Laney's Culler picks Wolfpack
Fri. May 10, 2013 at 10:11 p.m. | By Powell Latimer | StarNews Staff Writer
Laney junior linebacker Coult Culler talks to an N.C. State official on the phone Friday as he announced his verbal commitment to the Wolfpack in 2014. (Photo by Powell Latimer)
Coult Culler will join the Wolfpack in 2014.
The rising senior linebacker at Laney High School announced his verbal commitment on Friday afternoon to the N.C. State football program.
Culler picked State over North Carolina and East Carolina. He said the final choice came between the Wolfpack and the Tar Heels and called both sets of coaches Friday afternoon to let them know his decision. Culler said the relationship he built with the Wolfpack coaching staff was crucial in his decision.
“The relationship I built with them, the football program that they want to have and they’re going to have,” Culler said, “Their mentality.”
Culler, a 6-foot-5, 230-pound middle linebacker/fullback for Laney, was the central cog of the Buccaneers’ defense last season. He averaged 13.9 tackles per game and had 103 solo stops.
He said N.C. State hopes to use him as a middle linebacker. Given that the Wolfpack will lose three linebackers and three defensive ends to graduation after the 2013 season, he hopes to get into the mix for a starting spot early in his career.
“Hopefully I can work my way into having a starting postion as a freshman, but we haven’t got that far yet.”
Culler said he made his decision two weeks ago and didn’t want to delay the announcement until his senior year.
“It’s just wonderful to be blessed to have the ability that I’ve have with and to have the choices and the people that surround me,” Culler said. “I’m just happy to get this over with so I can get ready for what’s to come.”
Culler is the latest in a string of Laney players to commit to play Division I football. Teammates Larry Williams (offensive guard, East Carolina) and R.J. Pearsall (tight end, Elon) were seniors last fall.
“It’s pretty unbelievable,” Laney coach Greg Ditz said. “I can remember when I first took over the job and things were a bit in utter chaos. We never thought we’d ever be able to produce athletes at that level. It took us a while to build it back and we’ve established ourselves to handle some kids at that level and develop some kids at that level.”
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