There's little doubt that offensive lineman Hutch Eckerson from Lumberton (NC) High School has emerged as a crucial in-state recruit for NC State and head coach Chuck Amato.
The 6-6, 270 pound lineman has blossomed this season into one of the region's top line prospects with schools pursuing him with a fury. With an official visit to Virginia already under his belt, Eckerson was scheduled to visit Virginia Tech this past weekend but had to move that date back due to the Hokies game in Charlottesville.
The three-star prospect spoke with Wolfpack cornerbacks coach Greg Williams and made a trip up to Raleigh instead. Pack Pride spoke with him this evening about his visit with the Pack.
"I had an awesome time," said Eckerson. "I had a good time talking with several of the players. I was hosted by Kalani Heppe. We hung out with his roommate, Jonathan Holt, and Manny Lawson and it was nice getting to know a couple of the players. But really, I just had a great time."
Prior to the NC State visit, Eckerson had been a lean to Virginia. However, their recent loss of offensive coordinator Ron Prince to Kansas State may have opened the door for at least two schools in particular.
"Virginia was leading but they lost coach Prince," said Eckerson. "I really liked him and he was one of the things I liked about Virginia. But after traveling to State, they're real high on my list right now. I'd have to say State and Virginia Tech are at the top."
Eckerson will take a break from visits as he prepares for his upcoming trip to the Shrine Bowl. Afterwards, he has trips planned with South Carolina on January 13th and Virginia Tech on January 20th.
Stay tuned as we follow Eckerson right up until signing day and his decision.
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