Big verbal for the Pack
NC State is putting together one of the more surprising recruiting classes in the ACC this year and on Sunday their class got a little bit stronger.
Dontae Johnson, one of the Pack's top defensive back prospects from the Class of 2010, committed to NC State over the weekend.
It didn't come on the heels of an official visit to Raleigh. Instead, Johnson had just been visiting with his family and they watched the Pack's game against Wake Forest on television, which turned out to be a 30-24 loss for NC State.
"Yes, Dontae committed (to NC State)," his mother said on Sunday evening. "We watched the game yesterday and he was really impressed with that. He's been thinking about doing it for a little while now. I know he's had NC State on his mind for a while."
The mother of the 6-foot-3, 190-pound safety said she imparted her blessing on the decision, so to speak, as NC State was one of her top choices for her son as well.
She said her son will not be taking any visits to any more schools. He has scheduled an official visit to NC State for the weekend of November 14, when NC State plays host to Clemson.
The young man himself echoed the words of his mother, saying it came down to a gut feeling.
"You know, it was a gut feeling," he said. "It was a gut feeling after taking all my visits to the other schools and talking to the coaches. I sat down and thought about it for a couple of weeks and it just came down to a gut feeling."
Johnson is back at his prep school in Pennington, New Jersey. Prior to committing to NC State he had received offers from Maryland, Michigan State, UConn, Louisville, Minnesota, Stanford, Syracuse, Vanderbilt, Virginia, Virginia Tech and West Virginia.
He is ranked the No. 30 safety in the nation and the No. 6 prospect in New Jersey.