The experience involved participation in the NC State Gator Bowl victory parade, dinner with Coach Portee and a very special event at Carter-Finley. "If there was ever a doubt as a mother, it was removed when we were at the stadium. They had a jersey for Kalani in the locker room. All the guys suited up and they called their name over the loud speakers. They had their name, pictures and stats up on the jumbotron. I don't have words to describe it."
Kalani vouched for his mother's claim of fun. "We had alot of fun. I got to know my coaches better. Coach Portee has recruited me and he was great. I also got to meet with my position coach a couple of times, Coach Galbraith. He's a great coach."
Kalani spent time with some of the NC State players. His host was recent signee Yomi Ojo. "Yomi was my host. He was being kidded alot about having the fastest turnaround from recruit to host. We hung out at the arcade with the guys. We also got to ride in the parade. It was cool."
According to Heppe's mother, one of the trip's highlights came at a dinner with Coach Portee. "We were sitting at the table and Mrs. Portee said 'there ain't no party like a Wolpack party.' Then Coach Portee joined in and they started saying it again and again. We have laughed about that the whole way home."
TSW asked Lynettee if any of the other recruits committed while they were there. "There were five recruits there. I really feel sorry for Dorien (Bryant). He is torn between NC State and Boston College. His grandmother thought NC State was totally awesome."
According to Kalani, he would like to get up to Raleigh sooner than August. "The Freshman report in the middle of August, but I would like to get up there the second or the third week in July to get started, but I'm not sure yet."
At 6'4 and 270 pounds, Heppe is expected to provide instant help and depth on the offensive line.