Amato: 'We Signed A Lot Of Skill'

RALEIGH, NC -- NC State head coach Chuck Amato met with the media today to discuss his recruiting class. Here is a sampler of what he had to say.

Chuck Amato

Chuck Amato (23:27)

Opening thoughts on the class?

"My opening thoughts on the class are we met the needs we wanted. Last year we signed 14 linemen and a year ago today, I told our coaches it would be difficult to sign a lineman and we red-shirted every one but one. But we needed skill and we signed a lot of skill between the defensive backs and wide receivers. We didn't sign in running backs but we were in the running for what was considered one of the best running backs in the state right here in our hometown. But we knew that would be a tough position to get. We got a great QB that we're real pleased to have. That youngster's going to be something else. If you clump the one group together of tight ends, fullback, defensive ends and linebackers, there six of those and one offensive linemen. Again, and I say this every year, it was a team effort. Every coach here was responsible for helping put this class together."

"We started our recruiting class and we put our needs on the board and we said whatever lineman we signed would be a bonus. We went right down to the wire with quite a few of them and, as you know, we had a couple committed that went in another direction which, is so funny, when that happened five years ago and went the other way around, it was such a big thing."

Question about Justin Burke enrolling early

"Now it takes a special person and Justin Burke is a special person. He's an unbelievable student. But he wanted to be part of a basketball team that would have an opportunity to play in the state tournament. There were three or four of them that had played together since pee-wee and that shows what kind of team player he is. So I told him, after four years if you're an all-american I hoped he would stay around for his senior year. We threw it out there and told him to do whatever he wanted to do.

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