Name: Brian Slay
Hometown: Ashburn, Virginia
High School: Stone Bridge High School
Position: Defensive Lineman
Notes: NC State's first commitment in the 2009 class, Brian Slay had a big-time senior year for Ashburn (VA) Stone Bridge High School.
Playing on the defensive line with Virginia Tech commitment David Wang and Wake Forest verbal Zach Thompson, Slay was the only one to earn first-team All-State honors.
Checking in at 6-foot-3 and 285 pounds, Slay mainly played defensive end for Stone Bridge, totaling 80 tackles, had four sacks and broke up seven passes.
He committed to NC State in the spring after the Wolfpack offered a scholarship. They were the first school to offer.
"I just had that feeling," said Slay. "I was there and after talking with coach Willis I told him that I wanted to commit to NC State.
"He said that was great and to just take some more time and think about it because it's a big decision. I drove home with my family and thought about it some more and I knew that was what I wanted to do so I called the coaches and committed officially to coach Willis. It's official now... I'll be playing at NC State."
As a junior at Stone Bridge, Slay tallied 65 tackles and six sacks to help lead the Bulldogs to the Group AAA Division 5 state title.
Coach Quote: "I think he's a game-changer on the defensive line. He runs stuff down from the backside, forces fumbles, applies pressure... he's just a big, quick athlete.
"I'm sort of biased because I see him everyday, but I think he has great athleticism for a guy that size and he could be an edge-type player... he can play on the end, but with his physical attributes and ability, he could turn into whatever you're looking for. He will be able to play whatever the coaches want him to play." - Stone Bridge Head Coach Mickey Thompson
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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