In the biggest recruiting weekend of the year for the Wolfpack (Dec. 5), the raves just keep flowing in from the recruits who were present. This time it's a Floridian that was impressed with the Pack.
Chuck Amato has made the Sunshine state a top priority as far as recruiting goes since he's been in Raleigh, and that emphasis continues to pay off. Defensive end Emmanuel Dunbar from Deerfield Beach, Florida was in town over the weekend -- did the visit exceed his expectations?
"To be honest, with this being my first official visit, I wasn't really sure what to expect," said Dunbar. "But it was definitely a great experience. I don't know if all the official visits will be like this, but this one helps out NC State a lot.
"Their facilities are improving a lot and the talent upgrade they've had in the past three or so years is just crazy. When they go out on the field against Florida State, Ohio State or whoever, people don't think it's going to be an easy game to pick. They can compete with teams like that on a regular basis. They have a lot to offer."
That has to be music to the ear's of Pack fans. The 6-foot-5, 265 pound defensive lineman runs the 40-yard dash in 4.7 seconds. Who are his leaders now?
"I'd have to put NC State near the top of that list now," he said. "It's not just them, but it's probably them along with a couple of others, like Florida State and Oklahoma. I don't see much of a difference at all with those three schools. I know I still have officials to those other two (to OU on Jan. 16 and FSU on Jan. 30), but I don't know what is going to happen."
Dunbar also has an official visit set up to Virginia Tech for Jan. 23. What is unique about each school in his top three?
"Like I said, I don't see too much difference. But Florida State is closer than the other two. Oklahoma has had a little more success recently, and I think I could go in and play earlier at NC State. But I think all three places are good college choices, and I think all three will be really good for a long time."