Pack Pride's Top 10 Recruiting Board

Pack Pride breaks down the ten players showing the most interest in NC State.

NC State has hit the home stretch of recruiting for the class of 2013. Wolfpack head coach Dave Doeren and staff have been busy on the recruiting trail with several new names surfacing as major prospects for the Pack. Pack Pride breaks down 10 of the players State appears to have the best shot of landing. NC State is expected to take between 8-10 more commitments for the upcoming class.

Commitment Rating Guide:
90-100...State leads or has above average chance of commitment
80-89...State in top two or three, commitment chances are average
70-79...State in top five, some uncertainty on commitment chances but will visit
60-69...State in the hunt but must overcome other schools
50-59...Uphill battle or we have lack of information

1. DB Malcolm Means...6-2, 190 pounds...Lewisville High School...Richburg (SC)...Kitchings...Potential Commitment Rating....96
Notes...Very high on State and the fact they offered first should pay dividends. UNC has since offered. Means could commit during his visit to State.

2. DL Khairi Bailey...6-3, 240 pounds...Morgan Park High School, Chicago (ILL)...Nielsen...Potential Commitment Rating....94
Notes...scheduled to officially visit Jan 11 and it's very possible he could commit. If he doesn't, Bailey plans to visit Colorado State the following weekend. He's also considering Michigan State and Arizona State.

3. TE Troy Fumagalli...6-5, 225 pounds...Waubonsie Valley High School...Aurora (ILL)...Nielsen...Potential Commitment Rating....92
Notes...Fumagalli committed to Wisconsin as a walk-on with the opportunity to earn a scholarship. NC State has offered so it's hard to imagine he would turn down a full ride for a walk-on position. Of course, there's always a chance Wisconsin could offer.

4. LB Devaris Brunson...6-0, 205 pounds...Lake City (SC) High School...Kitchings...Potential Commitment Rating....92
Notes...Grades have improved and State has ramped up their interest. He will visit on Jan 25 and sources have indicated he could flip from his East Carolina commitment. Current Wolfpack commit Jerod Fernandez has been in his ear of late.

5. DB Sean Paul...6-0, 180 pounds...Vero Beach (FL)...McNutt...Potential Commitment Rating....91
Notes...Paul likes Wake Forest, Louisville and NC State but we just have a feeling that the Pack could land him during his official visit on Jan 11. If he doesn't then a potential trip to Louisville could become tricky for State.

6. WR Marquez Valdes...6-3, 185 pounds...Lakewood High School...St Petersburg (FL)...Jackson...Potential Commitment Rating....90
Notes...Valdes is another player we feel the Pack could land during his official visit on Jan 11. However, Valdes has tweeted that his mother wants him at South Florida so that may be something to consider.

7. WR Jeff Badet...5-11, 160 pounds...Freedom High School, Orlando (FL)...Jackson...Potential Commitment Rating....90
Notes...Badet is a former USF commit that State has come on strong for in recent weeks. He hasn't said it but we just have a gut feeling that the Pack can land him on his Jan 25 visit. Wake Forest and Kentucky are making huge pushes as well.

8. S Josh Jones...6-2, 202 pounds...Western High School, Walled Lake (MI)...recruiter unknown...Potential Commitment Rating....90
Notes...He is tentatively scheduled to visit next weekend but the fact he hasn't had an in-home visit with any of the State coaches yet makes us wonder. We'll leave him here for now since sources tell us that he could very well flip to State from his Illinois commitment but with the caveat that he could fall on this board.

9. DT Kenton Gibbs...Cass Technical High School...Detroit (MI)...Faulkner?...Potential Commitment Rating....88
Notes...Gibbs originally committed to Illinois and he likes them but Pittsburgh and NC State have come on strong. We think State is the sleeper here. Gibbs will visit State on Jan 18.

10. DE Jaylen Miller...6-3, 265 pounds...Gaffney (SC) High School...Kitchings...Potential Commitment Rating....86
Notes...A recent offer from Tennessee could muddy the waters for NC State but we worry if the Pack's late visit date of Feb 2nd may hurt. The question may be whether he's still available by the time his visit roles around. Wake Forest, Maryland and Georgia Tech are also in line for official visits.

Worth Watching

QB Asiantii Woulard...Winter Park (FL) High School ...Potential Commitment Rating....85...has already visited State, considering NCS, UK, USF and FLA

DE Reggie Meant...Ida Baker High School...Cape Coral (FL)...Potential Commitment Rating....85...favors Iowa ST but will visit State on Jan 25. He could potentially move way up this list

WR Johnathan Alston...Bunn (NC) High School ...Potential Commitment Rating....85...State is still recruiting but grades have become a concern. He could be a sign and place.

DT Kingsley Opara...Mandarin High School....Jacksonville (FL)...Potential Commitment Rating....83...Maryland commit that could visit on Jan 11. May be tough to pull him away but he has expressed concerns about playing in the Big 10.

DT Deadrin Senat...Immokalee (FL) High School ...Potential Commitment Rating....80...State is a late entry for the former FSU commit. FSU, NCS and SCAR are the primary teams but that could change.

DE Demetrius Cooper...Julian High School...Chicago (ILL)...Potential Commitment Rating....75...He is a Michigan State commitment and we thought he was going to visit next weekend but family obligations prevented that. He says he will still try to reschedule but overcoming MSU may be tough.

OL Malik Thompson...Edgewater...Orlando (FL)...Potential Commitment Rating....70...we're still trying to run down info on Thompson, but he will reportedly take an official visit to NC State on January 25th.

DE Davin Bellamy...Chamblee (GA) High School ...Potential Commitment Rating....58...softened on FSU commitment after several Noles coaches departed. State has been on him heavy but they are in a battle with several heavy hitters. He is probably a long shot.

DB Dravious Wright...Vero Beach (FL)...Potential Commitment Rating....55...teammates with Sean Paul, but we don't have enough information on him right now.

DL Ruben Dunbar...Glenbard West...Glen Ellyn (ILL)...Potential Commitment Rating....50...possible NC State visit but lack of information currently.



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