NC State is one of five schools that have offered Pennsylvania offensive tackle Jack Deboef. The 6-7, 265-pound lineman spoke with Pack Pride about the Wolfpack and some of the other schools recruiting him.
As a young man from State College, it's only natural to wonder whether Penn State has a clear early edge for the talented prospect. Though Penn State has not yet offered, a scholarship from the Nittany Lions would likely carry a lot of weight. That would have more to do with the program itself than the location of the school relative to Deboef's home.
"I mean, part of me would like to stay close to home," Deboef said. "But a big part of me would like to get away from State College and experience something new."
Deboef claims to be up to eight or nine offers, including verbal offers -- the most recent of which came from Michigan State. The Spartans and another Big Ten school hold enviable positions at the top of his list.
"Purdue and Michigan State are really high, but that's really mostly because they're both from the Big Ten," he said. "I just know a lot more about the Big Ten than the MAC or the Big East."
NC State, hailing from the ACC, has done a nice job of making a positive early impression on Deboef, though they haven't been in a lot of contact with him.
"Well, my coach told me I might should be expecting it, so that was a cute little way of letting me know it might be coming," he said. "I've talked to someone from NC State one other time. I don't remember who it was, though.
"Other than that they've sent me some letters. I've thought about them. I've checked out the website and done a little research, but I have to admit, I don't know much yet. I'd like to get down there and visit them sometime this summer."
Deboef said he would also like to visit Maryland at some point over the summer.
Expect the talented youngster to start to narrow things down by the end of the summer months.