The first day new N.C. State basketball coach Mark Gottfried was allowed to talk to recruits, he called Torian Graham.
The timing of the call in early April made a big impression on Graham, one of the top recruits in the country who made a verbal commitment to the Wolfpack on Monday.
"He told me I was their top priority," Graham said. "That meant a lot to me."
Graham, a 6-4 shooting guard at Raleigh's Word of God, is rated as the 25th-best player in the class of 2012 by Scout.com and 45th by ESPN's Dave Telep. He averaged about 19 points per game as a junior.
Gottfried, who was hired on April 5 to replace Sidney Lowe, has four scholarships available for this season and one more will open up after the 2011-12 season.
The Wolfpack is also pursuing Graham's prep teammate T.J. Warren, a forward, and Graham's close friend, guard Rodney Purvis of Raleigh's Upper Room Academy.
"I'm going to get [Purvis] and a couple of more," Graham said. "I can recruit now."