Rieskamp: 'I Really Like Coach O'Brien'

Cincinnati (OH) Elder defensive end Jeff Rieskamp discusses his commitment to NC State with Pack Pride.

Cincinnati (OH) Elder defensive end Jeff Rieskamp visited NC State this past weekend with his father. A couple of days after the trip, he was ready to commit to the Wolfpack.

"I just committed with them," Rieskamp told Pack Pride Tuesday evening. "I called up coach Horton and told him that I wanted to commit. He was really excited to hear that I was going to come down with him at NC State."

Rieskamp originally committed to Boston College, but nearly right after he verbaled head coach Tom O'Brien accepted the head coaching position at NC State. Rieskamp stated that O'Brien played a major role in his final decision.

"I really like coach O'Brien," he said. "I think he's a real straightforward guy, and he was a major factor for me. It's going to be a pleasure to play for him."

The commitment nearly didn't happen. Rieskamp wasn't sure that the staff would recruit him to NC State, although they had recruited him vigorously while at Boston College. New Wolfpack offensive line coach Don Horton handled his recruitment, and Horton informed him that he wanted Rieskamp to check out NC State. Rieskamp and his father decided to take the visit, and they were not disappointed.

"I figured I would take a visit because of the coaches, and when I went down to NC State I saw I could get everything I wanted right there," said Rieskamp. "I knew it would be a great decision to go down there.

"It's an awesome place. I never imagined how big a facility it would be and how up-to-date it would be. You hear how great it is, but you don't realize it until you go down and experience it yourself."

How does his family feel about Rieskamp heading to Raleigh?

"They were really excited when I decided that I wanted to commit to NC State," said Rieskamp. "My mom didn't make the visit with me, but my dad did and he felt everything about the place was real nice. The stadium, the facilities, and the coaches we were already familiar with. Everything is just first-class down at NC State."

At 6-3, 235 pounds and boasting 4.6-second speed in the 40-yard dash, Rieskamp finished off 2006 with 56 tackles and nine sacks en route to all-state, all-district and all-league honors.

He chose the Wolfpack over offers from Boston College, Michigan State, West Virginia, Miami (Ohio), Cincinnati, Akron, Ohio and Ball State.

Rieskamp added that his decision is final.

"That was my last visit," he said. "I had already taken four others so I'm done. I'm confident in my decision."

Rieskamp projects as a defensive end on the next level, and he is academically qualified. He is Wolfpack's 17th commitment in the 2007 class and the first prospect to verbal to Tom O'Brien at NC State.

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