Pack Expressing Interest in Toerner

There are currently no fewer than nine prospects from the state of Ohio reporting scholarship offers from NC State, proof that the Wolfpack is making the Buckeye State a priority on the recruiting trail.

There are currently no fewer than nine prospects from the state of Ohio reporting scholarship offers from NC State. While the Pack boasts just one player from the Buckeye State on it’s roster (freshman DL Jeff Rieskamp), it’s clear that the staff is determined to make that region a regular stop on the recruiting trail.

Although he doesn’t have an NC State offer just yet, QB Zach Toerner from Badin High School is another Ohio standout who has landed heavy interest from the Pack during the early stages of recruiting for the class of 2009.

On film, Toerner impresses with his size, poise in the pocket and placement of his passes. Although he’s yet to garner his first scholarship offer, the rising senior has caught the early interest on Wolfpack offensive line coach Don Horton.

“The interest from NC State has been picking up a lot lately,” said Toerner. “I’ve been getting a lot of handwritten stuff lately and actually, my coach is friends with one of the coaches down there (Don Horton). He’s talked to him on the phone a couple of times about me. Coach Horton is supposed to be coming up to see me in a couple of weeks.

While he’s looking forward to learning more about the Wolfpack’s football program, Toerner likes the history of head coach Tom O’Brien and his success recruiting in the state of Ohio.

“I’ve heard all good things about State,” said Toerner. “I know that while they were at Boston College they always recruited a lot of guys from Cincinnati so that’s a big bonus just coming from this area. They’ve had a couple of bad years recently but they’ve always had a great program.”

At 6-4, 210 pounds with 4.85-second speed in the 40-yard dash, Toerner has attracted interest from a variety of schools including Cincinnati, Indiana, Toledo, Ohio and Eastern Michigan in addition to NC State. He feels as though picking up some offers is just a matter of time and Toerner said he feels the opportunity to work out for the college coaches this summer will go a long ways towards him reaching that goal

“I haven’t received any offers yet but my coach said I should be expecting to get some soon,” said Toerner. “He said he really expects me to get them over the summer because a lot of schools, they want to see me at their camp but once I get there, they’ll offer me.

“I think the camps are definitely going to be important for me. I feel like I’‘ve got to be in my best shape and really go out and put on a show to let the college coaches know what I can do.”

One of the stops Toerner plans to make is NC State.

“I’m planning to camp at State,” he said. “My dad wants to go down there for camp because we have someone that lives down there and I think he wants to go down there for the week. I’m also going to Ohio State for a camp and then going to Cincinnati, Toledo and Eastern Michigan’s for some one day camps.”

While he’s still evaluating his recruiting options, Toerner listed an early top five of NC State, Indiana, Toledo, Ohio and Eastern Michigan.

As a junior, Toerner passed for 2,600 yards and 31 touchdowns while chipping in an additional seven scores on the ground en route to all-conference, all-city, all-district and 2nd team all-state honors.

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