Coach: Schaeffer enjoys NC State official

Five-star quarterback prospect takes first official visit, remains wide open

Five-star junior college quarterback Brent Schaeffer took his official visit to North Carolina State last week. College of the Sequoias assistant Andy Siegal discussed Schaeffer's recruitment with Pack Pride.

"We've talked about the visit a little, mainly because it's been hectic around here with recruiting and we haven't really sat down yet," Siegal said. "I know it was a good visit, and he went on and on about Coach Trestman (offensive coordinator Marc Trestman). He kept talking to me about Coach Trestman's résumé, like I didn't know about him. He mentioned that he was the offensive coordinator at Miami. I told Brent that I know all about Coach Trestman and how good of an offensive coach he is.

"I don't think he knew a lot about Coach Trestman prior to the trip, but I know afterwards he felt pretty good about it. He went on and on about him when we talked after he got back."

Siegal mentioned that the Wolfpack discussed the possibility of early playing time should Schaeffer choose to ink with NC State.

"Yea, I think they said they are looking for someone to come in and play," Siegal said. "Obviously anyone that is recruiting him must be thinking the same thing. He's not looking to be a depth guy, and he definitely does not want to go anywhere that will move him from quarterback.

"I think that is something big. He doesn't want to get caught in a numbers game. He wants to earn whatever he gets, but he just wants a shot.

"Brent is not afraid of competition. The guy started in the SEC, but Brent knows he can't make a mistake and he needs to come in and play now.

"He's willing to do what it takes to be highly successful, but at the same token he doesn't want to get caught in a numbers game."

Schaeffer had originally planned on visiting Ole Miss last weekend, but his primary Rebel recruiter, offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone, was fired and that opened the door for NC State to secure the first visit.

"I think that was huge," Siegal said of NC State landing the first trip. "He originally had Ole Miss scheduled for last weekend. They lost their offensive coordinator, and Coach Cignetti (tight ends coach/recruiting coordinator Curt Cignetti) stepped up and he hit a homerun. He did a great job. I was stunned... I was like, 'Great job Coach Cignetti... it went good.'

"I think he's really developing a relationship with Coach Cignetti. I think it would be a great fit. (Head coach Chuck) Amato is a great guy. I think NC State would be a great place for him.

"But I think Wisconsin is a great fit for him. I think Ole Miss is a great fit for him. I did think Florida was a great fit for him."

Rumors circulated earlier this fall that Florida was the leader for Schaeffer, and a report even surfaced in a California newspaper that he had committed to the Gators. At this time, Florida's interest remains a question mark to Siegal and Schaeffer as they have yet to set a Florida official visit.

"He's going to visit Wisconsin this weekend and he's got Ole Miss set in January," Siegal said. "Florida has not set a visit. Sometime in there he will probably visit Florida, but I just don't know."

Schaeffer is now focusing his attention on recruiting after completing a stellar sophomore season at College of the Sequoias. Leading the nation's top junior college offense, the 6-foot-3, 200-pound dual-threat passer was the key cog in COS's offensive attack.

"We had the No. 1 offense in the nation," Siegal said. "We averaged 42 points and over 500 yards of total offense, and Brent was a big part of it all. He threw for 42 touchdowns and rushed for eight or nine more. He's been named Valley Conference Player of the Year, Regional Player of the Year, California Player of the Year, and I think they said he's going to be national Player of the Year. He was a unanimous All-American, so obviously he was very important."

Don't expect a quick decision from Schaeffer. After transferring from Tennessee and getting a chance to be recruited again, expect him to take his time and make the best decision possible before verbaling to a college.

"Has he made a decision? Absolutely not. Is he leaning one direction? Absolutely not. I think he is still purely wide open," Siegal said. "It's still NC State, Wisconsin, Ole Miss, and Florida. It's still the same thing. Because he's been through this process, he knows he can't make a mistake. He's going to go through the procedure and make sure he doesn't make a mistake.

"I think he'd probably like to have this over and done with so he can get enrolled in the right classes for the spring. But I know he's going to take his time and make sure he doesn't make a mistake. He's going to sit down with his family and make a good decision. He can't afford another decision that isn't perfect. He just can't miss."

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