Defensive end Jeff Rieskamp from Elder High School in Cincinnati thought he had his college decision behind him after committing to Boston College back in early December. However, within days of making his choice, Eagles head coach Tom O'Brien was announced as the new head coach at NC State- throwing Rieskamp's decision into limbo.
At 6-3, 235 pounds and boasting 4.6-second speed in the 40-yard dash, Rieskamp finished off 2006 with eight sacks en route to all-state, all-district and all-league honors.
Due to his potential and production as a senior, the talented defensive end earned scholarship offers from Boston College, Michigan State, West Virginia, Miami (Ohio), Cincinnati, Akron, Ohio and Ball State. He had camped with the Eagles as a junior and became extremely close to former BC offensive line coach Don Horton. That bond played a large role in Rieskamp's commitment to Boston College and is also a key factor in his decision to take a look at NC State.
"I'm real close to coach Horton, and I've known him for a while," Rieskamp recently told Pack Pride. "He was my coach when I came up there as a junior for camp and I just got to know him real well. When I heard he was moving to NC State, I definitely wanted to check out where he was going."
Rieskamp added that he has set up a tentative official visit for next weekend in Raleigh.
"We were talking about setting up an official visit for next weekend," he said. "We're supposed to talk in the next few days to make sure it's still on."
His official visit to NC State will be a fact-finding mission for Rieskamp as he knows very little about the Wolfpack. He's researched the Pack on the internet but is looking forward to seeing the program in person.
"Yeah, I've done some research on the internet and I know they have really nice facilities but I haven't heard too much about them," Rieskamp said. "Really, I want to come in and see what they've got and figure out what's going on and then make my decision."
Rieskamp is rated a two-star prospect by Scout.com and projects as an academic qualifier.