Pack Pride first introduced LB William Beasley from Milton (Fla) High School last week. The all-state ‘backer tallied 129 tackles, 13 tackles for loss and six sacks last season and has earned an early scholarship offer from the Pack. As promised, Beasley followed through on his visit to NC State this past weekend and it sounded like the visit couldn't have gone better.
"I loved every minute of it," said Beasley. "As soon as I pulled up on campus, they treated me like family and, to be honest, it was hard not to commit.
"When we got there, we went straight to coach O'Brien's office and talked to him. He wasn't really talking about committing. He was just talking about how they want to turn the program around and how they take care of their players."
Beasley also had a chance to take a look around NC State and he came away equally impressed.
"I really liked the players," he said. "I liked the location and the campus was nice. I could see myself playing there."
After weeks of text messages and letters, Beasley finally had a chance to meet his recruiting coach (LB coach Andy McCollum).
"Coach McCollum is a great guy," he said. "I finally got to meet him and he reminds me a lot of coach Hawkins that coaches here. He has a crazy attitude and just wants to get after it. I would love to play for him."
Beasley hinted last week that he may know a little more about his college favorites after his visit to NC State and that turned out to be in the Pack's favor after the visit on Saturday.
"My main four right now are NC State, Auburn, LSU and UCF," said Beasley. "But right now, I can say that NC State is my top school. They have a lot to offer."
One of the main factors in Beasley's decision will be academics. Although he didn't have time to check out NC State's business program- Beasley's preferred major- he did have a chance to speak with one of the academic advisors.
"I met one of the ladies that oversees the academics and she was very nice," said Beasley. "I didn't have a chance to look into my major too much. She was just basically telling me how they monitor how you're doing in class and how they make sure you stay on track."
For now, Beasley says he doesn't have any additional visits scheduled. He plans to see which schools stop by Milton during the evaluation period and he'll go from there.