NC State head coach Chuck Amato has helped turn the Wolfpack's "Walk of Champions" into a weekly ritual for throngs of rabid fans. He has talked at length about the effects the fan's loyalty has had on the team during the short trek to the Wendell-Murphy Center prior to each game. It has also had a profound, and perhaps just as important, effect on recruits that are on hand.
One prospect that was completely blown away by the sheer energy of the Pack's recent walk prior to the Virginia Tech contest was WR Griff Yancey from Hermitage High School in Richmond, Va. He told Pack Pride, "Man, it was just crazy out there. You've got some loyal fans cheering for you and you know that's going to get you pumped for the game. I had never seen anything like that."
Yancey is a prospect that NC State has been keeping close tabs on all year. Last season he was one of Virginia's most productive wideouts- finishing off the year with 35 receptions for 850 yards and 13 touchdowns. He was rewarded by being named all-district, all-region and all-state.
In his first game of 2005, Yancey hauled in five receptions for 123 yards and a touchdown. He also took an end around 18 yards for a score and had one interception on defense.
At 6-0, 180 pounds, Yancey has good size and has been timed as low as 4.47-seconds in the 40-yard dash by his coaches. Most schools are looking at the senior athlete for offense but a few have asked about his willingness to play defense.
"Most schools are recruiting me as a wide receiver," said Yancey. "A few have asked me if I'm open to playing DB. Really, I can play either so it doesn't matter to me."
Yancey has received an offer from Ohio University and is getting heavy interest from NC State, Virginia, Boston College, Virginia Tech and Maryland. He told Pack Pride that his current top five consists of NC State, Virginia, Ohio, Virginia Tech and Maryland.
Should the Pack decide to offer at some point during the season, they certainly made a huge impression during Yancey's visit earlier this month.
"The trip there was great," said Yancey. "It was awesome. Before the game we got a chance to ride around Raleigh, go to a mall and just check out the area. It was just a lot of nice people and a good environment. At the game, it was electrifying. There's nothing like Raleigh or NC State and that walk of champions was crazy."
When asked if he was leaning to any particular school currently, Yancey made it clear that the trip to North Carolina had left an indelible impression.
"All I can say is NC State is everything I'm looking for right now."
The senior receiver says he plans to wait until later in the year before making a collegiate decision but it's unlikely that he'll take it all the way to signing day.
"I will probably do it later this year but I don't want to wait too long," he said. "I want to see what other offers come in before I decide."
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