For a prospect that didn't grow up watching NC State football Patrick Flavin knows a lot about the Pack.
That's because the 6-7, 260-pound offensive tackle from Lisle (IL) Benet Academy is a student of the game and has a genuine love for college football.
"They offered me a few weeks ago," Flavin recalled, speaking of NC State. "I haven't been able to talk to their coaches but one of their coaches should be by my school this week. I haven't been able to talk to Tom O'Brien but I get a ton of mail from them. I've done lots of research and it seems like a cool place to go to school there in Raleigh.
"It seems like they could really take off in the ACC even though they've just been so-so the past couple of years. They have a good recruiting class coming in with Robert Crisp, the offensive lineman. They're really building up some momentum. I know about all the success their coaches had at Boston College."
Flavin has followed football his entire life and it has to be a bit surreal for a young man like that to find himself in the spotlight as a big-time recruit himself.
"I've done a lot of research," he admitted. "NC State's a school that just came out of the blue and their offer got me interested. I didn't grow up watching a lot of the schools outside the Midwest so I've tried to do my research on them."
He's certainly not closing many doors on schools outside of Big Ten country. Flavin recently attended UCLA's spring game at the end of April. He didn't do anything in May but he plans on visiting some schools over the summer.
"It would be ideal to make a decision before the season," he said. "It would be nice to make it before then if I feel comfortable with the school. If not and I have to take some official visits that would be awesome too. It's something I'm open about."
Flavin has plenty of offers to choose from with the newest being from Washington. He has been in contact with Miami, Florida State and Penn State, and each of those schools have hinted they will decide whether to offer in the next week or two.
"I don't have any favorites. I'm just doing my research on schools I didn't know much about, like NC State and some of them out west. Hopefully I can get out and see some places this summer."
When asked whether he might visit NC State, Flavin responded, "I'd definitely like to."
Flavin is rated a three-star prospect and the No. 32 offensive tackle in the nation by Scout.com.
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