NC State appeared to have quite a bit of interest in linebacker Steve Mehrer earlier in the recruiting process and have still stayed in touch although not to the degree back in the spring. Pack Pride caught up with the rising senior to get the latest on his recruiting.
The 6-1, 222-pound linebacker from Dublin (OH) Jerome landed on the recruiting landscape after a tremendous junior campaign. On the year he rushed for better than 750 yards while adding 160 yards receiving and 11 total touchdowns. From his linebacker spot, Mehrer contributed 130 tackles en route to all-conference and all-state honors.
While Mehrer has not received an offer from NC State, he has picked up offers from Indiana, Toledo, Marshall, Central Michigan and Eastern Michigan, as well as a few other MAC schools.
"NC State sent me a bunch of letters, and there were maybe a few e-mails back and forth," Mehrer told Pack Pride recently. "They wanted me to go to their camp this summer but I think it was the same date as the Pittsburgh camp, so I didn't make it.
"I'd definitely be interested in them if I heard more from them, though. I've been to North Carolina a few times and it's absolutely beautiful down there. I would love to go to school down there. It's been a while since I've been in touch with NC State so I don't know who I talked to off the top of my head, but it was one of the coaches."
Mehrer admitted that he would, ideally, be able to make his decision before his senior season, that way he could focus his efforts on closing out his college career with a bang. As it stands now, it appears as though he will wait until later in the year, take at least a few official visits, and then decide.
He cited Indiana, Marshall and Central Michigan as schools that are currently at the top of his list, though he admitted that list is subject to change depending on the other schools that begin to show serious interest.