47 GPA.