Kline Sets Visit

Wolfpack commitment Garrett Kline was recently tabbed the top junior college offensive lineman in the country by SCOUT.com, and now that his season's over, he's ready to take an official visit to NC State.

"I just set up my official this week with coach Williams, Garrett Kline told Pack Pride. "I'm going down to NC State on January 14th. I'll probably just check out everything some more and meet the players."

Kline, who chose to commit before his recruitment played out, doesn't know what other schools would have offered had he not committed to NC State last April.

"I spoke to a lot of schools, but I never played the recruiting game," he said. "I spoke to Kansas, Maryland, Indiana, Syracuse and some others, but NC State pursued me aggressively, and that's where I wanted to go."

NC State also appears to be actively recruiting Lackawanna defensive end Littleton Wright, and although it's unknown if he has a firm scholarship offer, Kline believes his teammate may trip to Raleigh as well.

"I talked to him a couple of days ago, and I think he's visiting on the 14th too," Kline said. "I know he's real interested in State, and he's also looking at West Virginia.

"Littleton's an explosive player, and I'd know because I went against him in practice all the time. He's athletic and can disrupt plays if you don't handle him. He's tough, and I think he'd help NC State out."

The Junior College All-American now prepares for the next step in his football career: playing for the Wolfpack. He will arrive in Raleigh next summer, and hopes to compete for a starting job right away. With starting left tackle Chris Colmer lost to graduation, Kline sees a chance to make an immediate impact.

"I know from watching NC State that they've had offensive line problems, and a lot of young players had to contribute early," he said. "I think I can go in and make an instant contribution. I'm going to do whatever I can to help them win."

Kline says that academically he's on schedule to arrive at NC State in May, and he currently measures in at 6'7 and 295 pounds.

Quotables: "Garrett is just a huge kid who moves his feet really well. I think he's a better pass protector right now than run blocker, but he's going to be real good at both when it's all said and done.

"He came from a very small high school back here, so when we got him he was listed as a project because he wasn't able to play against a lot of good people," he added. "The nice part is he's been good enough to start right away, and he's got a lot of work. His attitude's great, and he works really, really hard.

"Offensive linemen are different than everyone else. It's such a positional game for them, and he's learned how to do all those things. He's a physical imposing dude. We're talking about a guy who is 315 pounds and not fat at all." -- Lackawanna Head Coach Mark Duda

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