- Tyler Harden
Three-star cornerback, Brandon Cisse, speaks on NC State commitment and recruiting
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Since Brandon Cisse committed to NC State on June 14, the Wolfpack have landed five commitments, including four-star safety, Daemon Fagan, and 4-star athlete, Zack Meyers.
Cisse, a six-foot, 170-pound cornerback from Lakewood High School in Sumter, South Carolina, is ranked as the No. 104 cornerback, No. 17 recruit in South Carolina, and the No. 1,038 overall recruit in the country. Cisse joined me on Instagram Live Thursday night for an interview.
NC State was a school that was involved in Cisse’s recruitment since the beginning. “That was the first school I really worked out at,” Cisse said. “I had 20-plus offers, but I didn’t worj out at any of those schools, that was just off film.
A major factor for why NC State was in Cisse’s recruitment for a long period of time was cornerbacks coach, Brian Mitchell. “Coach Mitchell, he really made it feel like home when I went,” Cisse said, “I worked out with him, so I got a feel for how he coached, and he put out some really good guys like Caleb Farley and guys like that.
The Wolfpack have welcomed in several new recruits this summer, and Cisse has been able to create bonds with his fellow NC State Commits as the season gets closer. “Javonte [Vereen], Lex [Thomas, and [Tamarcus] Cooley, those are my guys. I’m real close with all the commits really,” Cisse said. “I think everybody in this class that we got committed so far is really good.
NC State doesn’t plan on slowing down. The Wolfpack currently is ranked as the No. 46 recruiting class in the country with 11 commits. With the majority of commits coming from in-state, they’re focusing on keeping them home, but also trying to expand outside North Carolina to get some out-of-state recruits.
“Stanquan Clark, KC [Kevin Concepcion], he plays over there at Chambers. We’re trying to get a few more guys,” Cisse said. “We’re trying to get Chris Peal, another corner. Guys like that.”
Appalachian State was close to keeping Cisse in-state, as they were a school of high interest for him. “App State came a close second,” Cisse said. Cisse held 25 offers, and Arkansas and Virginia Tech were also schools he was highly interested in throughout his recruitment.
But NC State was the right opportunity for him, and once he saw the school that was best for him, he made it a done deal. “NC State was the right place for me, and that’s why I shut it down so early,” Cisse said. “Because after I visited twice, I think that’s what it was for me.”