There's no doubt that recruiting the linebacker spot is one of NC State's biggest areas of need in 2005. After signing just two LB's over the past two years, the Pack will recruit the position heavily and have made Matt Wright from Phoebus High School in Hampton, Va a major priority.
At 6-2, 210 pounds and boasting 4.5-second speed in the 40-yard dash, Wright has been rated a three-star prospect by Scout.com and is considered to be one of Virginia's top 10 prospects by several analysts. The rising senior has picked up scholarship offers from schools like NC State, UNC, Virginia Tech, Michigan State, Maryland and Virginia.
Wright recently camped at NC State and it was his first trip seeing the Wolfpack up close. It would appear that the visit went extremely well.
"The trip to NC State was a great experience," said Wright. "It was my first time seeing them and I was looking forward to it. The facilities were great. The coaches were all real nice and I got a chance to meet a lot of the players and they were all cool and seemed down to earth. So, the NC State trip was a good trip. I got a chance to see to the football side of it so, next time, I'm hoping to see the campus side. I don't have any more trips down there planned but the coaches are talking about me coming back for an official visit in December."
UNC has also been a major player for Wright and the Heels hosted him at their camp as well.
"I got a chance to go to UNC and that trip was as good as any other I've been on," he said. "It was like my fourth or fifth trip down there so it was good to get to see the coaches again."
Recently, Wright was quoted as listing a top five of NC State, Virginia Tech, UNC, Maryland and Virginia. He told Pack Pride that those five were right up there with a couple of others lurking as well.
"Those are pretty much my top five but sometimes I've interchanged some other schools in there like Michigan State and Syracuse," he said.
One factor in the Pack's favor is their ability to sell early playing time. While that is a factor, Wright said that the Wolfpack coaches have really been working on selling much more than a chance to hit the field as a freshman.
"NC State has been talking to me about early playing time but that isn't the only thing they've been selling," he said. "Really, they've been selling the whole program. I would say this trip helped their chances."