With senior DT DeMario Pressley set to graduate, the NC State coaches have targeted several prospects to help fill the void in 2008. One player that they've placed great emphasis on to fill that spot is Leroy Burgess from Georgia Military College in Milledgeville, Ga. At 6-1, 300 pounds, Burgess has the frame and talent to help State out immediately.
So far this season, he has helped Georgia Military to a 9-1 record while recording 26 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, five sacks and one forced fumble along the way. That production has led to scholarship offers from NC State, Ole Miss, Kansas State and Oklahoma State. With an official visit to Ole Miss already under his belt, Burgess made his second official visit to NC State this past weekend.
"It was great," said Burgess. "It was kind of a changing experience with NC State because I didn't know a lot about them but now I know a lot more. I would say I'm probably favoring them a little right now."
Burgess talked more about what stuck out on his trip to Raleigh.
"I mean, I loved them. I can contribute early. They have really grown on me. I know what direction they're going and I had a chance to get to know coach O'Brien and the other coaches."
Originally from Columbia, SC, Burgess added that location could be a factor for him down the road.
"Being closer to home could be a factor a little bit," he said. "I know my parents would be able to come to all my home games."
While Ole Miss had held the lead for Burgess' commitment previously, he has backed off that with the recent firing of head coach Ed Orgeron. However, Kansas State and Oklahoma State are still in the thick of the race.
"I couldn't really put my schools in any order right now," he said. "I know I do want to visit Kansas State and Oklahoma State before I make a decision."
Burgess was hosted on his official visit to NC State by sophomore DL Keith Willis Jr. He plans to graduate in December.