Monday, April 9, 2012

Red carpet leads to N.C. State for Scotty McCreery

Students react to American Idol winner & homegrown country singer’s decision to attend next fall

Scotty McCreery

© NCSU Student Media 2012

Scotty McCreery, winner of “American Idol”, sings the National Anthem before the N.C. State – Central Michigan Football game in Carter Finley Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011. The marching band, along with many fans, sang McCreery “happy birthday” in honor of his 18th birthday, after the Anthem. McCreery will attend the University next fall. Photo by Kevin Cook.

With graduation only a couple of months away, college applications have been sent, and high school seniors are making the difficult choice of where to spend the next four plus years of their lives.

Scotty McCreery chose N.C. State.

McCreery is more than a local celebrity—he won last season’s American Idol and has since embarked on major tours and produced his first country album, Clear as Day. McCreery applied to four schools across North Carolina and Tennessee and ultimately decided to join the Wolfpack. N.C. State is his father’s alma mater, which some suspect had something to do with his choice of school. A report from CMT Radio said McCreery is considering transferring to a school in Nashville after two years in Raleigh. But until then, many students are relishing the thought of running into America’s idol in the Brickyard or D.H. Hill or sitting beside him in lecture or on the Wolfline. McCreery’s attendance is analogous to athletes who study at the University while nationally recognized for playing a sport. But even basketball superstar Scott Wood has assimilated into the role of student when on campus, and he indicates that Scotty will be able to as well. “Scotty will fit in just fine,” Wood said. “He will be able to come and enjoy his time here at N.C. State and get a great education.” Others aren’t as star-struck by McCreery’s coming to Wolfpack country. Audrey Lait, a junior from Garner, attended Garner Magnet High School with McCreery and knew him before he became a household name. “Most people knew who he was because he was involved in a lot,” Lait said. She said that as a freshman he participated in musicals and theatrical productions, probably recruited for the uniquely deep voice that has contributed to his early success in country music. Lait said Garner Magnet High had to make some changes when McCreery returned to school after the Idol finale, according to her younger sister Emily who attends Garner Magnet. She wondered if the University might have to enforce similar regulations. “He wasn’t allowed to sign autographs during school hours,” Lait said. “It will be interesting to see how people react.” Jackson Smith, a freshman who played a leading role in University Theatre’s production of Rent this past winter, was excited by the prospect of performing alongside McCreery in future plays and musicals. “It’d be intimidating at first, but I’d have to remember that he’s just another student here,” Smith said. “He’s probably looking for the same enriching experience that I am.” Other students were unimpressed by McCreery’s decision to attend NCSU, including sophomore Hussein Sharafi. “I don’t even know who that is,” Sharafi said. McCreery said in a WRAL report in January that since winning American Idol he has made an effort to regain some sense of normalcy in his teenage life, even if that just means paying tribute to his former job of bagging groceries. “I do the self-checkout, so I can see if I still got it,” McCreery told WRAL. Regardless of McCreery’s fame, the student body will surely accept the budding star and make him feel as welcome as any other incoming freshman when classes begin next fall. Marlee Mattson, a freshman in elementary education, said she plans to do exactly that. “It has been exciting to watch a hometown boy rise to stardom and still stay true to who he is,” Mattson said. “I know my Wolfpack family will do its best to give him the privacy and respect that he deserves and convince him that he made the right decision and that there truly is no place like N.C. State University.”


  1. different article from what was posted earlier????

  2. I really like the "vibes" of this article. I had some concerns about Scotty attending college, so I gave a big sigh of relief when he decided to go to NC State where he has some good friends to help him integrate into college life. With tours, solo events, new album, writing new songs, and keeping up with college assignments plus you know he will be attending as many football games as possible, he is going to be one busy, busy guy. I do think that with Scotty's great personality and down-to-earth demeaner, the other students will accept him as "one of their own" and this is exactly what he wants. I mean really....who could not love this guy? Am so looking forward to his next album and hearing some of Scotty's original songs. I never knew being a "Fan of Scotty" was going to be so exciting!


  3. I hope Scotty hasn't bit off more then he can chew,I don't know how he is gooding to fit all this into his life.They want him playing sports,joining the drama club,in musicals,I don't know how.

  4. I will be visiting NCSU this Friday with my daughter. She has been admitted into the school of management. Excited that she has this opportunity. I wish the best for all the incoming freshman in Fall 2012!

  5. So happy that our Scotty has finally made the choice of college to go to. That; problem is now out of the way. He is young and intelligent. He'll be successful in what ever he wants to pursue as he has very supportive parents, family, friends and fans. Congratulations, Scotty.

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  6. i think scotty will do just fine with this schedule . i dought he will be able to get to involved in plays and to many clubs . i heard he was going part time so he can also persue his career . as long as he puts out great music he will be fine . not sure if he can fit any major tours with other artist in thats kind of a shame but he is only 18 and not ready to leave his soft soft to land which is home . he has managed to juggle this year very well .enjoy school scotty your fans love you.

  7. Go Scotty and Go Pack

  8. I'm sure he will be on more major tours with other big country artists, especially after the success of this tour with Brad! Like Scotty says, "a whole other monster" #jugglingact - So he's right to go into this slow and keep the balance.

  9. I ditto the above comments and just want to add that I just LOVE this picture of Scotty! I want him to become this huge country star, but above all I want him to be happy, as happy as he looks in this picture. And I believe that he´ll stay happy by balancing music career with private life, education and sports. Smart kid!


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