It was a last-second trip, and everything didn't work out exactly as planned, but Brunswick (Md.) quarterback Ian Fisher was able to make the trip to see NC State this weekend, one week after his originally scheduled visit had to be pushed back. The 6-foot-6, 245-pound signal caller and his mother were in Raleigh on Saturday for the Wolfpack's first scrimmage of the spring and toured the Wendell H. Murphy Football Center.
"We came down Saturday morning and started by taking a tour," he said. "I thought the facilities were ridiculous, I've seen a lot of football buildings and that building was absolutely massive. I had seen pictures of it, I had been on the virtual tour, but I never realized it was that huge. It's nice and there's a lot of good stuff in it: the locker room is really nice and the weight room is amazing, so facilities-wise, it was great.
"The only place that was probably better facilities-wise is Oregon, but that's not really a fair comparison, considering they have Nike to buy all that stuff. Even then, their building was not the same size and it was for all sports, not just football. I thought [NC State's facilities] were top-notch."
Fisher was joined on the day by a handful of other recruits and their families; and the group also got to take in the Pack's first spring scrimmage on a windy Saturday afternoon. The prep signal caller liked what he saw from the offense, and was especially pleased to see starting field general Mike Glennon in person.
"We went out to the scrimmage for a little bit and I thought it was encouraging the starter [at quarterback] was 6-6 and not a speed demon, which pretty much fits my mold," he said. "He wasn't as big as me, he's got a different build than I do, but I still thought it was encouraging. I liked it all, it was a good trip and I was impressed."
Fisher and his mom tried to drive around campus at the conclusion of his first unofficial visit to NC State, but they were only able to find their way to the College Inn, where many of the football players live. He was equally impressed by the athletes' living quarters, although he did not get to fully check out the campus.
"The College Inn was really nice and it was ridiculously huge, too," he said. "The rule is you can't have a football-only dorm, but it pretty much is [an athletes' dorm]. We didn't go inside of anything, but it had its own parking garage and swimming pool and I heard that the rooms are apartment-style with their own bathrooms, washers and dryers in each one."
In addition to getting lost while trying to find the school's main campus, Fisher and his mom were not able to catch their return flight and had to drive back to Maryland on Saturday night. However, Fisher was more than pleased with every other aspect of the visit and enjoyed his first chance to talk with recruiter Keith Willis on campus.
"I talked with Coach Willis a lot, we talked for a while," Fisher said. "He told me they don't offer quarterbacks off of film, they always have them come camp. He said if I come down and do what I have shown I can do on film, I wouldn't have any problem getting an offer."
Fisher also mentioned that because his mom works for United Airlines, he is able to fly anywhere for free. However, he is not guaranteed a seat on those flights and is only able to board if there is room on the plane, which results in a lot of last-second plans and unforeseen changes to those plans on occasion. Although the rising-senior doesn't know when it will be, he said he expects to be back in Raleigh again this spring.
The Pack continues to court Fisher as an athlete and he consistently lists five schools that are after his services - NC State, Duke, Maryland, James Madison and Penn State - while FCS competitor JMU is the lone verbal tender he currently holds. He has now seen all five schools in person and has previously said that he hopes to make a decision before the season kicks off, but all five schools remain even for the time being.
"The five schools that I've mentioned before are probably still pretty even," he said. "It's hard to pick one because I like all of them a lot, especially when the only offer I have out of them is JMU. Once some of the other offers come in then I'll sit down, think about the positives and negatives of each school, and try to narrow them down."
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