NC State landed the jewel of their recruiting class to date when quarterback Justin Burke from Lexington, Kentucky committed to the Wolfpack several weeks ago. Burke mentioned that State may be looking to take two quarterbacks in the class of 2006 and have since hosted three lesser-rated signal-callers in Kevin Atkins from Southern Durham (NC) High School, Vaughn Charlton from Avon Grove, Pennsylvania, and Joei Fiegler from Alcoa (Tn) High School.
Feigler, in particular, made his second trip to NC State this past weekend for the Pack's showdown with UNC. The left-handed quarterback camped with the Wolfpack over the summer and has received a steady diet of attention ever since.
At 6-3 and 185 pounds, Feigler has led his team to a 4-1 start in 2005 with 11 touchdowns and just three interceptions. Last season, Fiegler completed 76-of-118 passes for 1,389 yards, including 17 touchdowns versus just four interceptions.
On a team loaded with talent, including wide receiver Anthony Warren (Florida State commitment) and tailback Dustin Lindsey (Tennessee commitment), Fiegler has had plenty of evaluation time from college coaches. Although he's yet to garner a scholarship offer of his own, he is receiving the most interest from Louisville, NC State, Southern Miss and Indiana.
This past weekend Fiegler attended his first NC State game and the trip made quite an impression on the senior QB.
"This was my second trip down there, and I loved it," said Fiegler. "The atmosphere, the fans, it was just awesome. I love the setting as far as where the stadium sits. Overall, it was just a great experience."
While he's still working to earn his first offer, Fiegler says that two schools in particular appear close to pulling the trigger.
"While I was down at State, me and coach Trestman talked, and I know they've already got a commitment from Justin Burke. He told me they may take a second quarterback, and he said he hoped I was the guy. He said he's been so busy with the season that he hasn't had a chance to look at all of my film yet. But they want to look at my first few games before they decide on offering. I can tell you, I really like coach Trestman. When we were together we just clicked and we have a good relationship.
"Southern Miss seems real close to offering, too. Actually they haven't offered any QB's so they're being real selective."
So far in September, Fiegler has fielded phone calls from NC State, Southern Miss, Louisville and Indiana. Those schools also make up his top four at the current time.
It would also appear that Fiegler could be an offer away from making a collegiate decision. He said that it wouldn't take long to make a decision once he receives that first scholarship.
"I've already visited all the schools that I'm looking at so I might take a couple weeks to think about it to make sure I was making the right decision," said Fiegler. "But I already know a lot about each of the schools so I wouldn't wait too long."
Fiegler hopes to one day become a teacher or coach and plans to major in Education.