NC State hasn’t ventured often into Kansas for football players but did make a late addition from that state last year when they inked TE R.J. Armstrong from Butler County Community College in El Dorado, Ka. The Wolfpack coaches were back at Butler again this year with their eyes on junior college all-american OL Wade Weibert.
Weibert, at 6-5, 310 pounds, picked up an offer from Kansas State earlier in the year and NC State followed suit with an offer of their own in November. The four-star lineman according to Scout.com made his official visit to KSU last weekend and concluded his trips with a trek to Raleigh this past weekend. With two years of football eligibility left, Weibert talked with Pack Pride about his official visit to NC State after returning home.
“I got a chance to see the facilities and meet with the coaches,” said Weibert. “It was my first time meeting most of them face to face so it was nice to finally put some faces with names. The facilities were top notch and the coaching staff was just great.
“I had a chance to meet some of the players. A lot of them weren’t around because of exams but I was impressed with the ones that were there. You can tell they’re very optimistic about next year.”
With his visits complete, Weibert said he now has to decide where he’ll finish out his college career.
“I don’t know what I’m going to do right now,” he said. “It’s going to be a hard decision to make. I would have to say that the two schools are somewhat even right now but I’ll make my decision on Tuesday.”
With two choices on the table, Weibert talked about the main selling point for each school.
“With Kansas State, I grew up watching them and pulling for them,” he said. “Obviously, they’re in-state and I would be able to be involved with their program. They’ve had great tradition in year’s past and it would be nice to help continue that.”
“At NC State, the big thing I got out of there, and really with both programs is that I could play right away. But at State, they have the opportunity where I can come in and, since I’m an older guy, would know the drills and if I work hard, have a chance to play early. I sat down with coach Horton and we reviewed the drills they do and they’re just about the same as the ones we do at Butler. I think going in there, it would be my opportunity to be a leader.”
On paper, the biggest obstacle for State would appear to be the distance between Kansas and North Carolina. Weibert said that wouldn’t be the deciding factor.
“I’ve been away to college for a couple of years so it’s not a big factor for me,” he said. “It’s probably a bigger deal for a player coming out of high school but I’ve been through it before. However, I’d be lying if I said it wouldn’t be tough. I’ve got a girlfriend here and it would be tough for her and my family not being able to see me play. However, at the same time I know I have to do what is best for me so it won’t be the deciding factor.”