Commitment Takes a "Routine" Trip to Raleigh

Lemarte McGhee

NC State's first commitment from the Class of 2004 came last year on signing day. Lemarte McGhee announced his decision last year as the 2003 signees were inking for NC State. After nearly a year, Lemarte has stayed with his choice despite interest from other schools. This weekend, he made an official visit to Raleigh.

Lemarte McGhee slipped down to Raleigh nearly a year after his commitment to the Pack to take his official visit. However, it was not his first.

"I went to State this weekend. I've been 15 or 16 times," said McGhee. "I hung out with the players and stuff like that. We had a team schedule we used."

Lemarte being a frequent visitor to Raleigh has enabled him to get to know a few of the Pack players well.

"I met with Richard Washington, Chris Hawkins, Renaldo Moses, Dwayne Herndon," said Lemarte. "I met with about 40 players. Me and TA are real cool."

Lemarte was not the only prospect in for a visit this weekend. Florida players, Brent Schaeffer, Aaron Jones and Tony Joiner were there with McGhee along with a few other big names. We asked McGhee if there was any talk of commits from any other layers while he was there. "Not really. They have other choices right now. State was one of them though," stated Lemarte. "They all were trying to narrow things down. Where to go to school, where they get the most playing time… that kind of stuff."

McGhee also saw fellow recruit Tyler Lewis this weekend. "I talked to Tyler Lewis. I committed before him last year," said McGhee. "He is ready to come too. His father told me he wanted to play baseball there."

Lemarte continues to work toward qualifying. According to the Person DE, he needs a few more points on his SAT and will need to get a qualifying score before he is able to attend NC State.

"I have to qualify first. If qualify I want to get on up there as soon as school is over with and try to get to class early. I am short on my SAT right now," McGhee told StateFans.

We asked McGhee if there was a back-up plan in place in case he comes up short on the SAT. "They (NC State coaches) have talked about me going to Hargrave, but I am going to qualify," declared McGhee. "I have taken the SAT a lot, and I will take it again March 27th."

McGhee is enjoying a solid senior year in basketball for Person High School. "Right now we are 10-7," McGhee told StateFans. "I am averaging 15 points and 12 rebounds."

Does Lemarte see himself playing for Herb Sendek in the future? "I might play at State, but I don't know. I haven't decided," said McGhee. "Depends on how much I grow this year. I'm 6-7 and still growing."

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