Eckerson Back From Raleigh

Lumberton (NC) offensive lineman Hutch Eckerson visited NC State last weekend as the Wolfpack faced Virginia Tech, another of Eckerson's favorites, on national television.

"It was a really good game... I like games that come down to the wire like that," Hutch Eckerson told Pack Pride. "I had fun and got to watch two good teams play against each other.

"Virginia Tech had an upper hand as the returning ACC champions... they had something to prove. State played hard to the end and you have to admire that, but they had just too many turnovers and penalties to pull out the win."

Eckerson has made numerous trips to NC State and even lived in Raleigh a few years back. Since both of his parents are alums, he is an avid Wolfpack supporter and feels very comfortable with the coaching staff while also voicing his impressions of the facility improvements.

"I spoke with coach Williams and briefly with coach Barry, the offensive line coach," Eckerson said. "I've talked with coach Amato in his office before with my family too. I know everybody up there, and they know me. I had a lot of fun, and it was nice to see the improvements done to Carter-Finley. I've been going to games since I was a little kid so of course I was impressed by the new facilities."

With written offers from Virginia Tech, South Carolina, Virginia, and North Carolina, Eckerson had yet to secure an offer from the Wolfpack. Did NC State offer this past weekend?

"They haven't offered me yet," he said. "But, the game I went to was for only the top recruits they are after, and I don't know how many of them didn't have offers yet. So it's one of those things where I just wait and see what happens. They are definitely high on my list, but they haven't offered me yet and there's nothing I can do about that except keep playing my game."

The three-star prospect will likely take an unofficial visit in the upcoming weeks and appears to have tentatively scheduled his first official visit.

"I think I'm going to the South Carolina-Alabama game," Eckerson said. "I believe I'm taking my official visit to Virginia when they play Virginia Tech. We kind of have that set up right now. I'll take officials to Virginia Tech and South Carolina for sure.

"Virginia, South Carolina, Virginia Tech, NC State and Tennessee are probably my top five schools. NC State and Tennessee haven't offered me yet, but the others have."

Eckerson has fielded calls from Virginia, South Carolina, Virginia Tech, North Carolina, Clemson, NC State, and Tennessee. Now he's looking to finalize his list and focus on finding the best fit for him.

"It's about narrowed down," Eckerson said. "I want to go somewhere that has a plan for me and player-coach relationships are going to be a big thing."

Expect a late decision from Eckerson, as he hopes to announce near signing day.

Eckerson Notes: Although Lumberton struggled to an 0-11 record in 2004, Eckerson has emerged as one of the state's top line prospects. At the Shrine Bowl Combine held at Richmond County High School, the senior measured in at 6-6, 251 pounds and recorded a 5.09-second 40-yard dash. He also ran an impressive 4.61-second shuttle and bench pressed 13 reps of 185 pounds.

This week Eckerson and his high school team will face Wilmington (NC) Hoggard and Wolfpack commitment Nathan Franklin.

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