Good: 'It Was An Easy Decision'

His commitment may have seemed to come out of nowhere, but Gaffney (SC) offensive lineman Denzelle Good has been on NC State's radar for several months.

His commitment may have seemed to come out of nowhere, but Gaffney (SC) offensive lineman Denzelle Good has been on NC State's radar for several months.

"They've been on me for a long time," said Good. "Coach Bridge was recruiting me for NC State. He kept telling me how much they liked me... I felt like they were going to offer me, but I didn't know when it would be."

After evaluating him in the spring, NC State invited Good to attend the Wolfpack's camp in June. His performance at the camp led to his eventual offer.

"I think I did pretty good at camp," said Good. "I only got beat once during one-on-one's, and the coaches told me they were impressed. They were talking about an offer, but I wasn't sure what they were waiting on."

Good's offer from NC State came on Monday afternoon, and he quickly accepted. Maryland had offered a month earlier and Virginia actually offered earlier in the day, but it didn't matter. Good knew where he wanted to go to college.

"Coach Bridge called my coach and told him that they needed to talk with me," said Good. "He asked my head coach to have me call them, so my coach called me and that's what I did.

"Coach Bridge said he was ready for me to join the Wolfpack and that they were offering me a scholarship. He asked if I was ready and I said yes. I committed to him right then. It was an easy decision for me."

After speaking with Bridge, NC State's tight ends coach, Good spent a few minutes talking with offensive line coach Don Horton and head coach Tom O'Brien.

"They were excited."

"They were excited," Good stated. "Coach Horton said that I'll play a big role for them on the offensive line. He didn't say where... he just said that he wants to coach me up and that he likes how I play.

"Coach O'Brien was great. He told me that now that I've committed to NC State I need to be the best player I can be because I was representing the Wolfpack. [Laughing] He said if I didn't then he was going to come down here and kick my butt."

As a junior, Good started every game for Gaffney, one of the top prep football programs in South Carolina.

He attended the Dorman (SC) Shrine Bowl Combine and was one of the more impressive linemen in attendance. Measuring in at 6'5.5 and 326 pounds, he posted a 5.23 40-yard dash, a 5.39 pro shuttle and repped 185 pounds 21 times.

He plays tackle for Gaffney, but he could end up at guard or tackle on the next level. NC State's coaching staff played a big role in Good's decision.

"I like their coaches," he said. "They are all nice and seem to know what they are doing. I went up to one of their practices, and I was really in to the school and football program.

"I'm looking to major in either graphic design or business, so I talked to the academic counselor, and she was telling me about the school and athletes. That's what got me interested."

With his college decision behind him, Good will now focus on his senior year while mixing in some visits to NC State.

"I think we're going to be good," he said. "We just need to go out and do it on the field.

"I'm going to try to get up to NC State soon for one of their practices, and I'll go to some games. I know my [official] visit will be sometime later this year."

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