Logan Winkles doesn't plan on standing on the sidelines for a few years before he works his way onto the depth chart.
The senior from Thomaston (GA) Upson-Lee verbally committed to the Pack early in the recruiting process last year and remained true to NC State all the way through National Signing Day, when he put his name on the dotted line and made it official. Now he's excited about what the future holds.
"I'm still working out every day with my school," Winkles said. "Every three days I'll go to some extra conditioning and I also have wrestling practice. I'm still heavy in that and I've still got a couple of wrestling competitions."
Though the recruiting process is behind him and the coaches from NC State don't need to make a pitch anymore that hasn't prevented his future coaches from keeping in touch.
"I've been talking to coach (Mike) Reed," he said. "He's calling me as much as he can just checking out my situation and seeing how I'm doing. I think I'm going to leave around June 25 to head up there. I'm not sure when exactly it is but it will be around then. I don't know if I'll go to the athletic place or the on campus dorms, but that's about when I'll head up there."
Winkles said qualifying to play as a freshman will not be a problem. In addition to speaking with coach Reed he has stayed in contact with Tyler Brosius and a few others.
"I'm going in there trying to make a name for myself. I'm going to try and get a starting position wherever they try me out," Winkles explained. "Right now they're thinking about having me play fullback. I'm going to give that my best shot to get a starting job."
That optimism and those high expectations are essential if a freshman is going to be successful in major college football, though there will certainly be some learning curve. Winkles is equally optimistic about the team's outlook for next year.
"I've been looking at the roster a bunch. I'm looking at the offensive backfield with (Mike) Glennon and the other fullbacks and running backs, and the offensive line too. The offense is definitely looking pretty strong, especially with big Rob Crisp, that five-star guy that's coming in. It's definitely a positive outlook. I'm not sure how the defensive backfield's going to hold up but I know the coaches will take care of it."
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