Based on the known names on the early NC State defensive end recruiting board, the Pack is being quite selective when targeting prospects for the class of 2008. One player State has shown considerable interest in so far is DE Chris Billingslea from Ft Mill (SC) High School.
"Coach Bridge (NC State tight ends coach Jim Bridge) called me and came by the school back in May," said Billingslea. "I came up for camp and as soon as I showed up I could just feel the good attitude there. All the coaches were impressive and they reminded me of my coaches here at my school.
"We got a chance to tour one of the dorms, saw the stadium and practice fields but we didn't get to see everything because we were there only one day."
Although at State for just one day, Billingslea was able to get in some in-depth workouts and had a chance to go up against one of North Carolina's top offensive linemen.
"While we were out there working out, they put me up against this lineman from Olympic High School (Andrew Wallace) that they said had 15 or 16 offers because they wanted to see what I could do. I beat him and afterwards, they told me they were impressed. Coach pointed out a few things I could touch up on.
"Right now they told me that they're impressed with me but they want me to send them some senior film after I've played three games."
Putting together some senior highlights shouldn't be a problem for the 6-4, 220 pound defensive end. As a junior he finished off the year with 118 tackles, 13 sacks, 18 tackles for loss, four forced fumbles and two blocked punts en route to all-area and all-county honors. In 2006, Billingslea was named area defensive lineman of the week five times.
As for recruiting, Billingslea currently lists NC State, Wake Forest and South Carolina as his top three and he's camped at each of those schools this summer. He maintains that all three programs are equal at this point although he feels the Deacs and Gamecocks are currently recruiting him the hardest.