NC State head coach Tom O'Brien and offensive line coach Don Horton earned a solid reputation for developing offensive linemen while at Boston College. They'll look to do the same with the Wolfpack and have targeted several potential linemen for the class of 2008. One promising player to earn an early scholarship offer from the Pack was Justin Lewis from Johnsonville (SC) High School.
At 6-4, 285 pounds, Lewis was a dominant force at offensive tackle for Johnsonville last year and helped lead his team to a 9-3 record en route to all-state honors. He also doubled as a defensive tackle but his future lies on the offensive line and the schools recruiting him like him as an offensive tackle on the next level. One of those schools is NC State and Lewis came away impressed with what he saw of the Wolfpack during junior day.
"I really liked the facilities at State," said Lewis. "I also liked the coaches a lot. Really, I liked the whole school. Coach Petercuskie (NC State recruiting coordinator and special team's coach Jerry Petercuskie) is recruiting me and they texted me after I left from my visit. They told me that they liked what they saw and they were offering me a scholarship. It was my first offer so I was really excited about getting that."
NC State isn't the only school hot on Lewis' trail as South Carolina, Clemson, UNC and Duke are also showing attention. For now, three schools sit at the top of Lewis' favorite's list.
"I like Clemson, South Carolina and NC State," he said. "Those would be my top three."
Lewis plans to return to NC State during the spring to catch a Wolfpack practice.
Lewis also particpates in track and basketball for Johnsonville.