Neild: 'It Was A Good Visit'

Linebacker Chris Neild discusses his NC State visit with Pack Pride.

This past weekend NC State hosted linebacker Chris Neild, a 6-3, 275-pound prospect from Stroudsburg High School in Pennsylvania that has the athleticism and strength Coach Amato and staff are interested in.

Neild, who visited NC State unofficially last summer, was already familiar with the program but still enjoyed his trip.

"I had seen it before because I went down there last summer, but it was a good visit," he said. "I like the facilities down there. I liked the Murphy Center a lot. Their weightroom is huge, and it's a great place for players."

The intriguing prospect has already committed to West Virginia, choosing the Mountaineers over offers from NC State, Syracuse, North Carolina, Georgia Tech, Rutgers, Miami (FL) among others. However, he is still evaluating his options, although it appears that Morgantown, West Virginia will be his likely destination.

"I'm still committed to West Virginia," Neild said. "But, I have coaches coming in this week to keep talking with me. (West Virginia) Coach Rodriguez came by today.

"They were showing me the propaganda that they use to show all the recruits. They were just showing me how it would be when I go there.

"Coach Amato and coach Williams will be here on Thursday for NC State, and coach Smith will be here for Georgia Tech on Friday."

Neild mentioned that West Virginia, NC State, and Georgia Tech are still under consideration despite his commitment to the Mountaineers. West Virginia and Georgia Tech are recruiting him to play defensive line while NC State is recruiting him to play linebacker.

As a senior he tallied 86 tackles, 16 tackles for loss, nine sacks, three forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, and an interception while playing middle linebacker.

"NC State is the only one recruiting me to play linebacker," Neild said. "I'd have to lose the weight to play that position, probably about 20 pounds, but I think I could do it.

"I know they play a lot of big linebackers. They had Oliver Hoyte who played linebacker, and he was almost 260 pounds."

Neild is fully qualified to play as a true freshman and has completed his official visits.

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