The Pack has had mixed results when it's come to landing so called "legacy recruits". High profile prospects Justin London and Jonathan Hannah had Wolfpack roots but opted for UCLA and South Carolina, respectively. Daniel and Andrew Evans are the sons of former Pack QB Johnny Evans and ultimately landed at NC State. The latest Wolfpack legacy to earn an NC State offer is OL Hutch Eckerson from Lumberton (NC) High School and the Pack coaches would like nothing more than for this three-star prospect to blaze his own trail in Raleigh.
Eckerson's father, Todd, was a standout OT for the Pack from 1978-1982 and was ultimately drafted by the Dallas Cowboys. His son is being recruited for the same position and has emerged as one the top line prospects still on the Wolfpack's recruiting board. Eckerson measured in at 6-6, 251 pounds over the summer but has since bulked up to 270 pounds. He runs the 40-yard dash consistently in the 5.0-second range.
Given the Pack's substantial need for talented linemen on offense, the State coaches have been understandably cautious when offering OL in 2005. The staff simply can't afford any more misses at this spot and by Pack Pride's count, less than a half dozen linemen have been offered which puts Eckerson in fairly rare company. After viewing film from his senior season, the Wolfpack coaches apparently made the decision to add Eckerson's name to the slim list of OL boasting offers from NC State. Now, the big question will be whether they waited too long.
Pack Pride caught up with Eckerson to get his thoughts on NC State and where he's leaning currently.
"Yeah, they finally offered me," said Eckerson. "I was kind of wondering when they were going to do it and they finally did. Coach Williams got a copy of my senior tape and he said the whole offensive staff watched it. Coach Amato was excited about it and I was too. It was a dream of mine to get an offer from them and now it's reality."
Despite the Wolfpack offer and ties to the NC State program, Eckerson still has a couple of out-of-state schools at the top of his recruiting list.
"Virginia and Virginia Tech are really high on the list right now," he said. "State waited a long time to offer so I had a lot of time to get to know those other schools. But now that they have, they're high on the list but the Virginia schools are No.1 right now. Coach Wiles from Virginia Tech flew down to see my game last Friday but it got cancelled. We had a good talk though so that was good."
The Pack will also be working to set up an official visit. Eckerson has already set trips to Virginia on Nov 19, Virginia Tech on Dec 9 and South Carolina in January.
As for NC State, Eckerson said, "I might take one to NC State but I've been there so many times plus I lived in Raleigh for a while. But I might take one just so I can see what kind of goes on behind the scenes."
Eckerson projects as a full academic qualifier.