While the state of Florida hasn't been quite as front and center in NC State recruiting efforts as it was a few years ago it's impossible to ignore the state when you are an ACC school.
The sheer amount of talent in Florida is astounding on an annual basis, and NC State is taking a hard look at some of the state's prospects that have shown interest in the Pack.
One such prospect is Anthony Harrell, a 6-3, 215-pound linebacker from Tampa (Fla.) Freedom. Last fall Harrell made 125 tackles, seven sacks, two interceptions, forced three fumbles and deflected three passes. Numbers like that were sure to attract attention and that's exactly what they did. Harrell now has offers from about 20 schools, including NC State.
"I haven't been anywhere so far this summer," Harrell told Pack Pride. "I haven't done anything yet. I've just been working out and stuff like that."
That should be changing sometime soon, as Harrell himself explained. The talented prospect said he may be taking trips to NC State and Wake Forest in the near future, though he isn't sure. NC State has offered while Wake Forest has not, and both schools are showing serious interest.
The Wolfpack put their offer on the table at the end of Harrell's school year late in the spring, and coach Swepson has built a solid relationship with him.
"It's a school I like a lot," Harrell said. "The main reason I like them is they're in the ACC and that's big-time football. That's what I'm trying to play. They've got a good atmosphere.
"I don't want to be in a country town or anything when I go to college. Raleigh is the state capital of North Carolina so I figure it can't be too boring there."
Harrell said he has kept in good contact with coach Swepson and NC State since the Pack offered their scholarship. In fact, he plans on giving him a call sometime in the next couple of days just to keep the lines of communication alive.
Most schools are recruiting Harrell as a linebacker and that's the position he knows he will be playing in college. He did say that Virginia and South Florida like him as an H-Back/Fullback hybrid, but he doesn't believe he will end up doing that.
While NC State is a school under serious consideration, and will be especially if Harrell is able to visit soon, an in-state school would be nearly impossible to beat if they were to offer a scholarship.
"There's only one school I would commit to (right away) if they offered me," he said. "That's Florida. My dad played there and my sister goes there. Besides them I'm open to everybody the same."
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