"I just had that feeling," said Slay. "I was there and after talking with coach Willis I told him that I wanted to commit to NC State.
"He said that was great and to just take some more time and think about it because it's a big decision. I drove home with my family and thought about it some more and I knew that was what I wanted to do so I called the coaches today and committed officially to coach Willis. It's official now... I'll be playing at NC State."
The 6-foot-3, 255-pounder first burst on the scene as a sophomore at Kennesaw (GA) Harrison High School. In 2006, he earned all-county honors after recording 88 tackles and 10 sacks.
Slay turned some heads on the combine circuit last spring and summer, but a move by his family had him suiting up for Stone Bridge High School during his junior campaign. In his first season at Stone Bridge, Slay tallied 65 tackles and six sacks to help lead the Bulldogs to the Group AAA Division 5 state title.
Capable of sticking at defensive end or possibly growing into a defensive tackle, Slay stated that he was recruited to play defensive end by the Wolfpack.
NC State was the first school to offer him a scholarship, but he had been receiving heavy interest from Clemson, Auburn, Maryland, Georgia Tech, Virginia, and Virginia Tech among others.
"I really liked all the coaches there and I'm telling you the feeling I had when I got there was unreal," said Slay. "Their weightroom blew me away and everything was just great about it. My parents loved it and they are behind my decision.
"I just wanted to get the whole recruiting process over with so I can focus on my academics. I've visited other schools, and I've just not had this feeling. I know NC State is where I want to go to college. I'm glad it is already behind me."
Brian Slay is NC State's first known commitment in the 2009 class.
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