June 15, 2011

Pack in great shape with Adam Pankey

Hamilton (Ohio) offensive tackle Adam Pankey has been hearing from NC State for quite some time now and ranks as one of the top offensive linemen in his home state. The interest between the Wolfpack and OhioVarsity.com's No. 13 lineman in the state is mutual and the 6-foot-6, 290-pound tackle enjoyed his first long-distance unofficial visit to Raleigh last November when the Pack hosted Wake Forest in their Homecoming contest.

"They were pretty much my first out of town unofficial," Pankey remembered. "I really liked it when I came down there, the people, the staff - it was real family-oriented almost.

"I thought it was really nice, I really liked the weather and stuff. The crowd that came out pretty much sold it out when I was there and the fan base was great. I liked everything, from the statues of the wolves they have to the great facilities."

The Pack are not the only ones hot in pursuit of the big man, though. The rising-senior has garnered double-digit offers on the recruiting trail before the summer began, so is enjoying a limited camping circuit in the next few months.

"I've only been to one camp, which is Ohio State camp," he said. "I'm going to Wisconsin on the 20th and those are going to be the only two camps that I go to.

"I have offers from all the MAC schools, except for Kent State and NIU. Also, Marshall, Louisville, West Virginia, Pittsburgh, Illinois and NC State."

Don Horton, the former offensive line coach who is now mentoring the tight ends, is in charge of Pankey's recruitment from the Midwest.

"I like him a lot, I think he's a great offensive line coach and he seems like he cares about me a lot," Pankey said.

The imposing front liner mentioned that he wasn't sure which position the Pack wanted him for, some schools project him to tackle while others like him at guard, but he didn't seem to have a preference. However, the prep tackle did add that he has recently sprouted up to 6-6.

"I'm just a big, physical guy that likes to get nasty and hit people," the three-star recuit said.

The standout on the gridiron is also ultra-successful in the classroom, reporting a 3.5 GPA. When asked if he would make a return trip to Raleigh, he sounded confident in his answer.

"Yeah, I'm pretty sure I will be [making a return trip to NC State]," he said. "It will probably be an official visit."

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