Unofficial visits have been a major part of the NC State recruiting effort over the last two months. The Pack has hosted literally dozens of prospects since March and have made in-roads with several major prospects that have made the trip to Raleigh in the early stages of recruiting. One key target that has actually made two visits to State so far this spring is LB Ryan Cheek from Lancaster (OH) High School. Those trips have helped establish the Wolfpack as a major player for Cheek’s commitment.
At 6-1, 230 pounds, Cheek has emerged as one of Ohio’s top linebacker prospects. Last season he tallied 88 tackles, 2.5 sacks and two interceptions en route to all-conference, all-district and all-state honors. When he wasn’t making plays on defense, Cheek lined up at QB in certain situations and had his best game as a junior against Kilbourne High School when he rushed for 140 yards and three scores. This coming season, Cheek will play full time at both linebacker and quarterback.
Recruited primarily as a linebacker for college, Cheek has landed early offers from NC State, Cincinnati, Maryland, Akron and Kent. The rising senior made his way to Raleigh for a spring practice several weeks ago and was back in town this past weekend for the Red-White game. Cheek said State’s facilities and staff have been impressive.
“The first thing that really stuck out with NC State was the football facilities,” said Cheek. “That really stuck out. And then the coaches, I really like the coaches. The spring game was great. The hail Mary at the end was pretty cool. I just liked watching how the coaches interact with the players and then I had a chance to be around the players which was most important, just to see if you like being around the players.”
Cheek is being recruited by NC State OL coach Don Horton but had a chance to spend some time with his potential future position coach, Andy McCollum, while on his initial trip to State.
“Me and my dad, the first time we went down, we went in coach McCollum’s office and probably talked for 45 minutes to an hour,” said Cheek. “He seemed like a great guy to be around as a coach and a great role model.”
Cheek said he plans to attend some college camps this summer but the only one he knows he’ll definitely attend is NC State’s.
That should further help the Pack’s chances as they have solidified themselves as one of Cheek’s top schools.
“My top three, in no order is Maryland, NC State and Cincinnati.”
Cheek is fully qualified and plans to make a decision prior to his senior season.