NC State is looking for some help at defensive end in the Class of 2011 and one of the names on the Pack's recruiting board is Logan Daughtry.
Daughtry, a 6-4, 240-pound prospect from Fort Mill (SC) Nation Ford, is still waiting for his first offers of the recruiting process but he has generated a good amount of interest from colleges thus far.
Through four games in the 2010 season Daughtry has been very impressive, recording 35 tackles, six tackles for loss, three sacks, two more quarterback hurries, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. He bench presses 375 pounds, power cleans 290, squats 400 pounds and has a 40-yard dash time of 4.8 seconds. His father, Wilson Daughtry, spoke with Pack Pride recently about his son's progress thus far in his senior season.
"This season's been very good for him," his father said. "This is just the school's fourth season having split with Fort Mill high school.
"He went to several camps and combines [this summer] and received recognition from NC State, Wake Forest, UNC and some other schools like Appalachian State, Furman and Wofford. Basically his pass rush is really strong. He's obviously a big guy and he's been getting a sack about every game. He's just really explosive off the corner using his strength and obviously his speed has increased. He's dropped his forty [time] down and maintaining a weight of 240. Probably the most improvement I've seen is really his technique. He's got a nice rip move and a nice swim move."
Daughtry didn't slow down after summer camps. He has already attended games at NC State, Appalachian State, the Citadel and Furman this season. He was at NC State's game against Western Carolina on September 4, and the visit was a very positive experience for him according to his dad.
"[They liked] the first rate facilities and the coaching staff is excellent, just outstanding," his father said. "[Coach] Jim Bridge had lunch with us and we really enjoyed his company. He's a great coach. We got to go out on the field and visit with some of the players pregame. Sitting in the stands with the fans, they're just second to none.
"[Coach] Bridge sent an e-mail after the game. I think [Daughtry] is one of their top recruits for that position. I think NC State's got a need for defensive ends. It seems like they've got a few seniors ready to graduate according to [Bridge]. We're at the point now where we're mailing senior film from this season. I've got video being cut from the first four games so far."
Though much of Daughtry's future will clearly be determined simply by which schools, if any, decide to extend scholarship offers, NC State is one they would definitely love to hear more from.
"We're definitely interested in NC State," his father continued. "We'd put that [school] right up there at the top for us. Wake Forest has also expressed a lot of interest as well, but we like NC State a lot."
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