Kettering (Ohio) Archbishop Alter offensive tackle Joe Thuney
took an unofficial visit to NC State over the weekend and came away with a great impression of the football program.
Thuney, a 6-5, 230-pound offensive lineman, made the trip with his father and he had only positive things to say about what he saw over the weekend when Pack Pride caught up with him. He would have liked to have been in town a little longer but that will come later in the process.
"I got into town around 11 a.m. in Raleigh," Thuney recalled. "We took a flight from Dayton to Charlotte and then to Raleigh, and we got to the game around noon.
"I liked it a lot. I was really impressed. The stadium looked really nice. It holds a lot of people. The whole student section was there an hour early. I was really impressed with the facilities since they're all updated and new. I saw the coaches' offices and they all looked really neat and orderly, just high class. I was just impressed with it overall."
So impressed, in fact, that the thought of verbally committing to the Wolfpack even crossed his mind.
"I thought about it," he admitted. "But I thought it would be better to wait and take an official (visit). I only went with my dad and I didn't get to see the campus. There was a time crunch and we only went to the stadium and then back to the hotel. We were exhausted and it was dark outside.
"I thought about it and decided it would be good to see the campus first, talk to some of the counselors about academics and talk to the rest of the coaching staff. It was game day and they were pressed for time with that, so I figured it would be best to wait for my official visit."
Thuney picked up an offer from the Pack last month, and he also has offers from Buffalo, Vanderbilt and Youngstown State. In addition to those schools Thuney said he has been receiving varying degrees of interest from West Virginia, Georgia Tech, Wake Forest, Michigan, Notre Dame and Missouri.
He does not have any plans to visit any other schools but said he will most likely be taking an official to NC State.
"I was impressed with the coaches and I talked to a couple of the players, who had nothing but good things to say," he said. "I think I'll take an official there to see if that's the right place for me."
For now Thuney's focus is on his senior season at Archbishop Alter. He and his teammates have posted a 10-2 record and are in the regional finals of the state playoffs.
Kettering (OH) OL Joe Thuney talks with Pack Pride about his visit to NC State for the Pack's win over Wake Forest
OL Joe Thuney talks with Pack Pride about his visit to NC State for the Pack's win over Wake Forest.