"Jerry has done a great job with the special teams and with the recruiting process," said O'Brien. "It was very important to me that he be a part of our staff here and I look forward to continuing to work with him. We face many challenges this year as we try to hold on to commited prospects and also try to fill the remaining spots in this recruiting class and I know Jerry will be up to those challenges."
Keith Willis is the first member of O'Brien's defensive staff at NC State and will serve as defensive line coach. Willis has spent the past six seasons on O'Brien's staff at BC. In 2005, the Eagles led the ACC in rushing defense and he coached defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka, a first-round draft pick in 2006. Willis played for a dozen years in the NFL and has spent the last 12 years in collegiate coaching.
"Keith is as fine a defensive line coach as there is in this country," O'Brien continued. "His wanting to be part of our staff here at NC state shows his tremendous commitment to our goal of making our student-athletes champions in the classroom, the community and the football field."
O'Brien now has six assistant coaches on staff and says that he won't rush to fill the remaining positions.
"It's going to be an ongoing process," he said. "It's more important to do it right than to do it quickly. With the recruiting limitations of being able to have just seven coaches on the road at one time, we feel confident that we are well equipped to do what we need to do at this point."