Stone Bridge (Ashburn, Va) DE Brian Slay was NC State’s first commitment for the class of 2009. Known for his tremendous work ethic and production on the football field, Slay selected the Pack over interest from Clemson, Virginia Tech, Maryland, Auburn and Virginia. Pack Pride talked with the three-star defensive tackle recently as he prepares for his senior season.
Brian, what have you been up to over the summer?
I’ve been working out. I did some summer school to get my grades right for this year. We just started practice about three weeks ago. We play our first game on August 29 against West Springfield. Their quarterback (Bryn Renner) is a UNC commit.
Tell me a little about Renner and how you guys plan to slow him down?
We know from last year playing him that he has a quick release. We’ve just got to mix up the coverage and get him to pump fake just like we did last year. They can’t really stop us up front so if we can get him to pump once, he’s going to run because our defensive front is going to be in the backfield.
You had a chance to camp at NC State over the summer. What were your impressions after having an opportunity to work with the coaches one on one?
I didn’t want to be anywhere else. I really don’t want to be anywhere else. Me and coach Willis really have a strong relationship now. I really liked the place and I just love it. I just can’t see myself playing anywhere else.
You have a couple of teammates (Zach Thompson and Mike Olson) that have committed to Wake Forest. Is there any ribbing that goes on between you guys about your college choices?
Every now and then there might be some words but this senior season is more important to us right now but after that, I can guarantee there will be a lot of talking back and forth.
Where will you be lining up this year?
We run a 3-5 so I’ll be playing defensive end but I know for a fact when I go down to NC State next year I’ll be playing tackle.
Is that the position you were hoping to play in college?
I wasn’t expecting to play end and I wanted to play defensive tackle.
Has there been anything you’ve been working on to try to improve on for senior season and then the transition to college?
I’ve been working on everything because there’s no such thing as perfect. So I’ve been working on everything just to get better all around. I’ve worked on every aspect of my game so I can be a better player.
You mentioned taking some summer school courses. Are you working towards graduating early or just trying to stay ahead with your academics?
I’m just trying to stay ahead because in Virginia you have to do a special program in order to enroll in college early. I’ve heard stories about people not being able to make it through that program so I’m going to go with the flow, finish high school and come down to NC State next July.
Any plans to attend some of NC State’s games this year?
I’m planning to come down to three or four games this year. Once the times are put out, I’m going to sit down with my mom and figure out which ones we’re coming to.
Scouting Report: "Lining up at defensive end for Stone Bridge High School, Brian Slay is a high-intensity player who excels at making plays in the opposing team's backfield. He is quick at the point of attack and his size and strength allow him to manhandle offensive linemen on the high school level. He does a great job of shedding blocks and routinely beats the linemen across from him.
"Slay is explosive out of his stance and gets from point A to point B in a hurry. He moves well and is agile given his size but will likely be destined for defensive tackle in college where he could shine. Slay also plays with quite a bit of fire and emotion. As he matures and develops, Slay has the potential to develop into a solid defensive lineman for NC State down the road." - Pack Pride Recruiting Analyst Steve Williams
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