Kyle Nunn from Sumter (SC) High School is one of the Palmetto State's top offensive line prospects for the class of 2007. He recently picked up his first scholarship offer and, ironically, it came from a very unlikely source.
"NC State was the first school to offer me," said Nunn. "I was really shocked because I hadn't been hearing very much from them. But Coach Portee called my school and told my coach they were going to offer. Coach Sorrells pulled me out of class and put me on the phone with coach Portee and he said they were going to mail me the paperwork saying I had been offered.
"Coach Portee said as soon as he and coach Amato saw my film, they knew they were going to offer."
That offer came after a very solid season for Nunn. Although Sumter struggled to a 5-7 record playing in South Carolina's largest classification, Nunn graded out at roughly 89% on the season en route to all-region and all-area honors. He lines up at left tackle now and says colleges are recruiting him for either tackle spot in college.
In addition to the Wolfpack, Nunn is receiving interest from a bevy of schools to include Clemson, Virginia, Cincinnati, Colorado, Kansas State, Colorado, Maryland, Penn State, East Carolina, Georgia Tech and Georgia among others. However, two schools appear particularly close to pulling the trigger on a scholarship offer.
"Virginia Tech told me they would offer when I came to their camp in June. They just want to see me in person. Auburn said the same thing. I would say those two and NC State are probably showing the most interest as far as offers go."
The Wolfpack's early offer helped land an unofficial visit from Nunn for the Pack's spring game. It appears that initial trip left a lasting impression on the rising senior.
"Their football program is really growing," he said. "They're doing a lot of construction and everything looks new. I got to spend some time at the Murphy Center and the weight room was really nice. I liked everything about it.
"I got to spend some time with coach Amato, and he was a nice guy. He told me they wanted me to come back for some games this year, and he hoped they would get one of my official visits. I told him they definitely would."
Another school that has really caught Nunn's eye is Virginia Tech. Nunn recently took a trip to Blacksburg and it's clear the Hokies will be a major player for Nunn's commitment should they offer.
"I liked the campus there," said Nunn. "We got a chance to tour the whole campus. We also checked out the stadium and went out on the fifty yard line. That's a big stadium. I got a chance to talk to coach Beamer and we watched a practice at the indoor practice facility. Coach Beamer is a really nice guy and he was telling me how he had lived in Charleston and was familiar with Sumter."
With much of his recruitment still in front of him, Nunn said he has about seven schools that he's really got heavy interest in at the current time.
"I would say my top schools are NC State, Virginia Tech, Auburn, Clemson, Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee. NC State stands out right now because they offered but if I get some more offers, that's going to make it a tough decision."
Schedule permitting, Nunn hopes to attend camps this summer at NC State, Virginia Tech, Clemson, Auburn and Georgia. He says he hopes to make a commitment prior to his senior season but that could be delayed depending on how many offers he's able to land.
Nunn hopes to major in Business Management or Advertising.
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