The Wolfpack is always on the hunt for talented defensive linemen to man the trenches and they already boast one key member for the class of 2010. DT Marty Everett committed to NC State last year but failed to qualify academically and made the transition from South Sumter High School in Bushnell, Fla to Butler Community College for the 2008 season.
Rated a three-star prospect and the No. 28 defensive tackle in the nation by Scout.com, Everett boasted early scholarship offers from the likes of Florida, Tennessee and Alabama but those schools backed off when it became apparent he wouldn’t qualify. NC State didn’t shy away however and they were rewarded with a commitment from Everett just before last year’s signing day.
In addition to football and being away from home, Everett told Pack Pride recently that one of the biggest adjustments since high school has been the move from Florida to Kansas.
“The weather up here is crazy,” said Everett. “It’s real cold. It hasn’t snowed that much but when it does snow it stays on the ground for a long time.”
This past season was somewhat of a disappointment as Everett was forced to redshirt due to injury. However, he added that it did allow him more time to adjust to the rigors of college football and take a shot at a new position.
“I redshirted this past year,” said Everett. “I had injured my knee in training camp so they wanted me to redshirt but I think it was best for me anyway. The change from high school to junior college was huge. The biggest change was getting used to the defense here and running- it was a lot more running than I was used to.
“I tried out at defensive end but they told me I was too big so they moved me back to tackle. I’ve been trying to lose some weight because I’d like to try that end spot out again. Right now I’m at 295 (pounds) but I’m trying to get down a little bit.”
As for his future after Butler, Everett says he still plans to continue his college career at NC State. Although NCAA rules limit contact between colleges and first year junior college students, Everett said he has been able to keep up with the Pack and is looking forward to joining the program next December.
“I’m trying to leave Kansas in December. I’m trying to graduate out of here in December and then head up to NC State. So far I’ve been on track with my school work.
“I’m still excited about NC State. They made it to a bowl game and I’m just working hard to get up there. I noticed that they won a bunch of games and I was watching and keeping up with them. I saw them beat Miami and that was a big win.”