Having moved from Boston College to NC State, it was expected that Wolfpack head coach Tom O'Brien and his staff would scour the northeast for talent- particularly along the offensive line. However, they've taken that recruiting region a step further and stepped across the border to take a look at one of Canada's top linemen. They recently initiated contact with OL Corey Watman from Huron Heights SS in Ontario, Canada and he talked with Pack Pride about his recruiting.
At 6-2, 275 pounds, Watman is relatively raw, having played organized football for just two years. However, he made quite a name for himself over the summer when he was named the offensive line MVP at the Nike Camp help at Penn State.
"That camp really proved to me that I could play with anyone in the country," said Watman. "I went down there with a teammate and when the one on ones came around, I got like 12 or 13 reps while some of the other guys didn't do any. I just wanted to be first in line for all of the events so I showed them that I wanted to compete."
This season for Huron Heights, Watman has doubled as an offensive lineman and middle linebacker. He also rotates at defensive tackle and has played a large role in his team's 5-0 start.
While NC State just recently started showing Watman attention, Eastern Michigan was actually the first school to jump on the bandwagon. The Eagles made a scholarship offer over the summer to Watman and teammate Kalven Selis and both wasted no time in jumping on the offer.
Despite the commitment to EMU, NC State has expressed interest and Watman indicated that he is listening.
"NC State has been in touch with me," said Watman. "They actually started sending me some letters a couple of weeks ago. They've talked to my coach and want me to send them some film.
"I'm definitely interested in them because I like the level of football they play down there. Eastern Michigan was the first school to offer me a scholarship and I committed to them but I'll definitely take a look at NC State."
Watman is being recruited as a center by NC State. Stay tuned for more on Watman from Pack Pride.