Four-star offensive lineman Robby Havenstein is one of the top prospects on the Wolfpack’s recruiting board and he took an unofficial visit to Raleigh to check out NC State towards the end of June. He came away with a positive impression of the Wolfpack football program.
Havenstein, a 6-7, 340-pound tackle from Frederick (MD) Linganore, recently made the trip to North Carolina to check out a few of the schools on Tobacco Road.
While he was in North Carolina he checked out NC State, North Carolina and Wake Forest. His trips to Raleigh and Winston-Salem were a bit more in-depth and exhaustive than his trip to Chapel Hill. He had plenty of good things to say about State after returning home.
"It was just an unofficial visit down there to check things out. I was real, real surprised with NC State. It was kind of a program that I had questions about. I know the whole staff went down there from BC. I knew they had done a terrific job there. It was great to see the facilities and all the staff seemed real nice."
When asked if the visit exceeded his expectations, Havenstein said it had. That's big, considering that a decision might not be too far off.
"I've got a trip to Maryland on Thursday (yesterday) then there's one more visit to Wisconsin because I've got family up in Michigan," he said. "I'll probably do something after the Wisconsin visit, since that's the last unofficial I'm taking. I'm not sure whether I'll take officials. I'm going to sit down with my parents after the Wisconsin trip and talk about what we're going to do.
“There might be a chance (he will commit somewhere) then, but I'm not sure."
Aside from the facilities and the overall quality of the NC State coaching staff, which he admires, his relationship with coach Keith Willis is also working in the Pack's favor.
"Coach Willis is my recruiting coordinator and I like him a lot. He came down to my school once or twice before. He just seems like a down to earth guy. He's not trying to sell me anything. He's a straight shooter, and I appreciate that."
Havenstein is ranked the No. 29 offensive tackle in the nation by Scout.com. In addition to the schools already listed he has received offers from the likes of Kansas State, Penn State, Stanford, Virginia, West Virginia and others. He said he has not yet put together a top five.