NC State will look to add at least one quarterback in the class of 2009 and they’re keeping a close eye on Bowling Green (Oh) High School standout Aaron Mershman. A starter since the end of his freshman season, Mershman has attracted the attention of several schools and will be looking towards the summer camp season to land his first scholarship offer.
At 6-3, 200 pounds and boasting 4.7-second speed in the 40-yard dash, Mershman put together a solid junior campaign. On the year he completed 109 of 208 for 1,466 yards and 13touchdowns while rushing for an additional 370 yards and six scores. He finished off the year with all-district, all-county and all-league honorable mention.
So far, Mershman has earned early interest from Iowa, Virginia, Illinois, Central Michigan, Miami (Ohio), Cincinnati, Ball State and NC State.
The rising senior told Pack Pride that the Wolfpack has maintained steady contact with him and is looking forward to him camping at State leter this year.
“I’ve been in touch with coach (Don) Horton,” said Mershman. “I talked with him on the phone sometime last month just to talk about their invitation for me to come to junior day and the spring game. That’s a pretty big commit coming all the way from Ohio so I wanted to know what their interest level was. Coach Horton seemed interested and told me I just needed to come down and throw for them and they’d have a little better idea.”
Mershman said that he’s looking forward to the trip to North Carolina and plans to use that time to camp at several programs within the state.
“We already have it planned out where I’m going to come down and camp at the schools in North Carolina because coach Horton suggested that,” said Mershman. “I’m probably going to do one day camps and I’m really looking forward to that. I’m probably going to hit all the ones in North Carolina and then hit Vanderbilt because I got some stuff from them.”
While he’s looking forward to seeing the Wolfpack football program up close, Mershman said he likes the history of the program and even boasts an interesting connection to head coach Tom O’Brien.
“My principal actually played for coach O’Brien at Navy so I hear the stories about how tough coach O’Brien is,” he said. “I’m really interested in seeing their campus and seeing what programs they have to offer. They’re obviously an elite football program and it would be a heck of an opportunity to play down there.”
While still early, Mershman said he has an early top five of Central Michigan, Bowling Green, Miami (Ohio), Army and NC State.
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