NC State may have landed one of Florida's best kept secrets Thursday evening when Milton (Fla) linebacker William Beasley pledged to the Wolfpack. The 6-2, 225 pounds ‘backer with 4.6-second speed had been a heavy lean to NC State for weeks but made his commitment official Thursday night with a call to Pack linebackers coach Andy McCollum.
"Yeah, I called coach McCollum last night and made it official," said Beasley. "I really loved it there and it was a great fit for me academically. I really like coach McCollum and he treated me like family. That was what I really liked was that they treated you more like family than making it seem like a business. I had a chance to talk to the players already there and they made me feel like I was already part of the team. I talked with some of the players committed this year and they were just like, c'mon and join us."
Beasley, Terrell Manning and Dwayne Maddox have been major targets for the Pack at LB and Beasley added that coach McCollum was thrilled to learn he had commits from two of those three prospects already.
"I could tell coach McCollum was happy and smiling ear to ear," he said. "He told me he was going to go out and celebrate."
The rising senior said he was happy to now have recruiting behind him so he can focus on his senior season.
"I'm through with it (recruiting)," he said. "It had got to be kind of stressful so I'm glad to have it out of the way. I know I made the right decision so now, I can just focus on my senior season. I'll be coming back for some visits to State and I'll be bringing my mom, dad, godparents and some other family members with me."
Beasley racked up 129 tackles, 13 tackles for loss and six sacks en route to all-area and 4A all-state honors as a junior. He chose the Wolfpack over offers from Maryland, Florida Atlantic, Southern Miss, South Florida, Middle Tennessee State and Iowa State.