Will Tye isn't a name most NC State fans are familiar with but his stock is rising as fast as anyone's on the east coast.
Prospects coming out of Connecticut don't often enjoy the accolades or exposure that prospects from other talent-rich states receive but several college coaches believe they have identified a real player in Tye. That includes NC State, who is interested in Tye because of his athletic ability and potential to play on either side of the ball.
"Yes, it's true, they offered," Tye told Pack Pride in reference to NC State. "It came in sometime last week. I talked to coach Cuskie (NC State special team’s coach Jerry Petercuskie) about it. He said I looked really good on film on both offense and defense and said I could play either one."
Tye lines up at tight end and defensive end for Salisbury (CT) Salisbury School. On the year he has helped his squad to two straight victories after a slow start, and he has caught three touchdowns from his tight end position. Defensively he has recorded 15 tackles and four sacks.
What does he think about the Wolfpack?
"They're a pretty good program," he said. "They're up and coming. I'd definitely put them on my list."
When asked if he might take a visit to Raleigh at some point down the road he replied, "Possibly, yeah." There are several other schools on his radar, including Florida State, which offered Tye not long ago. The last time the Seminoles spoke with Tye was about a week and a half ago, so they haven't backed off.
The 6-3, 230-pound two-way prospect has also been receiving a lot of interest from LSU and Mississippi State lately, though neither the Tigers nor the Bulldogs has extended an offer yet.
Despite the recent flurry of interest and offers Tye said he is still not ready to list any favorites. He is teammates with fellow NC State prospect Bjoern Werner who also boasts an offer from the Wolfpack.