Name: Nathan Mageo
Junior College: New Mexico Military Institute
Position: Defensive Tackle
Notes: After an official visit to Hawaii, it appeared New Mexico Military Institute defensive tackle Nathan Mageo knew where he planned to continue his college football career. However, he followed through on an earlier promise to make an official visit to NC State and that decision helped pave the way for the Wolfpack’s latest commitment.
“Yes sir, I committed to NC State,” said Mageo. “I liked the facilities, the program, the coaches and really, everything. The players were great. I looked at the playing time but it wasn’t that big of a deal. I know I’m going to go there and compete and that’s the big thing. Competition, that’s what I want.”
At 6-4 an 285 pounds, Mageo has been instrumental in clogging the middle of the New Mexico defensive line. In nine games, Mageo faced constant double teams at nose tackle, but he still managed to total 26 tackles, 12 tackles for a loss, and 2.5 sacks.
With the Pack set to lose Antoine Holmes and Keith Willis Jr. after the 2008 season, landing replacements that could contribute immediately was a must.
Special team’s coach Jerry Petercuskie headed up Mageo’s recruiting and he was paired up with DE Markus Kuhn during his official visit to NC State. A native of America Samoa, Mageo enjoyed being hosted by a player foreign to the United States.
“Markus Kuhn hosted me and I could really relate to him because he’s from another country. I’m glad I had him as a host because he told me everything about NC State. He told me I just have to work hard.”
Mageo added that his commitment to NC State is firm and he has no plans to look at any other schools.
“I’m enrolling in January and will have three to play two. I’m done with recruiting and I’m not taking any more visits.”
Scouting Report: "Heading into 2009, defensive tackle is a major need for NC State and the Pack took a big step in addressing that when they landed a recent verbal commitment from Roswell (NM) New Mexico Military Institute standout Nathan Mageo.
"At 6-4 and 280 pounds, Mageo has adequate size for a defensive tackle but what sets him apart is his technique and non-stop motor. On film, Mageo consistently keeps a good pad level and does a tremendous job of getting under the offensive linemen. He's able to then use his strength to shed blockers which allows him to disrupt plays in the offensive backfield.
"Although Mageo moves fairly well, it's at the point of attack where he'll be most effective for NC State. He is able to occupy blockers and eat up space which should mesh well with defensive coordinator Mike Archer's philosophy. Because the Pack will be so thin at defensive tackle next season, Mageo will likely be counted on for early contributions and he certainly appears to have the talent to make that happen." -- Pack Pride Recruiting Analyst Steve Williams