Morales Returns From NC State

Several Scarlet Knight commitments are still taking official visits to other schools. This past weekend, Jack Corcoran visited Penn State, Joel Figueroa visited USF and local standout Andres Morales visited NC State. What were Morales' impressions and where does he stand now?

"It was good," Andres Morales told Pack Pride. "They have nice facilities and the program is top-notch. I got along with the players, and I liked the coaches too.

"Kyle Newell and Darrell Blackman were my hosts. I already knew Newell because he is from my hometown, and Darrell is from up here too. They both are cool guys."

Morales had been favoring NC State and Rutgers throughout the recruiting process, but after a mid-December visit to the Big East program he committed to the Scarlet Knights. Prior to leaving Raleigh he had a chance to talk with Wolfpack head coach Chuck Amato, who apparently stressed how important of a recruit he is for NC State.

"Chuck is tough," Morales said. "He knew that I had committed to Rutgers so when we were talking he was putting it on thick. I like him, and I know he's a good coach."

NC State also cleared up what position they are recruiting him to play. Morales believed they wanted him as a defensive end, but found out they are recruiting him to play his current position.

"They want me to play linebacker," he said. "That's where I want to play too so that's good."

Does Morales still consider himself a Rutgers commitment?

"Rutgers is still the favorite because I had a good gut feeling there, but I'm going to try and decide everything for sure on Wednesday," he said. "I'm going to think about it. I do know it's going to be Rutgers or NC State."

Morales helped lead his team to a stellar 13-2 record and a spot in the Pennsylvania 4A state championship game. Along the way, he tallied an impressive 135 tackles and 13 tackles for loss and was recently named to the Lehigh Valley Conference all-conference first team and first-team all-state.

His play resulted in scholarship offers from NC State, Connecticut, Rutgers, Missouri and Toledo with interest coming from a host of others.

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