NC State will begin it's official visit schedule early this year with the arrival of two Florida standouts this weekend for the Wolfpack's matchup with Akron. Schools are allowed 56 official visits each year and those trips are crucial in a team's effort to land a prospect. Pack Pride breaks down the visitors that will be on hand.
LB Josh Hartigan...6-3, 215 pounds, 4.65 in the 40...Northeast HS, Oakland Park, Fla
NC State recruiter...Todd Stroud...Scholarship Offers...Approximately 20, including NC State, Tennessee, Pittsburgh, Alabama, Louisville, Georgia Tech and Wisconsin.
Hartigan's top schools...Hartigan has been fairly consistent in naming Pittsburgh, Tennessee and NC State as his top three schools. The senior ‘backer has already unofficially visited Tennessee and Pittsburgh and this will be his first trip to NC State. It would appear that all three are dead even at the current time
NC State's chances...This trip will be crucial and there's no doubt the Wolfpack wanted the chance to host Hartigan for his first official visit. State has been on Hartigan for months and their need at LB will clearly be a selling point. We think it's possible the Pack could emerge as a leader after this visit but it is unlikely he will commit anywhere until after visits to Tennessee and Pittsburgh.
Interesting tidbit on Hartigan...Hartigan is on track to graduate in December and he plans to enroll in college in January. That is playing a large role in Hartigan taking his visits early.
WR Darian Williams...6-1, 185 pounds, 4.5 in the 40...Northeast HS, Oakland Park, Fla
NC State recruiter...Todd Stroud...Scholarship offers...NC State, Tennessee, Pittsburgh, Central Florida, Arizona State, Auburn, Minnesota and Rutgers.
Williams' top schools...Williams told us recently that he had NC State, Tennessee, Pittsburgh, Central Florida and Arizona State out front. We think the Pack, Vols and Pathers lead the way. He rescheduled a visit to ASU in order to make the trip to NC State.
NC State's chances...Williams was thrilled to get an offer from NC State but like Hartigan, it appears to be a dead heat between NC State, Tennessee and Pittsburgh. This visit will be crucial to the Pack's chances to put some separation between themselves and the other schools. However, like most other Florida prospects, he is likely to take several visits before making a decision.
Interesting tidbit on Williams...He is the third player from Northeast High School to earn an offer from NC State, joining Hartigan and RB Bo Williams. He plans to major in Architecture which could be a plus for the Pack.