Lark Leaves NC State Impressed

Ashburnham (MA) Cushing Academy standout Jeffrey Lark came away impressed after a recent visit to NC State.

Three-star Massachusetts athlete Jeffrey Lark visited NC State this past Thursday and came away speaking very highly of the Wolfpack.

That's what Pack Pride found when we caught up with the 6-2, 211-pound linebacker from Cushing Academy in Ashburnham, Massachusetts.

Lark has the potential to play either safety or linebacker in college and that's one of the things the NC State coaches like about him. While Lark was pretty unfamiliar with NC State going into the trip, at least compared to some of the other schools on his list, he came away very enthusiastic about the school.

Over the past year he has taken visits to Arkansas, Utah, Syracuse, TCU, Texas A&M and Baylor, and it sounds as though the trip to State this week went as well, or better, than all of them.

"I went down to NC State because one of my friends, Anthony Knight, is committed to NC State," Lark explained. "That's like my right hand man. He kind of put that in my mind and said he wanted me to go to the school he goes to. I figured I'd give it a shot and check them out.

"The interest I got from them (on Thursday) was very high. I could tell it when I was talking to them. I got a lot of high interest from everyone. They said I could play anywhere in their back seven, so the interest is very high.

"Coach Petercuskie was very straightforward with me. He told me the whole staff is going to talk about recruiting soon and I should know something right away."

While NC State has not yet offered Lark a scholarship the rising senior should be finding out whether one is going to be on the way soon enough. If the Pack offers they will be near the top of his list.

"It's a school I could definitely see myself playing at," he said. "One of the things I'm stressing is early playing time. That's a main concern for me. They told me I could play either safety or SAM 'backer, since they're in more pass coverage than the WILL. That's kind of opposite what other schools have said.

"I really do like NC State. My top four going into (Thursday) was Purdue, Arkansas, Utah and Cal, and LSU kind of squeezes itself in there sometimes. After the visit I definitely think NC State is one of my top schools."

Lark will be back at Cushing Academy later this month and he's hoping to make his decision within a week or two of arriving back at school. He is now done with visits for the summer.

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