While quite a bit has been written recently about NC State’s recruiting emphasis in the state of Ohio, the Pack has made inroads into the northeast as well. Led by NC State recruiting coordinator and special team’s coach Jerry Petercuskie, the Wolfpack has also targeted New Jersey as a prime recruiting region and have their sights set on several of the Garden State’s top players.
The fullback position figures to be a critical spot in head coach Tom O’Brien’s offensive philosophy and to help address the Pack’s lack of depth at the position, the Wolfpack recently offered a scholarship to two-way standout FB/LB Marcus Green from Scotch Plains (NJ) Fanwood High School.
At 6-2, 220 pounds and boasting 4.65-second speed in the 40-yard dash, Green was a standout at fullback- garnering eight touchdowns on the season while tallying close to 80 tackles from his linebacker spot. He finished off his senior season with all-county, all-conference and all-area honors.
As his recruiting has started to heat up, Green says he’s not quite sure just yet where he hopes to play once he arrives in college.
“Schools are probably recruiting me 50-50 for either offense or defense,” said Green. “I haven’t really decided which position I’d prefer in college yet but maybe after next season I’ll be closer to a decision on what I want to play.”
Green has landed early scholarship offers from NC State and Temple along with serious interest from Virginia, Syracuse, Penn State, Hofstra and Michigan State.
The Wolfpack’s offer came just recently and they like Green on the offensive side of the ball. The rising junior admits he doesn’t know a lot about the Wolfpack program just yet but he’s hoping to see NC State in person later this summer.
“State offered me about two weeks ago,” said Green. “They told me they like me at fullback. I don’t know too much about them right now but I’m planning to take a visit down there real soon. I’m hoping to learn a lot more about them on my visit. I don’t have a date set just yet and I need to talk to my father about it.”
While Green continues to evaluate all the schools expressing interest in his talents, he does have a few schools that have piqued his interest early in the recruiting year.
“I’ve definitely got a lot of interest in NC State and also Virginia is a school I have a lot of interest in,” he said. “Syracuse and probably Penn State are a couple more that I’m interested in.”
Green says that he’s in no rush to make a hasty decision and is content to ride the recruiting process out for a while to see just how many schools express interest.
“I would like to see how many teams get involved and then weight out my options. So, I’m not looking to make a decision right this minute.”