The in-state class of 2007 has already been lauded as one of the deepest in recent memory and it got a little deeper this evening when NC State landed it's first verbal commitment of the year.
There's little doubt that the Wolfpack has been all over North Carolina during the very early stages of the recruiting season with better than 20 NC prospects boasting NC State offers. One of those prospects was TE George Bryan from New Hanover High School in Wilmington, NC. At 6-5, 250 pounds, Bryan has been timed at 4.8-seconds in the 40-yard dash. He plays double duty for New Hanover, starting as a TE and DE. This past season was a breakout year for Bryan as he tallied eight touchdowns en route to all-conference and all-area honors.
Interest had started to intensify for Bryan recently with offers on the table from NC State and East Carolina with South Carolina and UNC saying that offers were forthcoming. That was in addition to recruiting interest from Georgia, Illinois, Colorado, Virginia Tech, Virginia, Georgia Tech and Wake Forest.
However, despite the attention, Bryan said the decision to run with the Pack was the realization of a lifelong dream.
"Yeah, I committed to State this evening," said Bryan. "I've always been a State fan my whole life. My entire family loves State and my uncle gets season tickets every year. It's just always been my dream to play for State. I've been to a bunch of games up there and I just love the atmosphere. They were the ones I was always waiting for to send me something. When State finally offered, I've got to be honest, I started crying. I could just see how happy it made my dad and uncle in their eyes. It was really overwhelming."
Bryan said that coach Amato showed him individual attention from day one and that only solidified his choice to play his college football at NC State.
"He was the first coach to come to me when I went for a visit," said Bryan. "At other schools, they would send someone down to come take me to see the coach but coach Amato ran down on the field to meet me and shake my hand. That really meant a lot to me."
Bryan will play tight end for the Pack.
Stay tuned as Pack Pride will have more information on Bryan from the coaching staff at New Hanover High School.