Every NC State fan that follows recruiting knows how important the linebacker spot is to the class of 2008 and the Pack took a major step forward in addressing those needs when they landed Milton (Fla) standout LB William Beasley back in June. The Wolfpack coaches jumped on him early and after a couple of unofficial visits, Beasley made his pledge to the Pack. This past weekend, Beasley took his official visit to State and that trip only served to solidify the three-star LB's commitment to the Wolfpack.
"I loved it," said Beasley. "Javon Walker hosted me and it was just as good as the first time I visited NC State. The thing that really impressed me was how they stress the academics. Other teams just put it out there as a front but you could really tell how serious coach O'Brien was about it. I really liked the way they haven't changed since my first time meeting them."
While NC State had a disappointing 5-7 record in 2007, a four game winning streak after a 1-5 start gave Pack fans hope for a turnaround in 2008. Beasley said there's no doubt in his mind that the future is extremely bright for Wolfpack football.
"I see nothing but success for NC State football," he said. "Coach O'Brien turned the team around midway through the season and he did that without having his recruiting class. I think once he gets his guys in we're going to do great."
What the Pack is getting is a solid, 6-2, 225 pound ‘backer with 4.65-second speed in the 40-yard dash. In 2007 he finished up his season with 135 tackles, three sacks, one interception and 17 tackles for loss en route to being named to the all-Northwest Florida team and all-area.
That production didn't go unnoticed by other colleges, specifically South Florida. The Bulls put on the full court press to try to sway Beasley to stay in Florida but he maintains he's solid to NC State.
"I'm solid," he said. "I'm all Wolfpack."
Beasley plans to start in the first year college program upon arriving at NC State.
Scouting Report: "William Beasley plays linebacker roles for his team both inside and outside depending on the scheme and does a good job maintaining his responsibilities for the team.
"A downhill player, Beasley loves to make plays behind the line of scrimmage. He could play in a 3-4 defense as an inside linebacker or, and probably a better fit, as a strongside linebacker in a 4-3 defense.
"Beasley sheds blockers well and a very physical player, though he has a high pad level often before the point of attack. He hits with strength and shows a lot of strength in his lower body. He is not great speed sideline-to-sideline, but has very good acceleration over five yards and makes up ground quickly. Beasley can make a play from the weakside with a good motor." -- Scout.com Recruiting Analyst Miller Safrit
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