State Makes a Move With Thorpe

NC State hosted T.J. Thorpe, one of the state's top athletes for 2011 over the weekend. Pack Pride's got the lowdown on what he had to say about the Wolfpack after his visit.

NC State has made a strong recent push for T.J. Thorpe, one of the top junior athletes in the state.

Thorpe was in Raleigh over the weekend to take in the junior day festivities at NC State, and according to the young man in his interview with Pack Pride, everything went great.

"It was actually pretty good," Thorpe said upon leaving the school. "I'd been up here before. I came up here once by myself just to get in with the coaches and some of the players.

“For me this trip was a little bit repetitive and sort of a refresher. They did take us around the campus more this time. I didn't get to see the dorms so much last time. Other than that it was more of the same."

When speaking to Thorpe you can tell the young man has given the recruiting process a lot of thought. It seems as though he appreciates the opportunity to speak to college coaches, and he does so on a regular basis.

"I talked to coach O'Brien, coach Swepson and coach Bible while I was there," he recalled. "That was very enjoyable. I just got to catch up with them. I hadn't talked to them in a little while. I had a good time with them.

"I'm actually very interested in NC State. I could see myself playing in that style of offense, being that they are a pass-dominant team. They have a very, very, very strong fan base and the atmosphere there is very electric and wild. I think that's very good for them. I could definitely see myself playing there."

The battle for Thorpe won't be easy, as all of the schools on Tobacco Road have extended offers. While many prospects end up pushing back their decision date, Thorpe is starting to think he will make his decision sooner rather than later.

"A few weeks ago I was thinking it was going to be one of those things where I'll decide in the summer," he said. "But the crazy thing about it that I've come to learn is that a lot of those guys in the 2010 class committed a whole lot earlier. They (colleges) only have a set number of scholarship players they can bring in.

"At this point in time I'm still open, don't get me wrong. But I do plan on making a decision a little earlier than I had planned. It may be before the end of this (school) year."

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