NC State was the first school to offer linebacker Alex Kaufman from Lakota West High School in West Chester, Ohio. He has since picked up another scholarship promise from Minnesota. At 6-2, 220 pounds and boasting 4.7-second speed in the 40-yard dash, Kaufman finished off 2005 with 37 tackles, nine tackles for loss, five sacks, three pass breakups and two forced fumbles. This summer, the rising senior has put together a full slate of schools he'll be camping at in an effort to earn even more offers.
"I went to the Nike camp at Ohio State and Miami of Ohio already," said Kaufman. "I also plan on attending camps at Ohio State, Purdue, Northwestern, Michigan State and Ohio University."
Although he has several trips on the horizon, Kaufman updated Pack Pride on his top schools.
"My top schools, in no particular order are NC State, Northwestern, Purdue and Minnesota and the rest of the schools, I'm still very interested in.
"I don't have a particular favorite at this point in the summer but we'll see after I go through my camp schedule. There are definitely a number of schools I am highly interested in."
Kaufman and fellow NC State recruit and teammate Solomon Thomas had originally planned to make an unofficial visit to Raleigh over the summer. It appears that trip may be delayed until the two make an official visit to NC State next fall.
"This summer looks really busy for both of us so we'll probably wait until November to come down for an official visit," he said.
Although the State coaches will have to wait a few months before getting the Ohio duo on campus, there's no doubt they've built a solid relationship with Kaufman.
"I like what Coach Amato has going on down there," he said. "The coaches all seem to have a plan for me as to where I could possibly fit into their program and I like that. I love the reputation State has created and I look forward to getting to see what they're all about going into this season."