It is no secret that NC State struggled at times with their punting in 2007. The Pack finished sixth in the ACC with a 36.7-yard punting average. It would appear that the Wolfpack coaching staff has set out to address that position as they plan to offer a punter for the class of 2009. One player they’ll be keeping a close eye during camp in a couple of weeks is Alex Wulfeck from the Bolles School in Jacksonville, Fla.
At 5-9, 180 pounds, Wulfeck averaged 41 yards per punt as a junior with a long of 52 yards en route to all-district honors. He is considered one of the top punters in the nation and has entertained interest from the likes of NC State, Clemson, Cincinnati, Iowa State, Wake Forest and LSU among others.
Camps are especially critical for punters trying to land an offer and that will be the case for Wulfeck. He talked a little about what the coaches are looking for during the workouts.
“They’re looking for a punter that they can use as a weapon,” he said. “They want a guy that can pin a team inside the 20 and they also want a guy that if you’re backed up to your own endzone, he can kick it 60 or 70 yards and get them out of that situation. Another part is he can pin a good returner against the sidelines and I think that’s what they’re looking for. That’s basically what I do and all my punts on my highlight tape are me directionally kicking .”
This past weekend Wulfeck camped at Wake Forest and the Deacs have been one of the major players for the rising senior for several months. Wulfeck said he felt he performed well with the hopes of landing his first scholarship offer.
“My camp at Wake Forest went extremely well,” said Wulfeck. “I kicked the heck out of the ball. When I was leaving coach Grobe to me to give him a call tomorrow. So I’ll do that and hopefully I’ll get something. But I’m still excited about being able to go up and work out at State and hopefully become a part of the Wolfpack.”
Despite the interest in NC State, Wulfeck admitted it would be hard to turn down an offer from Wake Forest although he still plans to follow through with plans to camp at State in a couple of weeks.
“I would commit right there to Wake Forest because I really love it at Wake but I would still hit up NC State because they are my number one and number two choices.”
Wulfeck has been offered a gray shirt from Iowa State and Clemson has talked to him about joining the Tigers as a preferred walk-on. However, Wulfeck has set his sights on earning a division one scholarship with NC State’s football camp looming on the horizon. He said he feels like NC State would be a perfect fit.
“They told me they’re going to offer a scholarship to a punter for the class of 2009,” he said. “So I would love to play for the Wolfpack. I’ve seen some of the message boards and the fans said I would be a fan favorite and I think that would be incredible to come play for the Wolfpack. I heard the facilities are top of the line. The stadium is top of the line. I just think it would be a good match for me.”
In addition to NC State, Wulfeck will be at Cincinnati this coming Friday and will also make stops at Iowa State, Kent State and possibly LSU.