Merritt has a big time at NC State

Blake Merritt took his official visit to NC State this past weekend. TSW caught up with the East Wake player to get the inside scoop on his visit.

Blake Merritt may of been known as East Wake's "rest of the story", but that is quickly changing as he is becoming his own story to college recruiters, prep school coaches and to the fans of NC State.

Blake just concluded an official visit to NC State this past weekend and we asked the defensive lineman about the trip. "It went good. I met some players and coaches. My host was Jerrick Hall and I also hung out with AJ Davis some."

Blake also got to know a few recruits while there. "Chris Hawkins a 6'3", 6'4" quarterback was there. Brian Dennison committed. Isaiah Thomas was there. I don't think he committed, but he looked pretty happy."

Blake got the NC State red carpet laid out for him on the visit. "I got to view the new facilities which are about 85% finished. It is really nice. I had a jersey with my name on it and we got to run out of the tunnel. I also spent time looking at the campus."

Blake also went to a couple of parties with some of the players and recruits on Friday and Saturday night, but took a pass on the Super Bowl Party. "Freddie Aughtry-Lindsay invited me back to the Super Bowl Party on Sunday night, but I had to get back. I wanted to be sure to make it to school today."

The Merrett name is getting around the fan base as well. "Mike Hinton, Chris and me were standing outside at the basketball game and we had some people come up to talk. They knew who Mike and Chris was and they looked at me and asked me who I was, then they said 'yea, your the player from East Wake. I read about you on the Internet."

It looks like a Blake's division one aspirations may need to be put off a year. He is making plans to attend a prep school next fall. "I talked to Mike about Hargrave. Their whole defensive line are going D-1. I am scheduled to go up there to look around Wednesday. I plan on going there to play, then I think I want to go to NC State after that."

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