Glennon: 'State is the Best Fit for Me'

Chantilly (VA) Westfield quarterback Mike Glennon discusses his recent verbal commitment with Pack Pride.

After a spring unofficial visit to NC State, Mike Glennon started to feel that the Wolfpack would be a major contender for his services.

"The NC State coaches told me all along that of all the quarterbacks they've scouted the past few years, I remind them the most of Matt Ryan at Boston College," said Glennon. "He's done a great job there... he's going to be a first or second-round pick, and I wouldn't mind being that good in the future.

"I had a great time on my first visit down to NC State. I saw some of the campus and got to know the coaches. They explained their offer situation, and I felt like if I did a good job at their camp I would earn the offer."

In their first full recruiting year at NC State, Tom O'Brien and offensive coordinator Dana Bible chose to not extend a scholarship offer to any rising senior quarterback who did not attend one of the Wolfpack's two summer football camps. A host of quarterbacks headed to Raleigh looking to earn the offer, and Glennon feels he left an impression on the Pack's assistant coaches.

"Right when the last camp ended they texted me to call them, and I spoke with coach Bible, coach O'Brien, and coach Willis, my recruiting coach," said Glennon. "That's when they said they were offering me a scholarship, but they didn't want me to tell anyone until they had a chance to speak with some of the other quarterbacks first.

"Ever since I visited for camp, they were the standard."

"Coach Willis said that after I left camp all the staff was talking about me... talking about how good I looked. He said they were all very excited... I could tell he was excited."

Glennon didn't have much thinking to do because after his camp experience he knew NC State was where he wanted to go... it was just a matter of if the Wolfpack would offer.

"Ever since I visited for camp, they were the standard," said Glennon. "When I went on my other visits to Purdue, Michigan, and Michigan State, I was comparing them all to NC State. That's when I really knew it was the place for me.

"Until that camp, I really thought I was going to take at least a few official visits. After I visited there, I decided that if they offered me I was going to commit. I knew it was where I wanted to go."

Following the offer, Glennon started analyzing the situation. He turned off his cell phone and didn't field any calls from the media. He discussed his recruitment with his parents and his head coach before calling Wolfpack head coach Tom O'Brien back the day after receiving the offer to verbally commit.

"I talked with my coach, and he said he could tell that's where I wanted to go," Glennon said. "My parents were real excited. They really liked it down there when they went with me for camp, and right when we got in the car after that camp they said it was a good school for me.

"They love coach O'Brien with his honesty and what he brings to the table. They know he's going to improve the program, and make it a winner, so after we talked I called coach O'Brien and committed."

How did O'Brien respond when he received the call?

"He's really a man of few words, but I could tell he was excited," said Glennon. "He talked about how we're going to keep recruiting strong and land a big class."

With that, Mike Glennon's recruitment was over. He had landed scholarship offers from Virginia, Michigan, Michigan State, Florida State, Miami, and Purdue among others. Virginia Tech, where his brother is the starting quarterback, had also offered a scholarship. He called every school that had extended an offer to inform them of his decision.

"I'd say UVA and Michigan were after NC State," said Glennon. "UVA... I loved the coaches. They are great people. With Michigan, the tradition is unbelieveable. In the end I just felt NC State was the best fit for me.

"I'm going to try and help get some guys and hopefully make this the best recruiting class we can get."

"I don't think it was that hard for Virginia Tech because I think they had a feeling all along that I would be going elsewhere. It was was hard to tell them, but to be honest it was really harder to tell some of the other schools."

Glennon stated that he will now begin to prepare for his senior season and try to help the Wolfpack land a few more players. He has been talking some with Deion Walker and Andrew Wallace, and is already familiar with a few of the Wolfpack's commitments, particularly Raleigh (NC) Wakefield star T.J. Graham.

"They have some good commits already," said Glennon. "I know they got Brandon Barnes and T.J. Graham. T.J. was at camp with me and after that camp we came to an agreement with each other that if NC State offered us we were going to go there. T.J. knew that's where I was going for about a week because I had told him.

"We need to get some linemen now and get a few other players. I'm going to try and help get some guys and hopefully make this the best recruiting class we can get."

NC State will return all of the quarterbacks on roster next season, but Glennon is confident that he can go in and compete for playing time.

"Watching their offense, what I do best they do best," he said. "I don't think there is a better offense out there than NC State. I think State is the best fit for me.

"I feel like I'm what they want at quarterback. I think that if I can get big enough and learn the offense, I could defintely go in there and compete right away."

"I'm definitely going to NC State," Glennon added. "Next up for me is the Elite 11 in a couple of weeks and then the season starts."


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