"I have to get another point or two on the ACT now, so I won't be at NC State until January," Delegal told Pack Pride. "I'm taking tutoring classes right now and getting one-on-one help with the test so that the next time I won't have any problems at all with it.
Although he isn't cleared to play in 2006, Delegal doesn't think he will go the route most in his situation take: prep school. Instead, he will do like a few other Wolfpack players have done in recent years, most notably Garland Heath and Miguel Scott, and continue to take the test while remaining at his south Florida home for the semester.
"I just want to get these scores so I can play," he said. "I want to get my grades right. I talked with coach Stroud, and we didn't really talk about going to prep school. I'm just going to get my grades right so I can play at NC State.
"I'm going to work out and stay in shape, and I'm going to try and take some classes at the local [community] college down here."
Delegal knows that he just missed being eligible. In fact, he admits the blame is all on him because he slacked off in his final semester of high school.
"I'm just focusing on this ACT thing right now," he said. "I thought I was qualified, and it came up after getting my final grades that I was short. If I would have got two B's instead of two C's I would have qualified. I was that close.
"I'm beating myself up about the situation because I kind of slacked off, and it hurt me. I'm not going to make that mistake again, so I want to get these grades so I can get on the field up at NC State."
Delegal remains committed to NC State and plans on enrolling in January after receiving his test scores. He was recruited to play defensive back for the Wolfpack and hopes to take a couple of unofficial visits this fall.
"State recruited me to play defensive back," he said. "I don't care which it is, but I think they want me primarily for safety. I can play corner if they need me too though.
"As soon as the season starts I'm going to go up there for a couple of games."
Delegal originally inked with the Wolfpack after considering offers from Auburn, Iowa, Mississippi, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest and Wisconsin among others.
Stats: Delegal tallied 75 tackles, five sacks, four forced fumbles, three interceptions, and two fumble recoveries during his senior season. A team captain, Delegal played outside linebacker and strong safety for Chaminade's 2005 state championship team.
Delegal Quote: "The coaches like my drive and toughness. I'm real physical, and I'll hit anybody. I have good natural ability, and they also like my instincts for playing football."
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