June 16, 2011

Camp stop improves Pack's standing with Alt

NC State's one-day football camps kicked off last Friday and one of the first campers was center prospect Tyler Alt from Greensburg (Pa.) Central Catholic. The 6-foot-3, 275-pounder plays tackle at the high school level but knows he is best suited to play on the interior line in college so has been working on his snapping skills from the pivot for the past year. He got his chance to perform in front of the Pack coaches last week and thought he did well.

"Coach [Jim] Bridge said after one-on-ones that I demonstrated everything he was looking for in a center and the offensive coordinator [Dana Bible] told me after their three camps, they are going to get back to me and tell me if I have an offer or not," Alt said. "I think I did great at the camp, I think I'll get offered. At one-on-ones, they put me up against some of their top defensive people, they would pull me out to go against them. I did real good in one-on-ones so I'm looking for an offer from them."

Alt enjoyed his time at the camp and said the Pack have improved their standing in his recruitment after he got the chance to see everything first-hand.

"I liked how their stadium and practice field are so close together," he said. "The training room and weight room are great.

"We went down to the main stretch of town, got a shirt and everything in one of the stores. We walked around looking for the stores and saw a lot of the dorms and buildings, they looked real nice. We ate at a Jimmy John's on the main strip."

Alt is ready to start his senior season, where he will probably play offensive tackle again out of necessity, but doesn't want the recruiting process to stretch into the school year. His high school coach has informed him that Kent State and Temple have offered, but he has not been told that directly by any of the college coaches, so he is not claiming tenders yet.

"I want to make a decision by the end of summer so I can just focus on my senior year in the fall," the two-time all-state selection said.

Alt has already camped at Duke and took part in Purdue's event on Monday while also stopping by the campuses of Wake Forest and Kentucky on visits. He will camp at Indiana tomorrow.

"I'm hoping for Duke to [offer], I'm hoping for Purdue to [offer] tomorrow and Indiana, too," he said. "All the camps I decided to go to are camps I thought I could get an offer out of."

Although an offer from another program can obviously change things, the Pack is in great shape right now. Alt said the distance between his home in Greensburg, Pa. and Raleigh wouldn't be a big factor because the weather is so nice that it offsets any disadvantage.

"It'd be nice to get away and you can't go wrong with the Carolinas," he said. "I like the weather.

"[NC State] is one of my top, top schools - top three, maybe even the top school. I was real impressed."

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