Morales Will Visit

When discussing NC State recruiting pipelines, most Wolfpack fans are quick to mention Miami, Florida, but it looks like Bethlehem, Pennsylvania is also developing a nice pipeline to Raleigh, North Carolina.

In recent years NC State has landed Pat Bedics, John Bedics, Kyle Newell, and Matt Kushner from Bethlehem (PA) Catholic High, and this year they are in an intense battle for the services of Bethlehem (PA) Liberty linebacker Andres Morales.

Morales helped lead his team to a stellar 13-2 record and a spot in the Pennsylvania 4A state championship game. Along the way, he tallied an impressive 135 tackles and 13 tackles for loss and was recently named to the Lehigh Valley Conference all-conference first team and first-team all-state.

His play resulted in scholarship offers from NC State, Connecticut, Rutgers, Missouri and Toledo with interest coming from a host of others. However, Morales didn't wait to long to make a decision, as he verbaled to Rutgers shortly after his official visit in December.

"It was a gut feeling I had," Morales said of his decision. "I just went with that and committed. Rutgers is close to home, and I had a good visit up there."

Despite the commitment, he plans on tripping to NC State and UCONN.

"I still have visits with NC State and UCONN," said Morales. "I go to NC State this weekend, and then I'm going to UCONN the weekend after that. They both came by to see me last week, so I know they are still interested."

Is there a chance that he could end up inking with another school in February?

"I don't know, we'll see," Morales said. "They will probably have to do a lot to take me away from Rutgers, I guess."

A standout middle linebacker for Liberty, Morales checks in at 6-foot-2 and 245-pounds and he has the frame to add even more weight. Although he should get bigger after enrolling in college, two programs still project him to play linebacker while the Wolfpack is recruiting him as a defensive end.

"Rutgers and UCONN want me to play linebacker," he said. "I think NC State wants me to play defensive end. I like linebacker better, but it doesn't matter to me."

So what does he like about the Wolfpack?

"I visited them last summer, and I really liked the weather," Morales said. "The facilities were amazing too. I also like coach Williams, my recruiting coach. He's a cool guy."

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