South Carolina DE Makes Trip to NC State

Defensive end Chris Billingslea from Ft. Mill (SC) High School was focused on the three schools when Pack Pride talked with him back during the summer.

Defensive end Chris Billingslea from Ft Mill (SC) High School was focused on the three schools when Pack Pride talked with him back during the summer. With the high school season half over, the senior defensive end said he's still being recruited the hardest by the same three programs.

"It's still Wake Forest, NC State and South Carolina," said Billingslea. "Out of those, I would say NC State and Wake Forest are probably showing me the most interest. They've said they want to see more of my senior film before they decide on an offer.

After finishing off his junior season 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, Billingslea has picked up right where he left off in 2006.

Through a 5-1 start at Ft Mill, Billingslea had tallied roughly 55 tackles, eight sacks and one forced fumble. He's even had a chance to play a little offense and has scored one touchdown as a tight end.

That production has been enough to keep the 6-4, 220 pound defender on NC State's radar and they invited him up for their recent game with Louisville. Billingslea talked about the trip.

"Well, I've been there a lot over the summer and got a good feel for the atmosphere there at State," he said. "I'm really impressed with the coaches. They're nice and I know they're also good coaches from going to their camp. I just have a good feeling about them."

Wolfpack tight end's coach Jim Bridge is heading up Billingslea's recruiting and he continues to leave a positive impression.

"Coach Bridge is very easy to talk to and get along with," he said. "He showed me around the facilities and I had a chance to talk with coach Willis a lot, too. One of my dad's best friends knows him and he's said a lot of good things about him."

In addition to his trip to NC State, Billingslea has also visited Wake Forest and plans to attend the South Carolina-Clemson game later in the year.

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