Avon Lake, Ohio is home to offensive guard Christian Pace, one of the top linemen in the Buckeye State and one of the top prospects at his position on NC State's recruiting board.
The 6-2, 256-pound interior lineman has an impressive offer list, and most of those offers are from schools in the region. He picked up scholarships from Michigan and Northwestern not long ago. One might assume it would be a long-shot for NC State to pull Pace out of Big Ten country, but he has been impressed with a representative of the university and the football program thus far.
"I get a bunch of handwritten letters in the mail from (NC State)," he said. "I've spoken with coach (Don) Horton over the phone a couple of times. I like them from everything we've talked about.
"(Horton) seems like he knows what he's doing. He understands football well. I can tell that from what he's told me. I just like everything I know about the school, too. I'd love to visit but financially everybody's strapped for money. Flying down to North Carolina would be difficult."
Pace did say there was a possibility he could use one of his official visits to take a trip to Raleigh. While location is a factor now it may not be much of a factor when the time comes to make his decision.
"I don't have any issues (with distance). I like the schools that are farther away and talking to me. I don't think I'd have a problem going to any of them."
Pace is now up to 16 offers and that's a list that should keep growing. He doesn't feel as though he needs to hurry things along.
"I'm just still trying to see what's going to happen, then I'll start narrowing things down. I actually have started to try to do that a little bit, but I'm still going through everything and looking at every school."
The talented linemen recently attended a spring game at one of college football's premier programs, and he will be visiting a few other schools from the same conference in the near future.
"I went to Michigan," he said. "That was for their spring game. It was alright. I still need to get more of a tour but I understand they're busy with a lot of stuff. Just from what I saw everything was nice there. The coaches seemed like they're good people. Recently that was really about it."
Pace is keeping himself busy with his teammates these days. He lifts weights four times per week and runs twice per week. He plans on keeping that same schedule into the summer months.