Right after Thanksgiving last week Brock Ruble make the trip from Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha to N.C. State for his third and final official visit. The stand out offensive tackle named a top three after learning a lot about what the Wolfpack is all about.
"I enjoyed N.C. State," said the 6-foot-8, 321-pound Ruble. "I had a good time there. I got to be around the people, the new staff. The game obviously didn't go the way N.C. State wanted it to but my whole experience there was a positive one.
"I would have to say the kind of family feel I got there really stands out," he said. "I went up on Friday, the day after Thanksgiving. They put on this little Thanksgiving thing for the boys. A lot of the family members came in too. A few of the coaches brought their wife and kids. Having all of that going on the day before a game when everyone is usually in the zone was cool. That really stuck with me after the visit."
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Like Ruble said, the game against Maryland didn't go N.C. State's way but the Wolfpack still showed Ruble some things he liked.
"Honestly N.C. State has had their fair share of struggles on the field and they weren't shy about telling me that," Ruble said. "There were a lot of injuries they've had to overcome. The best part of the game was seeing the guys still playing really hard and the coaches never stopped either. They were still fired up and trying to get the boys going. That was probably the most impressing thing that I saw."
Oddly enough N.C. State coaches were in Maryland on Monday and ruble got to host some of the N.C. State coaches at his house.
"Because my commute from DeMatha is so long the coaches got to my house before I did," he said. "We talked for about 30 minutes before they left. The echoed what they've been saying the whole time when it comes to how early I could get on the field and how much they need me to be a part of this class. They have a lot of commits at a lot of different position but no tackles. There would be an opportunity for me to start right away."
Maryland and Florida State round out Ruble's top three but it's tough to figure out which one has the lead.
"I talked coach Sal yesterday after the visit and caught up with him," said Ruble. "I'll probably talk to a Maryland coach this week. Everything is still wide open with those three and the official visits didn't make it any easier. Florida State, Maryland and N.C. State are the top three at this point."
By the beginning of next week, all three of Ruble's top schools will have had an in-home visit with Ruble and his family.
"I have an in-home visit from Maryland on Wednesday and Florida State on Monday," he said. "Coaches might be in and out from there. Now it's time for me to sit down and think about where I want to go to school. All of the visits are over now and it's time for me to get ready to make the biggest decision of my life. I can't really give a timeline but everything is winding down."