NC State hosted linebacker Josh Hartigan from Northeast High School in Oakland Park, Fla on an official visit back in September and continues to battle for the senior ‘backers commitment. Northeast struggled down the stretch and finished the season at 5-5. With his senior campaign behind him, Hartigan is now focused on recruiting and will make a quicker decision than most as he is still on track to graduate from high school in December. Pack Pride caught up with him recently for the latest.
"I've got an official visit set up with Iowa State on Dec 2nd and I'll be at Pittsburgh on Dec 8th," said Hartigan. "I've also got one with Colorado but I haven't set the date yet."
For weeks, Hartigan listed Pittsburgh and NC State as his top two schools. Is that still the case?
"Yeah, I guess it's still the same," he said. "But really, they're all favorites with me because they've all offered a scholarship."
Hartigan talked further about the Panthers and Wolfpack.
"With Pittsburgh, I went there for camp with some of my teammates and it was real fun and exciting," he said. "They've offered four of my teammates and may offer another so they've shown a lot of interest in a bunch of our guys.
"At NC State, I've got a former teammate there and I know there's a good chance for early playing time because of the linebacker situation there. I've been checking on the internet and I know they don't have any LB commitments and they have some senior LB's so there's a chance to play early and I want to go there to play."
Wolfpack defensive line coach Todd Stroud has headed up Hartigan's recruiting but it doesn't appear he's pressured him to make a quick decision.
"Me and coach Stroud talk a lot but he doesn't really push me to get me up there. He just let's me know he's staying in touch, checks to see how I'm doing and that he wants me at NC State.
Hartigan plans to take his three official visits before making a decision and stated that he was leaving the door open for a possible fifth official visit if need be.