After an official visit to Hawaii just a week ago, it appeared New Mexico Military Institute defensive tackle Nathan Mageo knew where he planned to continue his college football career. However, he followed through on an earlier promise to make an official visit to NC State and that decision helped pave the way for the Wolfpack’s latest commitment.
“Yes sir, I committed to NC State,” said Mageo. “I liked the facilities, the program, the coaches and really, everything. The players were great. I looked at the playing time but it wasn’t that big of a deal. I know I’m going to go there and compete and that’s the big thing. Competition, that’s what I want.”
At 6-4 an 285 pounds, Mageo has been instrumental in clogging the middle of the New Mexico defensive line. In nine games, Mageo faced constant double teams at nose tackle, but he still managed to total 26 tackles, 12 tackles for a loss, and 2.5 sacks.
With the Pack set to lose Antoine Holmes and Keith Willis Jr. after the 2008 season, landing replacements that could contribute immediately was a must.
Special team’s coach Jerry Petercuskie headed up Mageo’s recruiting and he was paired up with DE Markus Kuhn during his official visit to NC State. A native of America Samoa, Mageo enjoyed being hosted by a player foreign to the United States.
“Markus Kuhn hosted me and I could really relate to him because he’s from another country. I’m glad I had him as a host because he told me everything about NC State. He told me I just have to work hard.”
Mageo added that his commitment to NC State is firm and he has no plans to look at any other schools.
“I’m enrolling in January and will have three to play two. I’m done with recruiting and I’m not taking any more visits.”
Mageo is rated a three star prospect by Scout.com. Pack Pride will have more from him in the near future so stay tuned!