Not only has the resurgence in NC State football energized the Wolfpack fan base- it has also paid dividends with several out of state recruits who previously would have shown little or no interest in the Pack.
The latest to list NC State as his top school is speedy WR/DB Reynaldo Hunter of Byrnes High School in Duncan, SC. Checking in at 5-11, 170 pounds and boasting 4.4-second speed in the 40-yard dash, Hunter played a huge role in Byrnes' state championship run in 2003 by hauling in 47 receptions for 856 yards and nine touchdowns.
Rated the No. 16 player in SC and a three-star prospect by TheInsiders.com, Hunter has a superb mixture of speed and athleticism that has drawn a trio of scholarship offers to date.
"So far Duke, UNC, and Clemson has offered me," Hunter told Pack Pride. "Carolina wants me as a WR but I'm not 100% sure about that. Clemson likes me as a CB but also, depending on whether they sign some other big receivers, they might try to get me as a WR."
Although they've yet to offer a scholarship, NC State has made a huge impression on Hunter and have emerged as the early front-runner for his commitment should they decide to pull the trigger on an offer.
"I met Koren Robinson and he was telling me about it (State)," said Hunter. "Recently I was staying in North Carolina and going to school down here. Everybody was telling me about them and I was like, I don't know. At first, I didn't really like them as much because when I was in North Carolina, the only schools I really knew about were Duke and UNC. I didn't really know about NC State. But I turned the TV on one day and I think they were playing Florida State and it was just close the whole game through. I just liked the way they run things and the plays they called. So, I've been liking them ever since. This year I plan to come up for some games to see how they do things for pre-game and stuff. "
When the time comes for Hunter to make a decision on a future school, he's already established what he'll be looking for most when he makes his official visits.
"I'm looking for somewhere where I can play early and also somewhere that I can fit in," he said. "I can't go to a school where I don't fit in with the people I'm around or the system that they run."