Defensive end Bernardo Nunez hasn't spent much time around the NC State football program but he already knows a good deal about the Wolfpack's recent history and current coaching staff. The 6-2, 220 pound athletic end from Hoboken, N.J., is intrigued by what NC State could do for him.
Nunez told PackPride.com in a recent interview that he is interested in schools like Oklahoma, NC State, East Carolina, Pittsburgh, Maryland, East Carolina and Virginia, in no particular order. He's currently playing on both offense and defense for Hoboken and his versatility, along with his athleticism, is partly what makes him such an attractive prospect.
Nunez said most schools are recruiting him as a jumbo athlete with the potential to play either outside linebacker or defensive end at the college level, but that NC State likes him as a defensive end. In recent interviews he has mentioned Mario Williams' development in Raleigh as something that makes the Wolfpack attractive. He thinks the current coaches for the Pack can help him like they helped another current NFL player.
"I know NC State has a big win or two," Nunez said. "I think they lost last Saturday by like a touchdown so that's not bad. Their staff is mostly from Boston College and I know one of their players, Mathias Kiwanuka, is in the NFL and lives around my area. He's been telling me about their staff and how they guided him to the NFL.
"He said they just worked him so hard. I noticed they left BC and now they're at State. Maybe if I go down there I'll be in a position like he was in. They did it for him, maybe they can do it for me."
Nunez said he does not currently have any favorites, nor has he set up any official visits.
"I'll probably set up most of my official visits for towards the end of the season," he explained. "I'm not sure exactly where or when I'll be taking them."
Nunez is rated a three-star prospect and the No. 40 defensive end in the nation by Scout.com.