Scout Rating: ***
Scout Rank: #62 DT
Size: 6-3, 280 pounds
Hometown: Ashburn, VA
High School: Stone Bridge High School
Accolades: Ranked by ESPN as the #41 defensive end in the nation...AP all-state selection...all-conference pick...all-area selection…recruited to NC State by defensive line coach Keith Willis.
Stats: As a senior, Slay recorded 80 tackles, had four sacks and broke up seven passes. In 2007, Slay tallied 65 tackles and six sacks to help lead the Bulldogs to the Group AAA Division 5 state title.
Commit Date: 3/2/2008
Recruiting Scene: Brian Slay found what he was looking for early in the process. The Wolfpack's first commitment in the 2009 class, he landed an offer following NC State's Junior Day and committed hours later. He had received early interest from Virginia Tech, Virginia, Georgia Tech, and Maryland among others, but after verballing his commitment remained solid throughout the recruiting year.
Stone Bridge Head Coach Mickey Thompson says: "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."
Pack Pride Evaluation: 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.
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