Sleeper DL Commits to NC State

NC State secured its second verbal commitment of the day as defensive lineman Matt Kushner has committed to the Wolfpack.

NC State assistant Greg Williams has picked up another commitment from a Bethlehem Catholic High School star as Matt Kushner will join teammate Kyle Newell in Raleigh next season.

"Matt Kushner is committed to NC State as well," coach Dan Kendra informed Pack Pride after discussing Newell's verbal. "He's heading down to NC State for an official visit this weekend with his family, but I think that one's a done deal too."

Kushner had an outstanding senior season playing the defensive end position opposite of Newell. He tallied 114 tackles (65 solos), 10 sacks, three forced fumbles, and a blocked punt.

"He had a tremendous year," coach Kendra said. "What Matt has going for him is he's so athletic and has a great frame. Here's a kid that can run a legitimate 4.7 at 250-255 pounds. The thing about him is he has a frame to be a 300-pound kid.

"He is also a good basketball player, and he has the footwork you're looking fo. That's why I think with his frame and footwork, he'd be a great pulling offensive guard on the next level.

"NC State will look at him defensively, but he has the kind of feet to be an outstanding pass protector."

Kushner compares favorably to NC State freshman and former Bethlehem Catholic star John Bedics.

"They are both similiar, but John's a little taller than Matt," coach Kendra said. "John is now playing defensive tackle for them. Matt's probably a little quicker and has more foot speed. They are both very aggressive kids that you like to have because you can plug them to fill needs."

Kushner chose NC State over Boston College and Villanova according to coach Kendra.

"He had such a great year, and a lot of people saw him on tape because of Kyle. He really reaped the benefits. I think it came down to North Carolina State and Boston College. Boston College really wanted him, and Villanova had been on him a long time."

Pack Pride will have more from Matt Kushner tonight on his commitment to NC State.

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