The Wolfpack hosted better than 30 prospects at their recent junior day and many came away raving about the NC State coaches and their program. However, perhaps no one came away more impressed than Lake Taylor (Norfolk, Va) High School’s linebacker Mike Privott.
After recording better than 130 tackles and four sacks as a junior, the awards came by the truckload in the post-season for Privott. He was named all-district and district defensive player of the year. Privott also landed all-tidewater honors and was selected to the all-state second team.
At 5-11, 225 pounds, Privott doesn’t have prototypical size but that hasn’t prevented early scholarship offers from NC State, Maryland, North Carolina, Louisville, Connecticut and Penn State as well as interest from Clemson, West Virginia, Colorado, Notre Dame and Alabama.
With the Pack recruiting Privott as a middle linebacker, the rising senior had a chance to attend his second junior day at NC State. He admitted that his visit this year was much more enjoyable.
“NC State was a great, great experience,” said Privott. “I went up there last year for junior day but this time was a much better experience. I had a chance to talk to coach Tom O’Brien and that was very nice. It was one of the best experiences of my life. The campus was so nice and I had a chance to talk to some of the players. They were telling me it was a great school, and I really enjoyed it. And after I talked to my family, they told me to go for what I want, so at this point, I’m not really certain but they’re very high on my list.”
Defensive line coach Keith Willis has been extremely active for NC State on the recruiting trail this year and he’s leading the Pack’s charge with Privott.
“Coach Willis has been recruiting me and he’s been a great recruiter,” said Privott. “He’s very honest and upfront and told me about some things that can help me a lot- not just about his school but about what to consider with other schools as well. He’s really been helpful for me.”
Rated a three-star prospect and the No. 21 middle linebacker in the country by Scout.com, Privott isn’t planning to draw out his recruiting. He has a couple of visits planned and a decision could come later this summer or early next fall.
“At first I thought I was going to be done with my visits but I think I’ll be going to Louisville for a visit. I’ll be down at State for camp this summer and I’ll be going to a Nike camp on May 2nd so I’ll visit Carolina then. So after those visits I think I’ll be done with my recruiting and ready to make my decision.”
Headed into those trips it appears State has positioned itself well.
“Right now I’m very interested in NC State,” he said. “So it’s NC State, Maryland, Louisville, Tennessee and North Carolina.”*****
Norfolk (Va.) Lake Taylor middle linebacker Mike Privott can talk with the best of them, but he backs it up. He talks more to inspire his teammates than he does to show up an opposition.
On Sunday, at the Badger Sport/New Level Athletics Skills Pass Camp, Privott was the inspirational leader of his Virginia team. Privott has his critics, partly because of his height (5-11), but what he lacks in size he more than makes up for in heart. Privott gives everything on the field and is very athletic. He looks very solid in coverage.
Privott did have one moment he'd probably like to forget though. He was on the receiving end of a Tavon Austin juke that almost faked him out of his shoes. Privott wasn't alone, because Austin does that to a lot of people.
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