Linebacker is a critical area of need that the Wolfpack will certainly look to address in the class of 2007. Josh Hartigan, a 6-3, 215 pound ‘backer with 4.7-second speed in the 40 from Northeast High School in Oakland Park, Fla, is a major target for the NC State coaches and they had a chance to host him on an official visit this past weekend.
Although the outcome of their contest with Akron may not have ended the way they wanted, the Wolfpack coaches certainly had to feel good about their chances with Hartigan after he spent the weekend in Raleigh. Pack Pride caught up with the senior defender for some feedback on his trip.
"The visit went real good," said Hartigan. "It was an exciting game and I really liked it up there. The environment was good and it just seemed like everything was about football up there. Darian (Williams) went with me and we had a great time."
Despite their needs at LB, NC State didn't pressure Hartigan to make an early commitment. That strategy appeared to play well with the south Florida linebacker.
"I got to meet with coach Amato and coach Stroud before I left and they basically were telling me that they wanted me to keep them in mind when it came that time to make a decision. They really weren't focused on getting me to commit. They just wanted to let me have a good time while I was up there."
Hartigan said that after the visit, NC State, Pittsburgh and Tennessee are his top three and that he was leaving a spot open for Florida State since the Noles were his childhood favorite. He has not set up any other official visits but plans to visit Pittsburgh with teammates Bo Williams and Darian Williams. He added that all of his favorites were "pretty much equal" and that he wanted to keep all of his options open.
Hartigan plans to graduate in December and enroll in college next January.