NC State has made a concerted effort this spring to establish the Pack as a player on the recruiting scene in the state of Ohio. The Wolfpack coaches were rewarded last Friday with a verbal commitment from LB Ryan Cheek from Lancaster (OH) High School. Cheek’s pledge gave State their third verbal commitment for the class of 2009.
With scholarship offers on the table from Cincinnati, Maryland, Ohio, Kent State, Akron, E Michigan and Marshall, Cheek decided Raleigh would be his collegiate destination after making his third visit to NC State a little over a week ago. That trip and his fondness for the coaches and players at State were enough to put the Pack over the top.
“Well I was down there over the weekend and we had spent the whole weekend in North Carolina,” said Cheek. “We made another visit to State and it just felt like home so I decided I was ready to commit. We got to visit State for a couple hours.
“But really, just the whole thing sold me on NC State. They have a great coaching staff and then being around some of the players, they seemed like guys I could get along with.”
After visiting the state several years ago, Cheek said he felt that North Carolina was definitely a place where he would like to start his college career.
“Even if I weren’t playing football, I would have liked to go to college at NC State,” he said. “The first time I went to North Carolina three years ago for my family reunion, I just fell in love with the state overall. So I knew I wanted to go to school down there anyway and when I went there on my first visit, I just loved it.”
Doubling at linebacker and part time as the QB for Lancaster, Cheek tallied 88 tackles, 2.5 sacks and two interceptions on defense en route to all-district, all-conference and all-state honors as a junior. Because of that output and potential for the next level, Cheek seemingly picked up a new offer every week during the spring evaluation period. The rising senior admitted that all the attention became overwhelming at times which made the decision to go ahead and get recruiting behind him an easy choice.
“I was definitely ready to get the decision behind me,” he said. “I was constantly talking about who I was gonna have to call or who I would have to send a letter to or send an e-mail to so now I’m set for the next year or so.”
While commits and de-commits have seemingly become a common occurrence on the recruiting landscape, Cheek said that Wolfpack fans won’t have to worry about him straying from NC State.
“I made sure once I verbally committed that once I gave my word, I wasn’t going to take it back so im done with recruiting.”
Cheek plans to major in Education in college. He is being recruited to play either inside or outside linebacker for NC State. Cheek is currently rated a three-star prospect and the No. 31 middle linebacker in the nation by Scout.com.