Wolfpack Looking at Marlboro County Again

After landing defensive tackle Thomas Teal this year, NC State is back at Marlboro County for a 2011 standout. Find out where the Pack stands.

Three-star South Carolina linebacker Lateek Townsend now holds six offers and finds himself in an enviable position.

NC State, Clemson, South Carolina, Illinois, Maryland and East Carolina have all extended offers to Townsend, a talented linebacker coming off a huge junior season at Bennettsville (SC) Marlboro County.

On the year Townsend recorded 189 tackles, 13 sacks and an interception while forcing three fumbles, establishing himself as one of the Palmetto State's most dominant defenders. Marlboro County finished 13-1 on the year, with their only loss coming in the semifinals of the state playoffs.

In addition to the schools that have offered, Townsend said he has been receiving a lot of attention from Georgia, Georgia Tech and Alabama.

"This year I went down to Clemson and South Carolina," Townsend said. "I liked both of them. There were some things I liked and some things I disliked about each, but overall they were both pretty good. I'd say they were about even."

Townsend plans on attending some camps, combines and other recruiting events, so we should be hearing a lot more about him in the coming weeks and months. If he performs well at those events his stock should continue to rise and he could pick up even more offers.

The 6-2, 213-pound outside linebacker is taking a look at NC State, and not just because they were one of the first schools to offer.

"I didn't actually talk to him but I got a chance to see coach O'Brien when he came down to visit the school with the other coach that recruits our area," he said. "I have talked to one of the coaches ... I forgot his name but it's the same person that was recruiting Thomas Teal, who's committed to go up there."

Will the presence of Teal in Raleigh help the Pack with Townsend, or is he intent on forging his own path?

"I would have to wait for him to actually go up there before I'll say it will be something I think about in my decision," he said. "When he gets up there I can ask him how he likes it, but I'll have to wait until then.

Townsend said his top priority for the next few months is to visit all of the schools that have offered him, especially those closest to home.

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