Mark Gottfried's first move is a big one.
The new NC State coach landed a key piece of the Pack's 2012 recruiting puzzle, as Torian Graham (Durham, N.C./Pace) made an unofficial visit to the school and committed to the Pack over Florida State and Kentucky on Monday. Graham is ranked No. 45 in the Super 60 and is the 10th-ranked shooting guard.
"It means a lot to me to stay home," Graham said. "I can see my family, and they can come to my games. It's always been my dream to play in front of them. I can think I can help NC State build a good program and win a national championship."
To win a national championship, Graham won't be able to do it alone. He'll need help, and he was quick to point out his duties as a future member of the Pack. He wants Rodney Purvis (Raleigh, N.C./Upper Room Christian Academy), who's the top-ranked shooting guard in the Super 60 and No. 10 in the Class of 2012, to join him.
"[Gottfried] felt that if I commit, we could get other big-time players to come like Rodney Purvis and T.J. Warren [No. 51 in the Super 60 and No. 12 small forward]. I kind of started it basically," Graham said.
Once the coach was hired, Graham quickly became a key target of the Pack and made frequent visits to the campus.
The offer to and subsequent commitment of a local product reinforces the notion that Gottfried intends to work the state of North Carolina hard. In his first month, offers went out to a host of prospects, including 2013 guard Anton Gill (Raleigh, N.C./Ravenscroft), 2013 center Kennedy Meeks (Charlotte, N.C./West Charlotte) and Warren (Durham, N.C./Word of God), the son of a former Pack player.
For Graham, the thought of possibly picking the Pack slipped into his mind during the season and was reinforced by Gottfried.
"When I started coming to the games, I felt comfortable in the arena. But I felt real comfortable with the situation when I met Coach Gottfried. He's laid-back, and I could be myself around him," Graham said.
Graham started his career at Durham's Hillside and played last season for Word of God before moving on to Pace Academy in Chapel Hill. He's not sure where he'll finish his senior season.
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