'I Just Liked Everything About Them'

It only took one offer for Josh Czajkowski to make his college decision.

NC State has landed its second verbal commitment in the Class of 2006 as Springfield (VA) West High School kicker Josh Czajkowski has verbaled to the Wolfpack.

"My dad called coach Portee and told them of my interest, and he offered so I accepted it," Czajkowski told Pack Pride. "I just liked everything about them."

Czajkowski believes he earned the offer after an outstanding effort at NC State's kicking camp.

"I think I impressed them at the camp," he said. "I was 19-of-20 on field goals, and I think that impressed them.

"I've been kicking off the ground since my sophomore year. My kicking coach had me doing that, and I think the coaches liked that too."

The 5-foot-10, 185-pound kicker had been receiving interest from several high-major programs, but there was one offer he was waiting for.

"Michigan was looking at me, Penn State, Maryland, and Virginia too," Czajkowski said. "But NC State was the first to offer me, and I jumped on it because that was where I wanted to go anyways. I've been liking them all along."

As a junior, Czajkowski was named honorable mention all-Metro after drilling 5-of-6 field goals and 29-of-30 extra point attempts.

A three-year starter on West Springfield's soccer team, the Virginia AAA defending champions, he will now only pursue football on the next level. Czajkowski says that the Wolfpack like him primarily as a kicker who could possibly handle both kicking and punting duties down the road.

"Most of the schools liked me as a kicker, although some recruited me as a punter because they already had a young kicker on their roster," he said. "I think NC State wants me to come in as a kicker with Deraney there and then maybe doing both in the future."

Czajkowski will now enjoy his final year of high school before heading to NC State, although he admits that he wants to take a trip back to Raleigh this fall.

"I'm glad I committed and got it out of the way," he said. "I do want to come back down for a game this year. I want to come down for the Maryland game."

Czajkowski is the second known commitment for the Wolfpack, joining Raleigh (NC) Wakefield lineman Gavin Smith.

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