Connor Loftus planned to visit North Carolina and Duke last summer but then kicking coach Chris Sailer e-mailed him and said NC State is looking for a kicker. So the Orange (Calif.) Servite prospect decided to stop by Raleigh as well and that's where he picked up his first offer.
"I was going to camps at UNC and Duke anyway so I might as well swing by NC State," Loftus said.
"So I went by NC State and it was really great, a great experience at NC State and the coaches were awesome there and then after that they offered. I was booming them at the camp."
NC State is still high on the list for Loftus, who recently attended the Rivals.com Five-Star Academy at UCLA, but many other schools are showing lots of interest. Still, the Wolfpack coaching staff made a big impression on him so they will stay under consideration as his recruitment continues.
"I'm interested in them," said Loftus, who will probably punt in his senior season as well. "It's the first one. You have a connection to the first one, you feel like they've stepped up. Right now I'm all up in the air. I'm enjoying the whole process and I'm going to a lot of camps this summer."
Loftus, who hit 9 of 13 field goals last season and said kickoffs are his specialty, plans to camp at Southern Cal, Florida and LSU this summer and could also stop by Nebraska and Harvard as well. His camp schedule has not been finalized but those are the schools showing the most interest at this point.
The newest school to get involved is Kansas, which has been communicating with Loftus, a 5-foot-11, 182-pound kicker, through e-mail. A visit to see what the Jayhawks have to offer is not out of the question this summer, either.
"It's pretty preliminary with Kansas," Loftus said. "I haven't talked to any of their coaches yet but they've been e-mailing me and they're looking for a guy which is good. If they're e-mailing now it must mean they're interested because not a lot of schools have done that yet."