Defensive tackle Kyle Linney , from Alexander Central High School in Taylorsville, NC, surfaced on the NC State recruiting radar just six weeks ago but since, he has emerged as a major target for the Wolfpack coaching staff.
At 6-2, 285 pounds, Linney impressed during the spring combine circuit, displaying super quickness, leverage and a non-stop motor.
Linney really stood out at the invite-only Shrine Bowl combine, as he was arguably the most impressive defensive tackle in attendance. He 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.
The Pack wasted no time in offering a scholarship and they have been joined by South Carolina and East Carolina. However, a June visit to Raleigh has helped establish NC State as the team to beat.
"NC State is first and then I like South Carolina and Clemson," said Linney. "State has been showing me the most interest. I made a visit there, and I really liked it a lot.
"Coach Cignetti is recruiting me, and he seems honest and straightforward. Like I said, they've just been showing me a lot of interest. They talked to me about committing, but I'm going to wait and probably do it sometime during my football season."
Linney said he doesn't have any firm plans for camps this summer but is leaving the door open for a potential trip or two.
"I don't have anything planned right now," he said. "I'm just going to wait to see if any schools get up with me."