"It was all surprising," said Woulard. "To see coach O'Brien and coach Holtz fired... I wasn't expecting that. But, I'm just exploring my options right now."
One of the first recruiting calls new Wolfpack head coach Dave Doeren made was to Woulard, informing him that NC State's offer was still on the table.
"Coach Doeren sounds like a great guy," said Woulard. "He was just as excited about me as coach O'Brien was. I know for sure they still want me and are still going to recruit me.
"He sounds like he has some great things for the future at NC State. He definitely wants to win, and he wants to turn the program around. He told me that he wants to bring them a championship."
One of the questions that NC State fans want to know is what type of offense will Doeren, a coach with a defensive background, implement in Raleigh.
At Northern Illinois his quarterbacks were the driving force of the offense, capable of moving the ball through the air but also being asked to be a weapon as a runner.
What has he said to Woulard about NC State's offensive system?
"He told me that he will run and throw with the quarterback," said Woulard. "It sounds like he wants to utilize everything that the quarterback can do. That's a lot like what I did at my high school."
The Winter Park (FL) star's stock took off earlier this year when he put in a tremendous performance at the Elite 11 camp, an event that showcases the nation's top quarterbacks. He came away with MVP honors and also landed a spot in the US Army All-American Bowl.
At 6-4, 200 pounds, Woulard is a dual-threat quarterback with a strong arm and the skills to beat you with his feet. He has an uncanny ability to keep plays alive when the pocket breaks down and shows that he can improvise on the run.
He led his team to a 4-6 record before breaking his ankle in the season finale.
With his attention focused on his recruitment, Woulard is remaining patient. He says that he is still considering South Florida and NC State and is now also being recruited by Tennessee, Arkansas, and TCU.
"I'm not sure what's goign to happen," he stated. "Like I said, I'm just exploring my options right now."