Turk McBride arrives in Raleigh this weekend

January recruiting is full of names that Wolfpack fans have gotten to know through the High School football season. Sometimes a surprise name will pop-up and that's exactly what happened in the case of 4 Star recruit Turk McBride. TSW caught up with Turk before his NC State visit to see what he was thinking about the Wolfpack.

Turk McBride became interested in NC State after most fan recruiting boards were filled and the countdown to signing day had begun. But there is always room for special players that show late interest in the Pack! TSW asked Turk when and how he became interested in NC State. "Coach Canales just started calling me with the idea of me playing early. I first got interested in them in Mid-December."

Turk will be in Raleigh for an official visit this weekend. "I'm just going to go down there and check things out." He is being recruited by the Wolfpack as a defensive end.

Alot has happened to the Pack since that time. Mainly a 28-6 thumping of Notre Dame in the Gator Bowl, but according to McBride, it really did not peak his interest. "It was a good game to see and all, but it really has not effected me one way or another. I was interested in them before that."

McBride also knows a player and another prospect that he will be with in Raleigh this weekend. "I know Shawn Price, but he is graduating soon. I also know Dorien Bryant. He will be down there also when I'm there."

Turk still considers himself "wide open" with his five finalist being Tennessee, NC State, Miami, Virginia and Ohio State. He told TSW that he will make his choice after his last visit, to Virginia, during the weekend of January 24th.

The competition for McBride's talent is tough. After a recent visit to Ohio State, Turk was quoted as saying, "I was down on the field down near the band. I have never seen anything like that in my life." If he does run with the Pack, he will have a chance in 2003 to see OSU one more time, when NC State takes on Ohio State in what could be a big time early season match-up.

Turk is listed as the #3 defensive end in the nation by The Insiders. He also earned All-State recognition as well as being named as the top defensive player in New Jersey in 2002. He was also named to the All-Group 3 and the All-South Jersey teams.

Woodrow Wilson High School finished their season with a 6-4 record. Turk had 67 tackles, 12 1/2 sacks and 4 caused fumbles (1 for a touchdown). He also blocked 4 punts and intercepted 1 pass for a touchdown.

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