He had a stellar season, but being a leader on a state championship team is the accomplishment he will cherish the most.
"I had 75 tackles, five sacks, four forced fumbles, three interceptions, and two fumble recoveries this season," Jordan Delegal told Pack Pride. "The year was good for me and my team as we won the state title.
"I was co-captain of the team and the defensive captain. That meant a lot to me. That was the most important stat for me because it showed I was a leader for a winner."
Delegal visited North Carolina State on Saturday, arriving in Raleigh after taking the SAT that morning. Hosting him during his stay were two friends, current Wolfpack players and former Lions John Dunlap and Octavious Darby.
"John Dunlap and Octavious Darby were my hosts," said Delegal. "They played here with me a few years ago. Both helped me out a lot. They told me it was a great family atmosphere at NC State and that when you get there it will be a big family."
One of the influential factors in Delegal's decision was the facilities at NC State. He raved about the Wendell Murphy center and the academic support that NC State can provide.
"Everything is real nice and fancy," he said. "What more can I say? It's a state-of-the-art school. They give you a chance to succeed in football and academics."
Delegal was the only official visitor in Raleigh on Monday, as the other 12 visitors departed on Sunday. He didn't get to speak with NC State head coach Chuck Amato prior to leaving campus because Amato was on the recruiting trail. However, while thinking about his visit at the airport, he told Amato and his recruiting coach, defensive ends coach Todd Stroud, that he would be committing to the Wolfpack.
"I was talking to coach Stroud about the visit, and I told him that I wanted to go ahead and commit," Delegal said. "He was happy. He put coach Amato on the phone, and he was really excited.
"He said he was happy to accept my commitment and that I'll be a great addition to the Wolfpack family."
Delegal, who checks in at 6-foot-1 and 195-pounds, plays outside linebacker and strong safety for the Lions. He has been recruited to play rover for NC State and could potentially grow into an outside linebacker in a couple of seasons.
"I play both outside linebacker and strong safety for my high school, but I'm going to play safety at NC State," he said. "They have a safety come down and cover you man-on-man. It's basically the same scheme we run at my school now.
"The coaches like my drive and toughness. I'm real physical, and I'll hit anybody. I have good natural ability, and they also like my instincts for playing football."
Chaminade-Madonna is one of the top prep programs in Florida and churns out college prospects every year. Delegal flew under the recruiting radar, but wasn't an unknown to college coaches.
With offers from programs such as Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, NC State, Auburn, Tennessee, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest, and Northwestern, Delegal narrowed his list to three programs before choosing the Wolfpack.
"I had narrowed my list down to NC State, Wisconsin, and Iowa," he said. "But I fell in love with NC State. I won't be taking those other visits.
"I'm really excited about it. I can't wait to put on the Red and White."
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