Numerous prospects for the class of 2009 showed up at NC State’s football camp with the hopes of landing a Wolfpack scholarship. One of those that may have greatly improved his chances was TE Brian Slack from Archbishop Hoban High School in Akron, OH. The rising senior put together a solid workout and caught the eye of the Pack’s coaching staff.
At 6-5, 220 pounds, Slack boasts a solid frame and proved to have impressive pass-catching ability. While working out with Wolfpack TE coach Jim Bridge, he consistently made some nice receptions and came away feeling that he had put together one of his best workouts of the summer thus far.
“I felt like I did a real good job,” Slack told Pack Pride. “I think that was my best camp so far. I think my pass catching ability and route running was really good.”
After a junior season in which he collected 25 receptions for 320 yards en route to all-district and all-league honors, Slack has subsequently landed scholarship offers from Toledo, Ohio, Miami (Ohio) and Eastern Michigan. However, he is hoping to add offers from a couple of schools in particular over the coming weeks.
“I’d like Michigan State to come through (with an offer) and also NC State,” said Slack. “Those are my top choices right now.”
While the Spartans held an early advantage, the Wolfpack made a huge jump on Slack’s list after his visit to Raleigh. The Pack has ramped up it’s recruiting efforts in the state of Ohio and it appears Slack has emerged as a definite player to watch over the summer.
“Actually, Michigan State was my top choice but once I got down to NC State and had a chance to meet all the coaches and see all the facilities, that pretty much equaled everything out with them. I thought NC State was a great place and I could be a good fit there.
“They (NC State) wanted to see me at camp, like see my explosiveness on blocks and all that. So they told me to give them a call later and they’d let me know what’s going on with an offer.”
A couple of the main factors behind Slack’s interest in the Wolfpack centered around NC State’s facilities and his potential, future coach.
“They took us on a tour of the whole stadium and all the facilities and they were probably the nicest facilities I’ve seen so far,” he said. “I worked with coach Bridge the whole time. He was a great guy and a great coach. I liked everything he was teaching me and he seemed like a good guy.”
Slack has just one more camp planned and that’s a potential stop at Northwestern this month. As far as his recruiting goes, Slack is hoping to make an early decision.
“I’d like to get it out of the way before the season starts. I’d like to get back to my team and help them and just focus on my senior season.”
COACH QUOTE: "Brian has the ability to become a dominant tight end. He has excellent size and good speed. He has exceptional hands and can go up in a crowd and make a catch. He is a very good run blocker now with the potential of becoming a truly dominant one." -- Archbishop Hoban Head Coach Ralph Orsini
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