While players like Mario Carter and Dwayne Allen have garnered much of the tight end conversation among Wolfpack fans, NC State has quietly built a solid relationship with one of Virginia's better kept secrets at the position.
At 6-3, 240 pounds and boasting 4.9-second speed in the 40-yard dash, Harry Kehs from James Madison School in Vienna, Va lines up as a tight end and defensive end. As a junior he registered 50 tackles and four sacks en route to all-district honors. Since his team is strictly a running team, Kehs primary role on offense was that of a blocker. Those skills caught the eye of Wolfpack DL coach Keith Willis and he was able to get Kehs on campus recently for the Wolfpack's football camp.
"I was really impressed with the whole thing when I was down there," said Kehs. "Obviously, the coaching staff is from Boston College and they just have a great tradition of academics and winning.
"I was able to work with coach Bridge for three days and I was so impressed with him. He was probably the best tight end coach I've seen so far. We got to see some of the facilities and the weight room was impressive. The stadium was nice and you can tell they have a great atmosphere there. Really, the whole trip was awesome."
Kehs has earned a scholarship to Air Force and is receiving interest from Cincinnati, Virginia, Navy and several others in addition to NC State. He said that landing an offer from the Pack may simply boil down to a case of the dominos falling in his favor.
"State has told me that they have a couple of big time tight end recruits they're waiting on and that I was third or fourth on the list," said Kehs. "Coach Willis told me that an offer could come tomorrow or it could be at the end of the season."
Kehs said that Air Force, NC State and Virginia comprise his top three with everyone being equal at this point. He's not planning on making a collegiate decision any time soon, however.
"I'm probably going to wait it out a while to see if State or Virginia offers," he said. "If I get an offer from State or Virginia, it would be a tough decision because Air Force offers such a good opportunity (education-wise) since I want to get into Pre-med, while it would also be nice to play in the ACC."