Feb. 5, 2014
RALEIGH, N.C. - It’s National Signing Day - the day that is like Christmas, New Year’s and Mardi Gras rolled into one for college football coaches across the country. Today, Wolfpack Nation is learning all about the newest members of the NC State squad, but what is this day like for the players who are making their commitments to NC State official today?
TandTu, Jack Tocho and Joe Thuney, reminisce about their signing day. JT’s was just a year ago, while JTu is three years out from the day he signed with the Wolfpack.
“On my signing day, we officially signed the papers in the morning and faxed them over. But then I got out of my last class that afternoon and we had a little ceremony. They set up a table with a couple of banners and a lot of people came - my mom and dad, my siblings, my grandparents and some other family, my friends and just a bunch of random kids who wanted to get out of class early. Since I was the class president I made the announcements each morning and afternoon so I made sure everybody was aware that it was signing day! It was cool.
“On signing day there was that feeling for one minute that I was signing your life away and wondering if I was making the right choice, especially since I was going so far from home. But I haven’t regretted my decision.
“The whole recruiting process was hectic with coaches always calling me at night. It was weird getting calls from all these coaches knowing that I was hearing from coaches that played against each other. I knew that whichever school I chose, I would end up playing against some of the coaches I was talking to.
“Since I’ve been here, signing day has been interesting to me because each year’s class makeup is different. I might look at their stats and bios, but what I’m really interested in is the day to day stuff like how they approach the weight room, how hard they work, and what kind of teammates they are going to be.”
“The thing I remember most about signing day was just feeling so relieved. To finally be able to put my name on that paper was a huge, huge step in my life. I knew all through high school that I wanted to go to college and play football, but until I signed that letter of intent, I couldn’t really believe it.
“The whole recruiting process was really hectic, especially during the second semester of my junior year. Every school you can imagine came to the school to talk to me. I was overwhelmed with all of the attention I was getting. At the same time, it was difficult to trust a school that was saying they wanted me. Anybody can say they want you but if they don’t make the offer it doesn’t mean anything.
“I committed to NC State the summer before my senior year and it was kinda scary when I found out we were going to have a new coaching staff. I was worried that the new staff wouldn’t want me but they let me know right away that they’d honor my commitment. As soon as the word spread that the old staff was gone, my high school coaches told me I could decommit but I said I would stick it out. I felt like I was OK to trust the new staff because they told me immediately that I was still part of the plan.
“We both stuck to our commitment and I’m happy with how it turned out.
“I’ve hosted two recruits this year and they both had questions about what it was like here - mostly about playing and the atmosphere and how the coaches treat us. They must have liked my answers because they’re both supposed to sign tomorrow.
“Last year’s signing day was much more fun for me, because tomorrow, I have to get up at 5 a.m. for a 5:45 a.m. workout!