'I Really Liked It'

NC State hosted LB Alonzo McQueen this weekend and we've got the lowdown on his trip and who the Pack's biggest competition will be.

Alonzo McQueen from Robert E Lee High School in Jacksonville, Fla proved to be one of the Sunshine State's most productive linebackers in 2005. In helping lead his team to a 7-4 record, the 6-1, 210 pound prospect collected 116 tackles, two blocked punts, two blocked field goals, six sacks, three fumbles caused and three fumble recoveries. For his efforts, McQueen came away with all-district and all-region honors.

McQueen has recently started the process of scheduling official visits and NC State got the first shot at making an impression when the Wolfpack hosted him on an official visit this past weekend. Pack Pride caught up with the senior ‘backer to see how his initial trip went.

"It went good," said McQueen. "They've got a good atmosphere there and it's a big school. I really liked it. They're adding on to the facilities and that's nice. The coaches were real nice. They've got a lot of Florida guys up there.

"Coach Cignetti has been recruiting me and he's a good guy. I know he speaks the truth to me. State is recruiting me as an outside linebacker."

In addition to the Wolfpack, McQueen has three other teams under consideration and a couple of additional visits to make before he reaches a recruiting decision.

"Right now, I like NC State, South Carolina, UCF and Clemson," he said. "I'm going to UCF on Jan 6 and then to South Carolina on Jan 13. South Carolina is one of my top schools so I want to see them before I make a decision."

That trip to Columbia will be large as it appears the Pack and Gamecocks will do battle for this talented defenders commitment.

"NC State and South Carolina are my top two right now," he said. "They're both even."

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