The departures of Mario Williams, Manny Lawson and Renaldo Moses has created a huge hole at the defensive end position for the NC State coaches to address with the class of 2006. One name reportedly high on the staff's wish list is defensive end Marcus Broxie from Middleton High School in Tampa, Florida.
Broxie, 6-4, 230 pounds with 4.7-second speed in the 40-yard dash, has seen his stock soar over the last several weeks after recording nearly 70 tackles and 13 sacks en route to all-conference honors as a senior. Now, he's been flooded with interest from numerous colleges inquiring about his plans for the next level. Pack Pride caught up with him for the latest.
"I really have to thank all my coaches here," said Broxie. "They've been so good to me by getting my name out and letting all these colleges know about me. I've got offers from Indiana, UNLV, Rutgers, Bowling Green, NC State...I can't remember them all but I've got 21 altogether."
In addition to those schools, Broxie has also heard from West Virginia, Alabama and South Carolina, with Gamecock's head coach Steve Spurrier stopping by to check up on Broxie last week.
Broxie has visits to Bowling Green and Rutgers under his belt and made an official visit to NC State this past weekend. It was apparent that the Pack knocked his socks off during the visit.
"The thing about State is my coaches spoke so highly of NC State," said Broxie. "Bryan Clark and Oliver Hoyte are from Tampa and everyone down here has kept up with them and kind of looks up to them.
"Coach Dixon has been recruiting me so well. North Carolina is a great state and Raleigh is a nice city with a lot of things to do. I've watched Mario Williams dominating just about every game he's in and he's about my build. He ran a 4.6 and I ran a 4.7. I feel like I could be like him. I've heard from a lot of coaches that I play a lot like him.
"I also got a chance to speak with coach Amato while I was up there and he's got a great reputation for running a clean program.
With the Pack's need at defensive end, playing time was a major topic of discussion while Broxie was in Raleigh.
"They were selling playing time to me hard," said Broxie. "They really think I can step in and play. Just playing in the ACC, going out and seeing Bobby Bowden or Larry Coker on the other sidelines would be awesome.
"Ray Michel was my host while I was there and he told me that I would have to come and work. NC State is not going to be a cakewalk but I know it would be a very, very nice place to be."
Broxie stated that, right now, he has no clear-cut favorite between Rutgers and NC State. He also admitted that a decision could come as soon as this week, however, he wants to see what a traditional SEC power is going to do before ending his recruiting.
"Alabama has been coming on strong over the last couple of weeks," said Broxie. "I'm going to see if they offer and want me to visit before I make a decision."
Broxie will have in-home visits from Pack DL coach Todd Stroud on Thursday, Rutgers on Tuesday and coach Amato next week.
The senior defensive end plans to major in Business Marketing and is qualified academically.