The Jan 13 weekend looks to be a big one for NC State and their recruiting efforts for the class of 2006. A new name to surface recently on the Pack's radar is offensive lineman Zach Hermann from East Lake High School in Tarpon Springs, Florida and he'll be one of better than a dozen visitors this coming weekend.
At 6-3, 310 pounds, Hermann is being recruited by NC State as a guard and he caught the eye of NC State wide receiver coach Dwayne Dixon at a recent all-star event played in Florida. The senior lineman graded out at better than 90% for the 2005 season and was named All-Pinellas County and All-Suncoast second team for his efforts. He was also selected to play in the Pinellas County all-star game as well as the North vs South all-star classic.
As for recruiting, Hermann has narrowed his recruiting down to a final three schools of NC State, Louisville and South Florida. Louisville has already received an official visit while South Florida is in line for a visit on Jan 20th. Hermann broke down his top three schools recently for Pack Pride.
Louisville: "I really liked the town up there. I like the way the program is set up and I got along well with the coaching staff. They haven't offered me yet but the head coach is coming down next week and they're going to let me know what they're going to do."
South Florida: "South Florida is close to home and that's nice. Plus, they've been recruiting me for a couple of years and I know they're staff well. I really like them and they're an up and coming program."
NC State: "They got involved after seeing me at the county all-star game. Coach Dixon came by and talked to my family. Then, coach Barry came by the school and talked to me and my dad. Since then I've just been looking them up on the internet so I could learn more about them. I know they've got a good program and some nice facilities. They're in the ACC and they've got good academics. I want to major in Engineering and they've got one of the best Engineering programs."
Hermann spent his first two years on varsity at tackle but was moved to guard as a senior. He projects as an academic qualifier and says he will take his official visit to South Florida before making a decision.