"I just got back from my NC State visit," said Vermiglio. "I actually committed to the Wolfpack. The new coaching staff is awesome. I like coach Horton and coach O'Brien a lot. Being around there coaching staff, I knew it was the place I wanted to go. NC State is a great place."
A four-year starter at Rochester Hills (MI) Stoney Creek, Vermiglio played tight end much of his high school career but projects as an offensive lineman on the next level after playing tackle as a senior. He also started at nose tackle for Stoney Creek.
At 6-foot-5, 300-pounds, Vermiglio didn't receive the recruiting attention he would have liked and after initially committing to Eastern Michigan, he decided to attend Milford Academy where he would face better competition and have a chance to secure better scholarship offers.
"It was great playing at Milford," said Vermiglio. "There was a lot of good competition, and I learned a lot from the coaches there.
"Coach [Chaplick] helped me out a ton with my recruiting. I was at a smaller high school and going to Milford and being with coach Chap got me noticed. I owe a lot to him."
Milford head coach William Chaplick was a three-year letterman at center at Boston College in the 1970s, earning Honorable Mention All-American honors.
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Because he is fully qualified, Vermiglio has finished his time at Milford and is now back in Rochester Hills, Michigan. He had hoped he would be able to enroll at NC State for the spring semester, but academically he was one class short.
"I have to take another Spanish course, so I'm going to enroll in May," said Vermiglio. "I don't have to go back to Milford, but I'm going to be able to take a correspondence course here at home.
"My commitment is solid. I'm signing with NC State in February. I'm not taking anymore visits."
Vermiglio stated that he didn't talk much with the NC State coaching staff about having the chance to play as a true freshman.
"We didn't really talk about playing time," he said. "I know they had two senior tackles that graduated, and the returning tackles are young so I'm just going to go in and try to compete."
A versatile athlete, Vermiglio also played basketball and hockey on the high school level. He chose NC State over offers from Eastern Michigan, Toledo, Buffalo, and Ohio.
Pack Pride will have more on Jake Vermiglio in the near future so stay tuned!