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June 25, 2012

Patrick Roane pulls the trigger

Hope Mills (N.C.) Grays Creek offensive tackle Patrick Roane earned his tender from NC State following a stand out performance at camp on Saturday afternoon. He didn't need long to make his decision, and he informed the Wolfpack coaches of his desire to run with the Pack on Monday afternoon.

"I realized that NC State was going to be the best choice for me in the long run and I just really wanted to live the dream," he said. "I've always wanted to commit to NC State."

Roane let offensive line coach Jim Bridge know of his desire to commit, and the coach who has recruited him for over six months was elated to get the second front-line protector in the class of 2012. The 6-foot-7, 291-pounder also marks the 13th overall commit, and the eighth in-state pledge.

"He was really excited, Coach Bridge was extremely excited," Roane said. "He was extremely proud, and he was really, really happy that I'm going to be a member of the Pack."

The tackle also spoke with head coach Tom O'Brien after making his choice.

"He's happy, too, and said he can't wait to see my walking the halls of the facility and to help me work on my strength, so I can perform at my best level," he said.

Roane, who also earned offers from Old Dominion and North Carolina A&T, while other programs, such as Duke, East Carolina and Appalachian State, were interested, said he is solid to NC State.

"I'm sure that this is it," he said. "This is kind of a one-stop road for me, I'm not even going to consider other schools."

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