NC State was one of the first schools to extend an offer to Georgia defensive lineman Ira McCune earlier this year and the Pack is still targeting him.
McCune, a 6-2, 240-pound versatile line prospect from Powder Springs (GA) Hillgrove, has the potential to play either defensive end or defensive tackle in college, depending on how his frame fills out in the next year and depending on what his college of choice wants him to do.
NC State, Illinois State and Air Force are the three schools that have put offers on the table, though other schools are interested. Georgia Tech, Auburn and Duke are three of the schools that have not offered but have shown a lot of interest. While recruiting is obviously on McCune's mind his first concern is getting his own senior season started the right way.
"Our first game is Friday," McCune noted. "We've been getting after it for the past month in practice, getting ready and gameplanning. I think we have a pretty good chance to go far. The defense is solid and the offense is looking pretty good after the change."
To be more specific Hillgrove is making the switch from the option to the spread. That's obviously a huge change and normally requires a huge learning curve before players are hitting on all cylinders.
McCune doesn't know whether he will take any official visits prior to his decision, and he doesn't seem to have a timetable for when he would like to end the recruiting process. He has been in steady contact with the coaches at NC State and hopes that continues going forward.
"The last time I talked to them [NC State] was a couple of weeks ago," he explained. "It's really been a joint effort. It hasn't been just one coach from there that's recruiting me. I've been up there one time. I was there in June for an unofficial visit.
"I saw the weight room and that was real nice. The field was good too. I took a campus visit while I was there. It's a great school. It's definitely one of the choices I'm looking into."
McCune said NC State is recruiting him primarily as a defensive end, but of course, these things can change over time. Georgia Tech and Duke are the two other schools the Hillgrove prospect has visited so far.
"They're still saying I'm high on their list," McCune said referring to the Yellow Jackets and Blue Devils. "I'm just waiting to figure out what's best for me. I'll probably [make a decision] sometime during the season."
For now, though, McCune says he does not have any favorites.
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