NC State has led the way for Milton (Fla) High School's William Beasley almost from the moment they first offered him a scholarship last March. The 6-2, 235 pound linebacker made a trip to State last week during the Wolfpack's football camp and that visit didn't do anything to hurt the Pack's chances.
"Yeah, I came up with a couple of my teammates," said Beasley. "I didn't work out but my teammates wanted me to come up and support them so that's what I did.
"I basically just hung out with coach McCollum and that was real cool. Because I got in late on my first visit, we didn't get a chance to tour everything. So coach McCollum, he took me around and showed me the weight room, locker room and all the coach's offices."
Beasley added that the camaraderie he's felt while at State has made an impression as well.
"I like the good vibes I get while I'm up there," he said. "I get along with the coaches and players and they all treat me like I'm family. Coach McCollum, he tells me I'm his free agent, I just don't know it yet."
Beasley has now accrued offers from NC State, Florida Atlantic, Southern Miss, Maryland, South Florida, Middle Tennessee State and Iowa State. As the number of offers has increased, so has the stress level according to Beasley.
"I really shouldn't let it bother me but sometimes the pressure of just making sure I make the right decision gets to me," he said. "When that happens, I talk to my cousin who went through the same process when he was in school. I've just got to sit down and write out my list. I just need to make sure I make the right decision. I've got a little bit of an idea of what I want to do."
That would seem to bode well for NC State should Beasley stay on his current course.
"State is still number one," he said. "I'm also considering Maryland, Southern Miss, South Florida and Central Florida."