"I'm surprised by all of the attention I'm getting," Linney told Pack Pride. "I never expected this, but it has been fun. Going to the different camps and playing against some of the top players, I've liked that a lot."
Linney really impressed at the recent invite-only Shrine Bowl combine. The 6-2, 283 pound prospect has a perfect build for nose tackle, and he showed a relentless style and the ability to routinely disrupt the offense. He seemed to be all over the field on several plays.
"I felt good about that camp, being down there with the top players in the state," Linney said. "I hope to make the team. It would be great to play in that game.
"My strengths are that I get a good jump off the ball, and I can get a good pass rush."
With offers from NC State, South Carolina, and East Carolina, Linney also likes Clemson, North Carolina, and Georgia. He visited Clemson earlier in the spring, and last week he made his first-ever trip to NC State.
"I went to NC State last week," said Linney. "That was pretty cool. I really liked the stadium and how they are expanding it. It's going to be a nice place to play in.
"I got to talk with coach Cignetti, he's recruiting me for State. He talked to me on a more personal level than the other coaches do, and I liked that."
Linney also spoke with NC State head coach Chuck Amato and defensive line coach Todd Stroud. The Wolfpack had three defensive linemen selected in the first round of the 2006 NFL Draft and that caught Linney's attention.
"I liked talking with coach Amato," he said. "He's cool and down-to-earth.
"I feel that every person is different, but I see that they have made players into NFL defensive linemen."
Previously Linney had labeled Clemson his leader, as it was the only college he had visited. Has that changed?
"I'd have to say NC State is my leader," he said. "On the visit, they showed a lot of interest, and they are pushing for me to decide. They want me to be a big part of their class.
"My dad has always liked NC State, and that's a big reason for me too. I liked whoever he liked growing up, just watching who he watched."
Don't expect a quick decision from Linney, as he plans on announcing later this year.
"I think I'm going to decide in the fall during the football season. With me, I think I want to see what all comes my way and then I will decide."