It's no secret that NC State is in need of several talented offensive linemen considering they stand to lose their starting center and starting left tackle after the 2004 season. Couple with that the fact State has lost several of it's offensive line underclassmen over the last couple of years and it's fairly clear the Pack hopes and needs to add valuable depth in 2005.
One player State has had dead center on their recruiting radar for months is OL Julian Williams (6-4, 275 pounds) from New Bern High School. He's played a huge role in leading the Bears to a 5-0 record while paving the way for all-everything RB Montario Hardesty. Both are being recruited by Wolfpack safety coach Manny Diaz and both have been extremely high on State.
While Hardesty was on an official visit to Nebraska this past weekend, Williams decided to take in the Pack's contest with Wake Forest. The talented lineman has made numerous trips to NC State, including the Wolfpack's football camp over the summer, and it would appear each successive trip has solidified the Pack's place as the team to beat for Williams. He recently talked about the Wolfpack's thrilling come from behind victory over the Deacs and his visit to Carter-Finley Stadium.
"I enjoyed that game," said Williams. "I got to talk to a couple of coaches (S coach Manny Diaz and OL coach Mike Barry ) after the game. I feel good about State right now because they are who I'm leaning towards.
"I just really like them. I like the environment up there too. I just feel like I click with those guys and plus it's close to home. My family wants to be able to see me play."
Williams is also considering Maryland and East Carolina and has earned offers from both. He landed an offer from Tennessee a couple of weeks ago and is giving the Vols a look as well.
Williams has yet to set any official visits but plans to do just that after his senior season. Although the Pack may lead currently, the three-star lineman says he plans to ride the recruiting process out for awhile.
As for attending any more NC State games this year, Williams plans to be a regular fixture in Carter-Finley on Saturdays.
"I'm planning on coming to at least two or three more," he said.