Cheek: 'It Was Great'

Pack Pride talks with NC State commit Ryan Cheek after his recent official visit. Cheek was one of several committed prospects who visited the Wolfpack over the weekend.

Lancaster (OH) linebacker Ryan Cheek committed to NC State last spring and was able to officially visit the Wolfpack last weekend.

"It was great," said Cheek. "I had a lot of fun. We toured all of the facilities and I had a chance to meet with the coaches again. I also go to hang out with the other recruits and players."

"R.J. Mattes was my host. I came up to some games this year, and I was able to spend some time with him so we know each other real well. He asked me to request him as my host so we pretty much hung out all weekend and he showed me around NC State."

Recruited to play linebacker for the Wolfpack, Cheek had a chance to talk with head coach Tom O'Brien and linebackers coach Andy McCollum before leaving Raleigh.

"Coach O'Brien said he was ready for next season," said Cheek. "He told me that they are already ahead of where they were at Boston College at this point in time.

"My meeting with coach McCollum went really well. He said I could play all three linebacker positions, but he's not sure yet which one I'll start out at. I don't have a preference either. I just want to help out."

While he didn't rule out redshirting, Cheek said he would be open to doing it as a freshman if it was what the coaches asked of him.

"I'm not sure if I'll redshirt or not," he said. "They told me to come in and play my game and we'll go from there. I'm going to do everything I an to play... do whatever I can to get on the field. If I have to redshirt then I'll do that too."

What was the highlight of the visit for Cheek? "It was probably getting to know all of the other guys in my class," said Cheek. "I spoke with Brian Slay and Rickey Dowdy before, but I hadn't talked with everyone else. The first day we kind of spent trying to get to know each other but by the second day we were all hanging and pretty much did the whole weekend."

Despite being an out-of-state commitment, Cheek attended several NC State games last fall. He was in Raleigh for the wins over East Carolina, Wake Forest, and Miami. He also attended the game in Duke with his brother, Nathan Cheek, a junior lineman who is being recruited by the Blue Devils. Cheek was able to watch the Pack come away with four victories with him in the stands.

"It was awesome," he said. "Getting to go to those games... it looked like they had a lot of fun playing together. I wish the bowl game could have been different, but it was fun watching the season turn around for them."

Cheek, who now checks in at 6-foot and 245 pounds, has emerged as one of Ohio's top linebacker prospects. As a junior, he tallied 88 tackles, 2.5 sacks and two interceptions en route to all-conference, all-district and all-state honors. This season he totaled 70 tackles, two sacks, and two interceptions while also serving as Lancaster's starting quarterback.

He landed early offers from NC State, Cincinnati, Maryland, Akron, Ohio University, Eastern Michigan, Marshall, and Kent before committing to the Wolfpack.

Pack Pride Top Stories