The search for big men to man the trenches is never-ending and, at the same time, can be the most difficult. Finding tall, athletic linemen that can move is one of the toughest chores facing any coaching staff. The list of viable candidates is short and everyone ends up chasing the same players. The Pack is already off to a solid start on their offensive line needs for 2005 as they've secured verbal commitments from Jeraill McCuller and Garrett Kline. They would like nothing more than to add to that list with a commit from 4-star standout Jason Kacinko from Penn-Trafford High School in Harrison City, Pa.
Kacinko, at 6-6, 300 pounds is a devastating blocker on the prep level and has helped lead his team to an early 5-2 record. The senior lineman lines up at RT in high school and is being recruited for either tackle spot in college.
To date Kacinko has garnered scholarship offers from NC State, Maryland, Wisconsin, Pittsburgh, UCLA, UNC, Northwestern, Louisville and Indiana to name a few. With so many schools from which to choose, Kacinko told Pack Pride that he'll have a couple of important factors he'll focus on when making his official visits later in the year.
"The biggest thing for me will be clicking with the team as well as the coaches and just overall with the school and campus," he said. "I mean, really, just where ever I feel the best."
While he has yet to schedule any official visits, Kacinko did get a chance to make an unofficial trip to Maryland this year and that went a long way in moving the Terps to the front of his recruiting wish-list.
"When I was down there, I just liked everything from the campus to the coaches and all the facilities and everything was really great," Kacinko said. "Right now, I'd say they're my favorite but there are schools like NC State that I'd like to visit because I haven't seen them yet so I'm just waiting and trying to get down there.
"Right now, my top five is Maryland, NC State, Wisconsin, Michigan State and Pittsburgh."
The Pack may trail the Terrapins currently but it appears the potential is certainly there for State to make a run later in the year. Much of that is largely duet to the Wolfpack's Pennsylvania connection- QB coach Curt Cignetti. Kacinko talked about NC State and his relationship with Cignetti.
"I got to look at their media guide and their new facilities and it looks really nice," he said. "I talk to coach Cignetti about once a week and he's telling me they need some offensive linemen there. I mean there's a lot of upside for NC State.
"Coach Cignetti, he seems like a nice guy. I mean, we talk and stay in touch and he seems like a good guy."
Kacinko is rated as the No. 11 player in PA by Scout.com and projects as a full academic qualifier.