NC State defensive line coach Todd Stroud had been recruiting Michel for the Wolfpack, and the Fort Myers, Florida product told he and Coach Amato about his decision before leaving Raleigh.
"They both were real happy," Michel said. "They let me know how much they wanted me to play linebacker for them and now I just want to get up there and make plays.
Michel, who checks in at 6'1 and 220 pounds, had a huge senior season for Fort Myers High School. The talented linebacker finished the season with 115 tackles, seven sacks, three forced fumbles, and two blocked punts.
His stellar play led to offers from NC State, West Virginia, UNLV, and Iowa State among others.
It was apparent that Todd Stroud was a factor in his decision.
"Coach Stroud is a great guy," Michel said. "He came down and talked to my family, and it just works out well for me. My dad has no problem with me going to NC State."
Michel also watch NC State's basketball team defeat Georgia Tech at the RBC Center on Sunday.
"The fans were just were all in it," he said. "That's one of the reasons I committed. If the NC State fans were that much into the basketball game, just think of how crazy they will be for football."
Ray Michel is fully qualified and will cancel his remaining visits to UNLV and Iowa State. He visited West Virginia in December, but he is no longer considering the Mountaineers.
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