Florida DT Trips to Raleigh

Palm Harbor (Fla.) University defensive tackle Ted Larsen's huge senior season has led to interest from strong regional programs and several offers.

"I had a good year," Ted Larsen told Pack Pride. "I had around 85 tackles and ten sacks for my team. I was playing defensive tackle and that's where I'm being recruited at.

"NC State, Georgia Tech, UNC, and Mississippi have already offered me a scholarship."

Larsen, a 6'3 255 pound defensive tackle prospect, needs to gain weight to play inside at the next level, but he has the frame to do so. He benches 375 pounds and has been timed as low as 4.7 seconds in the 40-yard dash.

"I didn't go to any of those camps or combines over the summer because I had mono," he said. "But, I bench 375 pounds and a lot of the schools like my quickness and strength inside at the 'three' technique."

Now that his senior season is over, Larsen begins the process of choosing a college. He's fully qualified in the classroom, as he has a 3.8 GPA and scored a 1,230 on the SAT.

This weekend he takes his first official visit as he heads to Raleigh to visit the Wolfpack. Following that trip he'll spend the holidays with his family before returning to North Carolina to visit UNC-Chapel Hill.

"I'm going to NC State this weekend, and I go to UNC on January 14th," Larsen said. "I've been recruited hard by all these schools since the spring when I sent out my junior tape and now it's time to visit them."

NC State defensive line coach Todd Stroud is heading up Larsen's recruitment, and his persistence could pay off in the end. Stroud has already visited Larsen twice, including an in-home visit on Thursday.

"Todd Stroud is recruiting me for NC State, and I really like him," Larsen said. "He actually came by today to finalize everything for the visit and to just talk about things.

"He's the defensive line coach so if I went there I'd get to play for him."

Larsen has also hosted coaches from Georgia Tech, Mississippi, Central Florida, and North Carolina. North Carolina offensive line coach Hal Hunter has already visited him twice during the contact period, and it seems the Tar Heels really like the Palm Harbor (Fla.) standout.

"I met with Hal Hunter last week and again last night," Larsen said. "He's a good guy too. We just talked about UNC, and the things I'll get to see on my visit up there. Both them and NC State are recruiting me for the 'three' technique."

With offers on the table from three quality ACC programs and an SEC school, does Larsen have a leader?

"No, I'm going to have to wait and see after my visits," he said. "I'll probably take three or four visits before making a decision. I just want to see some schools first."

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