As much of the recruiting focus shifts to the rising seniors in the class of 2009, the players that signed with NC State last February are just weeks away from arriving in Raleigh. Pack Pride will catch up with several of the signees over the next several weeks to see what they’ve been up to since signing day as well as their plans once their career with the Pack begins. Today we talk with defensive tackle Leroy Burgess from Georgia Military.
Filling a major position of need for NC State, Burgess is a bulldozer of a defensive lineman at 6-1, 300 pounds. In 2007, Burgess recorded 24 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks and one interception that was returned for a touchdown. He selected NC State over Ole Miss, Kansas State and Oklahoma State.
Pack Pride: Leroy, when do you expect to be done at Georgia Military?
“I’m in classes now but I should be done in about two weeks. All my academics are good to go, though.”
Pack Pride: Have you got a date to report to NC State yet?
“I was talking to coach (Andy) McCollum and he said it’s possible by the end of this month.”
Pack Pride: How are you feeling about taking the step up to division one football?
“I’m excited. Just coming out of a military junior college, I’m ready to get the next part of my life started. I just want to get there and win games and if possible, win the ACC in these two years that I’m there.”
Pack Pride: Are you going in expecting to make big contributions in 2008?
“I’m looking to have a big year. Any junior college player coming in with two years wants to come in and make big plays. I’m just going to try to come in and work hard while I’m there.”
Pack Pride: You’ve had several months to soak in your decision to sign with NC State. How do you feel now about continuing your career with the Wolfpack?
“I’m looking forward to it. That’s one of the reasons why I signed with them was because of the turnaround I saw immediately so I’m just excited about it.”
Pack Pride: If you hadn’t committed to NC State, who would your second choice have been?
“I guess maybe, if they hadn’t fired coach Orgeron, Ole Miss.”
Pack Pride: Have you settled on a major yet?
Coach Quote #1: "LeRoy was a tremendous leader and pace setter on and off the field for us. He was driven and came to work every day to make himself and his team better." -- GMC head coach Bert Williams
Coach Quote #2: "LeRoy is a first-class guy that played with great tenacity and a bunch of guts. He is a great leader on and off the field that did whatever it took to get the job done." GMC defensive line coach Victor Cabral
Scouting Report: Burgess flashes explosiveness you won't find in many 6-foot-1, 300-pound defensive linemen. Quick enough to come off the edge as a defensive end and strong enough to play inside at nose guard, his versatility is a plus. He has abnormally long arms and uses his hands well to blow by opposing offensive linemen. A high-motor kid, Burgess plays until the whistle blows and shows that he can run plays down all over the field.
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