'09 Premier Prospect: TE Paul Carrezola

Pack Pride continues it's look at some of NC State's top targets for the class of 2009. Today we profile tight end Paul Carrezola.

TE Paul Carrezola

6-4, 250 pounds

Neshaminy High School, Langhorne, Pa

Potential Ranking: Carrezola is a potential three-star prospect when he is rated by Scout.com later in the year.

Junior Stats: As a junior, Carrezola had 18 receptions for 260 yards and two touchdowns.

The early word: Carrezola is the prototypical tight end who boasts great size, athleticism and catching ability. He is a solid blocker in the run game and nice target in the passing game. Carrezola also plays for one of the top high school programs in Pennsylvania.

Scholarship offers: NC State, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Iowa, Syracuse, Buffalo

Top Schools: Carrezola is not listing any favorites at the current time.

Timeline for a decision: While nothing appears set in stone, Carrezola could decide during the summer or sometime during the 2008 season. It doesn’t appear he’ll be a signing day decision.

Interesting side-note: Carrezola plans to major in business

NC State recruiting coach: NC State special team’s coach Jerry Petercuskie

NC State connections: The Wolfpack benefitted from Carrezola’s desire to visit as many schools as possible that had extended scholarship offers. His trip to State back in March established the Pack as a serious contender and their needs on the depth chart have to be a major selling point.

Behind the scenes: Although he’s not naming any favorites publically right now, it would appear Pittsburgh, NC State and Rutgers may possibly have a leg up. Because of familiarity and proximity to home, some believe PITT may ultimately prove the team to beat.

Wolfpack Visits: Carrezola visited for two days of spring practice a few weeks ago and it appeared that Pack impressed him with their organization at practice as well as the facilities. He is visiting several schools which means the recruiting waters could get muddy for State so it’s important that the Pack get him back on campus over the next couple of months. As of now we don’t know of any planned visits to Raleigh in the near term.


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