Florida Athlete Looking At Two

Orlando (Fl.) Edgewater athlete Charles Pugh had a monster senior season and now has several offers to choose from. However, he's already narrowed his list down to two programs and will visit both this month. Did NC State make the cut?

Charles Pugh, a linebacker/safety from Edgewater High School in Orlando, Florida, dominated the competition this fall.

"My year went great," Pugh said. "I had over 90 tackles, around 20 tackles for loss, and 12 sacks. They mainly used me at outside linebacker, but I played safety too depending on the competition."

Edgewater defensive coordinator Chip Gierke had high praise for Pugh, a 6'1 205 pound outside linebacker/safety prospect.

"He reminds me of a young Marquis Gibson when he played for me at Apopka," Gierke said. "You can't single block him on the edge. He's a one-man blitz."

Despite his stellar play, off-the-field problems ended Pugh's season early, as he was unable to play in the state championship game against Miami (Fl.) Killian High School. Pugh doesn't want to focus on those problems, instead choosing to look toward the future.

"That's in the past, and I really don't want to talk about it," he said. "I'm just looking forward to getting better, and still focus on my academics."

Programs such as NC State, West Virginia, Cincinnati, Central Florida, and Georgia Tech have extended scholarship offers, but Pugh has already narrowed his list down to two schools.

"It's going to be NC State or West Virginia," he said. "I'm going to NC State on the 14th of January and West Virginia on the 28th. It's looking like it will be one of those two.

"They both have strong programs, great defenses, and I like the academics. I like the coaches there too."

West Virginia had an in-home on Tuesday and Wolfpack assistant Todd Stroud was set to visit later this week.

NC State will have the first shot at impressing Pugh, and he'll be joined in Raleigh by teammates Tyller Roberts and Quinton Brown.

"Tyler and Quinton are going too, and all three of us are looking forward to that one," Pugh said. "Coach Stroud's done a great job recruiting us and maybe we'll all end up going to the same school."

Pugh says that NC State's recruiting him as an athlete on defense, with the ability to play a few positions.

"Coach Stroud said I could play free safety or rover if I went to NC State," he said. "But, I think they want me to end up at outside linebacker. I think the plan would to put some more weight on me and let me play outside linebacker."

Entering the official visits, is there a leader?

"Not right now," Pugh said. "I'll have a better idea after I take these visits."

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