Overgaard Back From Raleigh

Snow (UT) College offensive lineman Mikel Overgaard officially visited NC State over the weekend and left extremely impressed with the Wolfpack program.

Snow (UT) College offensive lineman Mikel Overgaard officially visited NC State over the weekend and left extremely impressed with the Wolfpack program.

"It was a good visit," said Overgaard. "I liked everything about it to be honest. I've never been down there so I got to see the area, and I liked the campus a lot. I also was able to get a good vibe from the players and coaches. Overall it was a really good visit.

"My player host was [Jake] Vermiglio, the left tackle. He's a good guy. He was fun to hang out with and he showed me around the school. I had a lot of fun hanging out with him and the other players."

One of the highlights of Overgaard's visit was attending the rivalry game between NC State and North Carolina.

"It was an exciting game to watch... great football," he said. "It was real fun too. I like what they do with the offense. It looks like a system I would fit into and can step in and help them."

Before leaving Raleigh Overgaard spent some time with the Wolfpack coaching staff. NC State started four seniors in the season finale and discussed the depth chart with Overgaard and where he could potentially fit in.

"The coaches said they are losing some seniors next year," he said. "They have a couple of juniors, but they said they need someone to come in and make a contribution right away.

"Everything they said was positive. We talked about how they would start me out as tackle because that's what I've played, but I could also play guard, center, or maybe even tight end. I think they want to bring me in as a tackle and then decide."

What did Overgaard think of NC State head coach Tom O'Brien?

"He seems like a great guy," he said. "I think he'd be a great coach to play for. He seems to stress the right things and from what the players were telling me he's really concerned about them off the field as much as on it.

"They were talking about how he's concerned about you as a person and really stresses academics and getting your degree. That's the ideal coach to play for."

Although he had a very good visit, Overgaard indicated that he has yet to reach a decision. He has already taken an official visit to New Mexico and has a trip lined up with Southern Illinois. NC State appears to have a slight lead at this point.

"I didn't commit yet," he said. "I'm going to wait until my season is over, but the coaches said the sooner they know the better. We have a bowl game left and it will probably be the week after that game when I decide.

"As of now I'm probably leaning a little more towards NC State then anyone else. I have a visit scheduled with Southern Illinois and I'll probably take that visit. I'm also waiting to hear back from a couple of other schools, but time is running out for them."

Hailing from Weisner, Idaho, a small town with a population of just over 5,000, Overgaard enrolled at Washington State as a preferred walk-on in 2007 and redshirted for the Cougars. However, he didn't stay long as he felt that he would have a better chance to play and possibly end up on scholarship at a Division I program if he elected to leave Washington State.

He transferred to Snow (UT) College and started at left tackle for them in 2009, earning all-conference honors. The 6-foot-6, 270-pounder will graduate from Snow College in a couple of weeks with his degree and projects as a full qualifier carrying a 3.8 GPA.


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