While it is unknown whether NC State has extended an offer to any fullback prospects, it is clear that the Wolfpack coaches are recruiting the position. One player they're keeping a close eye on is Eric Hitch from First Colonial High School in Virginia Beach, Va.
At 6-1, 220 pounds and boasting 4.75-second speed in the 40-yard dash, Hitch is a load at the fullback spot and has been the lead blocker for Virginia Tech commitment Tony Gregory. As a junior, Hitch recorded approximately 450 yards and four touchdowns on the ground en route to all-district honorable mention as a running back.
The Pack took notice of Hitch back during the spring with NC State defensive line coach Keith Willis making a call to express the Wolfpack's interest as well as to request the senior back's transcripts. Hitch made his first visit to Carter-Finley stadium this past weekend and came away impressed.
"I loved that stadium," said Hitch. "It was real nice down there and they have a great fan base. I mean, the place was packed. It was a really good visit."
While at NC State, Hitch had a chance to talk with several of the coaches and find out where he stands in regards to a potential Wolfpack offer.
"I was able to talk to coach O'Brien and the running back's coach, coach Swepson," he said. "I spent some time with my recruiting coach, coach Willis and he said he was pushing for me to get a scholarship but they still want to see some of my senior film."
In addition to NC State, Hitch is receiving interest from Maryland, Tennessee, Clemson, Connecticut and Virginia. He listed three programs he has out front currently.
"In no particular order I like NC State, Maryland and Clemson," he said. " I'm hoping to take a trip down to Clemson."
Should one of his top schools offer, Hitch says he's in no hurry to rush to a decision.
"I want to wait until after the season, visit some schools and then see how it goes," said Hitch.