Landing talented wide receivers has been somewhat of a priority for the NC State coaching staff as the class of 2005 recruiting winds down. One of the top prospects remaining on the Wolfpack's board is WR Lavar Lobdell of Christian Brothers Academy in Syracuse, NY.
At 6-3, 195 pounds and boasting 4.5-seconds speed in the 40-yard dash, Lobdell has the blend of size and speed that has made him a recruiting priority for several schools. Rated a four-star prospect by Scout.com, Lobdell had 36 receptions for 734 yards and 21 touchdowns while helping lead Christian Brothers to a state championship.
With a trip to West Virginia already under his belt, the talented wide-out made an official visit to State over the weekend and the trip seemed to be a resounding success for the Pack.
"My visit went really well," said Lobdell. "They were really impressive and I had a good time. NC State is in a pretty good position. Marcus Stone was my host and we hit it off. I just spent the weekend going to meetings, hanging out with Marcus and eating.
"I spent some time with Coach Amato before I left and he's a great guy. All the players were talking about how he was a player's coach but he knew when to turn it on. That left a big impression."
Up next for Lobdell is a trip to Miami, a visit that could loom large for the Pack's chances.
"Right now, Miami's my leader and I'm visiting them next weekend," said Lobdell. "Even though they're my leader, it's not a big lead. I still plan to take one other visit but I don't know who it'll be just yet."
Lobdell projects as an academic qualifier and is being recruited by OL coach Mike Barry for the Wolfpack.