Hegedus Hopes To Impact

Hegedus Hopes To Impact

NC State fans may not know it, but the Wolfpack coaches had to sweat it out a little bit on signing day as they awaited a signed letter of intent from Marietta (GA) Lassiter High wide receiver Charlie Hegedus.

NC State fans may not know it, but the Wolfpack coaches had to sweat it out a little bit on signing day as they awaited a signed letter of intent from Marietta (GA) Lassiter High wide receiver Charlie Hegedus.

The 6-foot-2, 195-pounder posted prolific numbers as a senior, totaling 69 catches for 1,156 yards and 12 touchdowns while leading his team to the state semifinals. The production led to a late offer from Oklahoma State, a program that has produced talented wideouts like Dez Bryant and Justin Blackmon.

"That last month before signing day was crazy," said Hegedus. "Everyone started getting my senior film and schools started flying in to see me.

"Oklahoma State offered late... it was intriguing, I actually thought about it. But, I said no to them and basically all the schools. I was attracted to them, but it just didn't feel right."

A program that flirted with offering Hegedus a scholarship was Georgia. In fact, there was some buzz on signing day that if the Bulldogs missed on a certain recruit they would offer Hegedus, but he didn't wait around to see if that would happen... he sent in his letter of intent to NC State before the other recruit even decided.

"Even if Georgia did offer I would have still signed with NC State," said Hegedus. "I knew throughout the whole process the situation with them. I was talking to them in December. They were talking about offering but were waiting on a JUCO guy... they told me he was going to decide on signing day.

"But, I kept thinking about it and NC State had been on me since the summer when I committed. They were loyal to me and recruited me hard the whole time so I knew I wanted to go there."

Hegedus also enjoyed following the Wolfpack throughout the 2011 season.

It was fun," he said. "They started out slow but picked everything up. They went out and beat Clemson then won the bowl game. To me, the Maryland game was big with how they came back to win that one."

NC State must replace there wideouts from last year's team so he believes he could see the field as a true freshman.

"The coaches want me to come in ready to play," he said. "They don't want to redshirt me, so I need to be in shape and ready to learn the offense.

"I lift once a day and do the conditioning program they gave us. I also work with a trainer everyday and do my routes to prepare. Right now I'm about 197, but I'm hoping to be above 200 when I get up there."

Helping Hegedus prepare is teammate Niles Clark, who also signed with the Wolfpack. A talented corner, Clark has pushed Hegedus to get better.

"We've gone against each other for six years and it's just made me a better player," said Hegedus. "Going against another D-1 makes it much easier when it's time for the game. He has helped me a lot."

Hegedus is set to enroll this weekend and has one goal in mind.

"I want to get on the field. I'm hoping to come in and be able to play right away." <

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