Offensive lineman Mike Golder from Apex (NC) High School admitted to being a little nervous as he prepared for his official visit to NC State this past weekend. The 6-4, 285 pound all-conference lineman with 5.2-second speed in the 40-yard dash had been a Wolfpack commitment for four months and during that time had forged a solid relationship with the former staff at NC State. However, 48 hours with the new regime in Raleigh was all it took to put Golder's mind at ease as he waits to enroll at State next summer.
"My visit was awesome," said Golder. "We are so excited. I really can't put into words how I'm feeling about going to NC State. I must admit, I was a little nervous before the visit because I had really bonded with the old staff at State but these guys really feel like family and I can't wait to go there."
As is common on all official visits, there was plenty of food, time to go over academics and a tour of the facilities. However, one on one time with head coach Tom O'Brien and offensive line coach Don Horton were definite highlights of the trip for Golder.
"On Saturday I got to spend about 20 minutes with coach O'Brien before the Duke game and on Sunday I spent about 45 minutes with coach Horton.
"Coach Horton is really a funny guy. He doesn't say a lot but he's one of those people that, when he talks, you want to hear what he's got to say. He was telling me how everyone there is on the same page and has a plan for what they want to do. You can tell that the players are just as excited as I am because they want to see what they can accomplish. You can see that they're really buying in to the system."
Golder is rated as a two-star prospect by Scout.com.
SCOUTING REPORT: "Offensive lineman Mike Golder from Apex (NC) High School recently committed to NC State after receiving an offer from Wolfpack DE coach Todd Stroud. Lining up at left tackle for Apex, it is easy to see the potential that intrigued the Pack coaching staff. Golder is explosive out of his stance and his technique is much better than one would expect from junior film. He tends to keep his pad level low but the thing that really impressed us is that Golder never stops on a play. He's always moving on the field and seemingly never quits until the play is over. Golder also shows the ability to pull and we think offensive guard may be a likely destination for him once in college.
"He does play a little stiff but there's no question Golder has the potential to be a big contributor to the Wolfpack offensive line after being given two or three years to mature. Since Apex doesn't pass the ball frequently, he will also need some time to hone his pass blocking skills." -- Pack Pride Recruiting Analyst Steve Williams
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