Carrezola: 'I Liked Everything'

Next year NC State will have just four scholarship tight ends on its roster, and one is senior Anthony Hill so landing one, possibly two in the 2009 class appears to be a priority for the Wolfpack.

One prospect who has landed an early scholarship offer from NC State is Lanhorne (PA) Neshaminy tight end Paul Carrezola, and last week Carrezola and his family spent a couple of days in Raleigh visiting the Wolfpack.

"That visit was good," said Carrezola. "I liked everything there. The facilities are great, and the coaching staff at NC State is great. I liked meeting with coach O'Brien and getting to know the rest of the coaching staff.

"We were down there for a couple of days, and we got to watch their first spring practice. The thing that stood out to me about their practice was how organized it was. They moved in and out of the drills really quickly, and the players looked comfortable. The coaches covered everything at their practice, doing individual drills, working on all the teams. It was real organized, and they used all of their time really well."

Recruiting coordinator Jerry Petercuskie is recruiting Carrezola for the Wolfpack. At 6-foot-4 and 250 pounds, Carrezola recorded 18 receptions for 260 yards and two scores during his junior season. He helped lead Neshaminy to an 11-2 record and a spot in the District finals. What does Carrezola do on the football field that has impressed Petercuskie and the Wolfpack?

"They like how I'm a complete tight end," said Carrezola. "I think that's what they are looking for. They like how I can block, and they like my ball skills in the air. They use two tight ends a lot in their offense, and they said I could fit in as one of their tight ends catching the ball or blocking."

Interest is starting to rise in Carrezola. He has already landed offers from NC State, Pittsburgh, Buffalo and Syracuse, and Northwestern has indicated to him that they would like to offer as a defensive end should he be interested in playing on that side of the football. He is also being recruited by Boston College, Alabama, Iowa, and Rutgers.

Carrezola has visited some schools and has more trips coming in the near future.

"I went out to Pitt for Junior Day, and I've been to Rutgers a few times," he stated. "From being to places, the three that I know the most about are probably NC State, Rutgers, and Pitt and that's in no specific order. I'm thinking of going up to Syracuse and Buffalo soon, and I might fly out to Iowa later on."

Don't look for an early decision. Carrezola plans to take his time before committing to any program.

"I'm still wide open," he said. "My decision is going to be based on where I feel comfortable. I have a feeling I'm going to know where it's going to be and when that time comes I will commit.

Everything about the program has to be positive... the coaching staff must have everything under control."

Carrezola hasn't set any team camp plans but will attend the Penn State Nike Camp and one of the upcoming combines.

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