Chantilly (VA) Westfield and NC State commitment Mike Glennon is doing a weekly diary for Pack Pride.com that will focus on his senior season. In Glennon's second entry he discusses a surprise visit to NC State, his opening scrimmage, and much more!
Saturday, August 11 (11:40 P.M.)
So last night I sat down and started looking at NC State's practice schedule and realized today may be the only day I would be able to get to a practice all summer.
So I quickly called my coach to see if I could leave practice right when it ended so I could head down to Raleigh. He says its ok so I call Coach Willis to let him know. I have an 8 o'clock practice that ends at 10:30, drive home take a shower, and next thing I know I'm in the car with my dad headed down to watch State's practice.
Luckily for me, I didn't have to drive so I slept a lot of the way. Then I'm about 20 minutes away from campus, and I get a call from T.J. Graham. "Mike, man come pick me up, my dad can't drive me to practice."
"I'm about 20 minutes away
from campus, and I get
a call from T.J. Graham."
I'm thinking to myself, this man thinks I know how to get his house when I've been down to Raleigh two times in my life [Laughing]. But I finally find his house after sitting on the phone with him for 30 minutes and me looking at a map of North Carolina.
We both had a real good time at the practice and started to pick up some of the stuff they were trying to do. Just about every coach came up to me and said congratulations and welcome to the family. After watching a practice, and seeing the plays they run in person, it gets me more excited because their system is more-and-more like the system I run at Westfield. One of the bootleg plays they ran today, we just put in the exact same play today with the same routes and everything. Basically I have wheels now and my coach wants to do more rollouts with me.
Coach O'Brien took me down to the tunnel where they just painted it today all black and are going to make it look like a cave. I had a great time down at practice and can't wait to get down for a game. About 30 hours ago I had no idea that my Saturday was going to turn into almost nine hours of driving and three hours at NC State to watch a practice, but needless to say it was a great trip.
Tuesday, August 14 (4:45 P.M.)
We have our first scrimmage on Friday night against DeMatha. I saw in one poll they were No. 3 in the nation, so if that'ss the truth I think we have the potential to be the No. 2 team in the nation.
We just watched the film from when we scrimmaged them last year, and it was sloppy. I was missing receivers, receivers were dropping passes... it was just a mess and we still tied them. If we do what we've been taught, we can easily beat them, but if we get sloppy again they have the athletes that will capitalize on our mistakes. I don't know a whole lot of personnel with them, but I know they are a similar to us... most of their players are returning starters so it is supposed to be one of the best DeMatha teams in a long time.
"They have the big-time
receiver in Kenny Tate."
I've been going against our defense for a couple years now and usually I've been able to pick them apart but this year it's been a lot better competition and actually they've been beating up on the offense a little bit so I think they'll do a fine job against their offense.
On DeMatha's defense I know they have a good secondary. I saw both of their corners or safeties, not sure of what position they are, but I used to see them around different colleges a lot. Actually I was with Jonathan Mason at the Maryland Spring Game, and he said he was going to camp at NC State. I never found out how that went, but he was a real nice kid and I hope we're still showing some interest.
So in the secondary I know they have him and then Rodney McLeod who is committed to UVA. I heard this kid can fly. So I nave my work cut out for me, but I think the only people that can stop us is ourselves.
Well, thats just a little game preview of our scrimmage on Friday. Supposely they are ranked No. 1 in the Washington Post, and we are No. 2 so we'll find out if the rankings are correct.
With NC State, I'm going to try and call Coach Willis in the next day or so to find out how things are going, and I'll let you know what he has to say.
"This week of practice
has been a little bit easier."
This week of practice has been a little bit easier. The coaches have been giving our bodies a little more rest and also want us ready for our scrimmage tomorrow. I think we're ready to play against Dematha and it should be a lot of fun.
I haven't had a chance to call Coach Willis this week so I'm going to try to get ahold of him tonight.
Other than that not much is going on up here in Centreville. I'll give the full scrimmage report next week to let you know how it went.