NC State’s football camps have proven to be very productive from a recruiting standpoint and that’s certainly been the case this year.
After landing College Park (GA) North Clayton OL Torian Box and Southern Durham (NC) WR Tony Creecy within the last four days, the Pack added Bennettsville (SC) Marlboro County DT Thomas Teal on Wednesday when he committed to NC State.
At 6-2, 330 pounds, Teal is dominant at times with the ability to occupy multiple blockers and eat up space in the interior of the line. Asa junior he tallied 70 tackles and four sacks.
With offers on the table from Illinois, East Carolina and Baylor, Teal decided to put a quick end to his recruitment when he selected the Wolfpack earlier today. He talked with Pack Pride about his decision.
“Yes sir, I committed to NC State today,” said Teal. “I just looked around at everything and decided that I liked what I saw. We had a chance to go and see the dorms where I’ll be staying. We talked about the academics and then took a tour of the campus. I really loved all the football facilities.
“I think the atmosphere up there is what sold me on them. I had been up there before for junior day but I didn’t have a chance to see everything like I did today.”
NC State tight end’s coach Jim Bridge has led the Pack’s charge into South Carolina and has helped establish the Palmetto State as prime recruiting ground for State. Teal said Bridge and the rest of the Wolfpack staff were ecstatic with his decision.
“I spent some time with coach Bridge and the other coaches and they were just letting me know that they wanted me at NC State,” said Teal. “When I told them I was committing they were real happy and excited.”
Teal doubles as a guard and defensive tackle for Marlboro County. Recruited strictly as a defensive tackle by NC State, the rising senior said he’s excited about his future on defense.
“I’m really looking forward to playing defensive tackle because it’ll give me a chance just to focus on defense. That’s the spot I prefer playing.”
Teal added that he was escorted on his trip by teammate, Lee Pegues. Pegues is a 6-1, 250 pound defensive end that is also being recruited by NC State.