Landing a solid defensive tackle for the class of 2010 was an important piece of the recruiting puzzle for the NC State coaching staff. They made strides toward that goal when they secured the services of Bennettsville (SC) Marlboro County standout Thomas Teal over the summer.
Through the first four games of the year the 6-2, 330-pound lineman from the Palmetto State had helped lead Bennettsville (SC) Marlboro County to a perfect 4-0 record in the early portion of his senior season.
"So far everything's going good," Teal reported in an interview with Pack Pride. "Basically I'm just going all out and running to the football this year. I start at defensive tackle and right guard."
The Wolfpack coaching staff was recently was on hand to check out Teal's performance. After all, Signing Day is still a few months away.
"I talked to coach (Jim) Bridge last week. He came to our game. We've been talking regularly, like every week.
"As for me, I went to their home opener. It was good. I was just there for the game. They've got a good team. They're trying to do some things and they've got a lot of young people. They're going in the right direction."
Teal said he would also try to make it out to the game against Clemson. However, despite being committed to the Wolfpack, Teal says he’s still getting heavy interest from a couple of programs and hasn’t closed the door on hearing what they have to say.
"I've still been hearing from Illinois and East Carolina," he said. "They're still talking to me. I'm keeping my options open. I'm still solid (to NC State), but I'm keeping my options open. I don't know if I'll visit them though. I haven't decided."
Teal is ranked the No. 76 defensive tackle in the nation by Scout.com.