Glennon: 'It Was a Great Experience'

Chantilly (VA) Westfield star quarterback Mike Glennon's visit to NC State even exceeded his own expectations.

"It was even better than I thought it would be," Mike Glennon told Pack Pride. "The biggest thing for me is that I was able to get to know all of the players on the team better.

"With the way I committed and being out-of-state, I didn't really get to know any of them before this trip. It was a great experience for me because I got to hang out with the guys... all of the guys I'm going to spend the next four or five years of my life with."

Hosting Glennon was Wolfpack rising sophomore quarterback Justin Burke.

"He's such a nice guy," said Glennon. "Man, he's almost too nice, but it was great because he's a quarterback and I'm a quarterback and he was very accepting of me.

"He did a good job of showing me everything and I was impressed with it all after talking with him. I think he's going to graduate in two-and-a-half years. He has it together."

Joining Glennon in Raleigh was a host of Wolfpack commitments. Which did he spend the most time with?

"I probably spent the most time with Andrew Wallace," he said. "We hung out with a lot of the guys on the team. His host was Henry [Lawson], and we all hung out... it was mainly us, Audie Cole, J.R. Sweezy... all of them are cool to hang around.

"We all have full trust
in coach O'Brien."

"With the recruits though, it was probably me and Andrew. I also hung out at the College Inn some with Brandon Barnes.... I already knew him from the Under Armour game."

What might have impressed Glennon the most was how familiar the current players were with him.

"It seemed like every player I talked to came up and was accepting of me," he said. "All of them were cool and kept saying how they were looking forward to having me on the team.

"The crazy thing was how many of them talked about how I played in the Under Armour Bowl. I really appreciated that... I didn't think the college players would be watching a game like that."

Before concluding his visit he met with Wolfpack offensive coordinator Dana Bible.

"When I met with coach Bible we started right away talking about the offense... the basic stuff," said Glennon. "We watched some film and I just kept realizing how similar the offense is to what I've ran at Westfield.

"It seemed like what I wasn't familiar with from high school I got to work on some at the Under Armour Bowl... the different packages. I think that game really benefitted me because it helped with a lot of the terminology I might be hearing when I get into college."

Glennon and his family's final meeting came with NC State head coach Tom O'Brien. O'Brien let them know that he will play the best available quarterback in 2007.

"Coach O'Brien just told me to come in and compete," said Glennon. "Come in and try to win the job. He said the best player is going to play... he said age isn't going to matter because they are going to play the best player. I think we both feel like I wouldn't play if it was just going to be for a few snaps here or there. If that was the situation, I imagine that I'd redshirt.

"I feel really comfortable with him and the staff. We all have full trust in coach O'Brien. I know that he's not going to put me in there if I'm not ready to play. I'm just going to go in and compete as hard as I can and let the coaches decide what is best. I feel they are going to do what's best for the team and for me."

In leading Westfield to its second consecutive unbeaten regular season, the Virginia AAA Division 6 title and what is believed to be the first 15-0 record in state history, Glennon completed 171-of-265 passes for 2,557 yards and 32 touchdowns with just seven interceptions. He also ran for six scores. The 32 touchdown passes are the 11th-best single-season total in state history.

For his efforts, Glennon was named Virginia Gatorade Player of the Year, AP State Player of the Year, and first-team All-State.

He is rated a four-star prospect and the No. 5 quarterback in the country by

QB #7 Mike Glennon - Deep Passes - Video 1 -

QB #7 Mike Glennon - Deep Passes - Video 2 -

QB #7 Mike Glennon - Deep Passes - Video 3 -

QB #7 Mike Glennon - Short Passes - Video 4 -

QB #7 Mike Glennon - Short Passes - Video 5 -

QB #7 Mike Glennon - Short Passes - Video 6 -

NOTE: Make sure you have the latest version of Adobe Flash Player. Click here for the Free Download of Flash.

Pack Pride Top Stories