Pack Lands Another In-State Product

Garner (NC) safety Chris Culliver has committed to NC State, the second verbal in the 2007 class.

Garner (NC) safety Chris Culliver has committed to NC State, the second verbal in the 2007 class.

"I just committed to NC State today," Culliver said. "I liked their facilities and everything. I like it there. I went on Thursday with my head coach, Nelson Smith."

Culliver played strong safety as a junior for Garner, as he tallied 127 tackles, seven sacks, and two interceptions. NC State was the first school to offer, and he was receiving major attention from East Carolina, Duke, Virginia Tech, Virginia, Notre Dame and Florida were showing interest

"NC State was the first to offer and that was another reason I went ahead and committed," Culliver said. "Plus it's close to home, and I can stay close to my family.

"I really like their program. When I told coach Amato today he was very happy. He was pleased with it. He said they really liked my tape."

Culliver burst on the scene at the recent Combine held in Durham where the 6-foot-1, 190-pound defensive back put on a show.

"Heading into the afternoon, the name 'Chris Culliver' wasn't found on any recruiting list," Recruiting Analyst Don Callahan said. "However, Culliver followed up his 4.38-second 40-yard dash time (a combine best), with one of the better defensive back performances.

"He was rarely beat on deeper routes and showed his competitive nature by singling out Mark Barnes – one of the better wide outs – and facing him most of the day."

Culliver pointed out that the combine helped with his recruitment.

"I thought the combine helped me a lot," he said. "It was good. I always try to go against the best players, and I went right at Mark Barnes and Greg Little. Jay Smith, the wide receiver from Virginia, he was there too. He was cool."

Culliver is the second known commitment for NC State in the 2007 class.

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