Continuing with their theme of identifying talent before other schools, NC State was the first to jump on CB Gary Grant from Krop High School in Miami, Fla. As has been the case with several prospects, it didn't take long for other schools to up the ante once a player was in the boat with the Wolfpack.
This past weekend, the 6-0, 190 pound defensive back made his official visit to NC State and solidified his decision to run with the Pack. He talked with pack Pride about the trip in this Q&A.
Pack Pride: Being a guy from south Florida, were you a little surprised to see snow when you got to Raleigh last weekend?
"It was a big shock. I had never seen snow before. Actually, I was kind of excited to see it. I was really liking it."
Pack Pride: How was your trip up to NC State?
"Man, it was tough. The first flight got cancelled. So I had to catch a flight from Dallas to Raleigh and I didn't end up getting in until midnight. So they showed me around a little bit that night and then I went to the hotel. I got up the next morning, had breakfast and then met up with coach O'Brien, coach Archer and coach Reed. I just had a great time out there."
Pack Pride: Can you recap how your visit to NC State went?
"My visit went really well. I loved the facilities they have, the field and the people around there care about you. And the coaches, coach Reed, coach Archer and coach O'Brien, we talked and just the whole thing about me being able to come in as a freshman and compete and try to get playing time, that was definitely the highlight of my visit."
Pack Pride: Who hosted you on your visit?
"No. 29, Jamelle Eugene."
Pack Pride: You hadn't visited State before this visit so did it help solidify your decision to commit to NC State?
"I'm really excited and definitely signing on the dotted line with NC State."
Pack Pride: Are there any other schools still pursuing you?
"Miami is still coming after me and UNC is still coming after me. Both of them have been coming after me to try to get me to visit."
Pack Pride: Are you planning to visit either one?
"Right now I'm not planning to visit them because I'm a man of my word. I don't want to visit somewhere that might cause me to have mixed thoughts about liking one school over another school. NC State blew my mind away. They were the first school to come at me. UNC was recruiting me too but they slacked off but NC State stayed there. Like UNC had a guy that they were recruiting but they missed on him so then they were coming to get me and I really wasn't liking that. So I'm really sticking with NC State."
Grant tallied better than 40 tackles and four interceptions as a senior. He has been rated a two-star prospect and the No. 148 CB in the nation by Scout.com.