Wischnefski: 'I'd Love To Play My First Year'

It has been an exhilarating week for Melbourne (FL) Offensive Lineman Ryan Wischnefski.

Last weekend he visited Florida State, the program he grew up cheering for, but left Tallahassee without an offer from the Seminoles. When he got home on Sunday, he received a nice surprise from another ACC program.

"NC State offered me Sunday afternoon," Ryan Wischnefski said. "It all happened so fast because I had just got back from Florida State.

"NC State wanted an answer really fast because they wanted to know who they had committed on the line and who wasn't. So, I talked with my parents and committed to coach Barry [Monday] night.

"I really don't think they are going to take too many other linemen, but I'm not sure."

He finalized his commitment yesterday when Wolfpack head coach Chuck Amato visited him at his high school.

"The meeting with coach Amato went real good," Wischnefski said. "He seemed pretty excited that I was committing. He thinks that the class they are bringing in is going to be really good. He said this class is going to be better than the class they had before and they are just going to keep building on what is going on up there."

A solid interior line prospect, Wischnefski turned heads at last summer's Scout.com combine. Checking in at 6'3 and 320 pounds, he was unbeaten during one-on-ones and he tested at or near the top in every category for offensive linemen. He posted a (4.94) shuttle, (27.5") vertical, (8.16) 3-cone drill, (5.20) 40-yard dash, and an (81") standing broad jump, impressive athleticism for a player his size.

"If you want a 6-5 guy then Wischnefski is not the guy, but if you want a lineman who is a technician and doesn't lose ground he's the guy," said Scout.com Recruiting Analyst Bob Lichtenfels. "He opens up extremely quickly in pass pro, and he is very cerebral. He anticipates what a defender is going to do better then most prospects at the high school level can.

"Wischnefski will be a solid interior lineman at the next level."

What position will he play for the Wolfpack? Florida State had been recruiting him as a center, but chose to not offer after landing a commitment from South Miami (FL) center Brandon Davis.

"I'm going to be a center or guard at NC State," said Wischnefski. "Coach Barry said he's probably going to start me out at center, and I'll work out at guard too. Whichever I'm the best at is where they are going to play me at.

"I wouldn't be upset with redshirting, but I'd love to play my first year. I'm going to just go with whatever Coach Barry wants because I know he knows what he is doing."

Ryan Wischnefski is the 13th known commitment in NC State's 2006 recruiting class and the first offensive line prospect.

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