Chicago OL Talks About Trip to NC State

Three-star OL Arthur Ray was a previous commitment to Boston College. Where does he stand after an official visit with NC State this weekend? We've got the latest.

NC State hosted a pair of official visitors this weekend as OL Arthur Ray from Mt Carmel High School in Chicago, Ill and DE Jeff Rieskamp from Elder High School in Cincinnati, Oh made the trek to Raleigh.

Ray, a 6-3, 305 pound lineman with 5.2-second speed in the 40-yard dash originally committed to Boston College last July but pledged to give the Wolfpack a look after Tom O'Brien accepted the head coaching job at NC State. He talked with Pack Pride about the trip.

"The visit was real good," said Ray. "I liked the setup there and I got a good feel when I was down there. The facilities were real nice- probably as good as I've ever seen. The weight room was 75 yards long.

"While I was there the coaches were telling me that it was different down at NC State. It was more of a college town whereas Boston is more of a city. Everybody loves their football down there. I would rate the visit a 9 out of 10."

Although State made a good impression on Ray, it wasn't enough to unseat Boston College as his top school with at least one more official visit on the horizon.

"Right now I'm still a soft verbal to Boston College," said Ray. "I'm also looking at NC State and Michigan State. I'm planning on taking an official visit to Michigan State and Boston College. I should know for sure where I'm going by the end of January."

Ray is rated a three-star prospect by Scout.com and the No. 77 player in the midwest region by SuperPrep magazine. He projects as an academic qualifier.


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