In spite of NC State's lackluster performance on Thursday night against South Carolina, one of the Pack's top defensive line targets said he had a memorable trip to Raleigh.
Bjoern Werner, a 6-foot-4, 270-pound defensive tackle and German-native, made the trip from Connecticut to Raleigh in order to watch NC State kick their season off last Thursday. Pack Pride caught up with him after he returned home to see how things went.
"It was pretty cool," Werner recapped. "I got in I think around 11 (a.m.). I went around with the other German kid from NC State, Markus Kuhn. I met up with him and he showed me the campus and everything. It's a pretty cool place. I really liked the dorms and all of that stuff. The atmosphere was awesome. I left down around 11 (a.m.) on Friday, the next day."
Werner won't be holding the loss against the Pack, though the coaches would have undoubtedly preferred that their guys give him and all the other recruits a better show.
"I talked to coach (Tom) O'Brien -- the head coach. I talked to the defensive line coach and almost every defensive coach. They're pretty nice coaches -- all of them. They seem like cool guys.
"I'll definitely consider (State). I mean, I can't tell you right now what's going to happen. I'm taking some other visits but I liked it."
As Werner told Pack Pride last week, he had scheduled official visits to Oregon and Cal but has to reschedule those trips in order to align his plans with NCAA regulations. He plans on taking an official visit to Maryland on the weekend of September 19.
Rated a three-star prospect and the No. 40 defensive tackle in the nation by Scout.com, Werner boasts scholarship offers from Boston College, Cal, Maryland, Oregon and Rutgers and others in addition to NC State.