NOTE: The players on this list are presented in no particular order.
1. LB Anthony Harrell...6-3, 215 pounds...Freedom HS, Tampa, FL (Swepson)
Notes...[NEW ENTRY] NC State has steadily moved up Harrell's list and a recent visit to Raleigh helped solidify the Pack's position. He has made a nice connection with coach Swepson and was very impressed with the Wolfpack's facilities. Harrell currently lists State and West Virginia as teams that will be in his top five when he formulates that list at a later time. He has a former teammate at Wake Forest and they could be a factor along with South Florida. UPDATE OCT 26...Harrell has already officially visited West Virginia while NC State and Vanderbilt appear to be in line for future trips. Harrell keeps his favorites quiet so it's hard to get a good read although we think State is in pretty good shape. UPDATE DEC 7....Will leave Harrell on the listing for now but not sure if State is still a major player here or not although Harrell continues to list State in his top five.
2. DE Ira McCune...6-2, 250 pounds...Hillgrove HS, Powder Springs, GA
Notes...[NEW ENTRY] We included McCune at this spot because we know State really likes him but must admit we don't know a whole lot about what he thinks of NC State. McCune reportedly also holds offers from Air Force and Illinois State. We're working to get more information on McCune and should be able to paint a better picture of his recruiting in our next report. UPDATE OCT 26...McCune visited State earlier this fall and has now made two trips to State over the last six months. He is very hard to read and gives very few clues as to where he's leaning although based on his offers, you would think State has to be a major player. It does appear likely that, should Georgia Tech offer, they will likely land him. UPDATE DEC 7....McCune has been impossible to reach so it's unknown where he stands with his recruiting currently. At this point we'll just have to keep our ears open to see if he sets an official visit with NC State.
3. CB Frankie Williams...5-10, 170 pounds...Robinson High School, Tampa, FLA
Notes...Williams is somewhat of a wildcard to this list but we included him because of his interest in the Pack. We have not verified he has a committable offer and it's possible State could fill his spot before Williams ever makes a decision. However, there's no question that the Pack is high on his list so we'll continue to list him as an option for now. UPDATE OCT 26...Williams has also made an official visit to NC State and did a great job of impressing him based on reports. He appears set on making some other trips before reaching a decision but the Pack is in decent shape. UPDATE DEC 7....Williams put recruiting on the back burner to some degree as he focused in on the playoffs. Now with his season over, look for Williams to turn his attention back to a future college. The Pack recently made an in home visit and State, along with Ole Miss and Purdue appear to be the main players. Williams has already made an official visit to State so it's probably not ideal considering the amount of time that has elapsed since that trip.
4. K Miller Snyder...6-2, 185 pounds...Myers Park, Charlotte, NC
Notes...The Pack reaffirmed it's decision to take a kicker in the class of 2011 when they extended an offer to Snyder. He currently holds offers from NC State, UNC and Wake Forest and has been accepted to Harvard. Academics will be a huge factor in his decision and he plans to major in engineering which should play to the Wolfpack's advantage. Snyder's father is also an NC State grad. Snyder officially visited NC State this weekend and for now, it appears UNC and the Wolfpack are the two main players.
5. LB Mike Rose...6-3, 215 pounds...Hillcrest HS, Simpsonville, SC (Bridge)
Notes...The Pack was Rose's first and only offer and he is very interested in the Wolfpack. However, he makes no secret about the fact he would like to land offers from the two in-state schools, South Carolina and Clemson. Rose is slated to visit State over the summer and that visit could prove critical in the Pack's quest to land his commitment. UPDATE JULY 6...Since our last update, Rose has picked up numerous offers but State continues to be a strong option. Rose says NC State is recruiting him the hardest which is always a positive. However, pinning down an exact leader likely won't be possible until after Rose completes some visits over the summer. To date, Kentucky, West Virginia and NC State have been three of the biggest players. UPDATE OCT 26...Rose visited earlier this fall and is another guy that is tough to break down. We think State is in his top three but publicly he lists his top five as Maryland, Kentucky, NC State, West Virginia and Wake Forest. UPDATE DEC 8....Rose reportedly committed to Wake Forest following a weekend official visit. He was scheduled to visit NC State and Maryland and our sources have indicated both programs are still trying to get Rose on campus for a visit. NC State was scheduled to go in-home with Rose on Wednesday.
6. TE Drew Owens...6-6, 230 pounds...Ardrey Kell HS, Charlotte, NC (Bridge)
Notes...There's no doubt that Owens is one of the in-state prospects that NC State covets. Early on, South Carolina and UNC were the two favorites but it is believed that the Wolfpack has made up some ground. With tight end's coach Jim Bridge leading the NC State charge, it's unlikely the Pack will be out-recruited for Owens and a planned return trip to State in June will be critical for their chances to land him. UPDATE JULY 6... NC State continues to find itself in Owen's top five but identifying any particular favorite's has been impossible. The bottom line is the Pack has to win games this fall and if they do, two factors come into play. First is the work of recruiting coach Jim Bridge, a guy that is rarely out-recruited. Secondly is the Wolfpack's obvious emphasis of the tight end position. If State is able to win on the field then those two items should play to the Pack's favor. UNC, South Carolina and Clemson are the main competition currently. UPDATE OCT 26...Owens is a huge priority for NC State and have been able to hang around in his top five for most of the year. He has already made official visits to UNC and Michigan and will be at South Carolina on Oct 30 and NC State on Nov 13. Owens also likes Clemson but the Tigers appear to have cooled on him. To now, State seemingly hasn't been able to get over the hump with Owens so the November visit is crucial. UPDATE DEC 8....Owens has narrowed his list to South Carolina and NC State although he decided against previous plans to make a November commitment. It's a toss up between the two with some sources indicating the Pack as the team to beat with others suggesting USC holds the lead. For now, there are no known plans for an announcement. Owens was slated to host both schools this week for in-home visits and we could know more about his situation on Thursday or Friday.
7. OL Joe Thuney...6-5, 230 pounds...Archbishop Alter, Kettering OH
Notes...Thuney was recently offered and is very impressive on film. Although under sized currently, Thuney gets great leverage and leg drive at his offensive tackle position and shows great wheels when at defensive end. Thuney told us that he really likes the NC State coaching staff and hopes to visit soon. We should know more about him in the coming days. UPDATE DEC 7....Thuney's recruiting has blown up in the last three weeks with West Virginia offering and Michigan State, Missouri and Georgia Tech close as well. He will officially visit State next weekend and landing him now could be crucial. However, all the new-found attention may lead him to hold off for a while.
8. CB Blake Countess...5-10, 175 pounds...Good Counsel, Olney MD
Notes...Countess is a new addition after he recently listed State in his top five along with Maryland, Georgia Tech, Louisville and Purdue. He says he plans to officially visit the Pack so we'll leave him here for now until we're able to determine just how serious his interest in State really is. UPDATE DEC 7....Countess recently visited NC State and sources indicated that the trip went extremely well. However, the Pack is up against some heavy hitters so a return official visit is critical. If that were to happen, it would likely be in mid-January. The other major players are Michigan, Maryland and Georgia Tech with the Wolverines likely being the team to beat.
9. LB Stephone Anthony...6-3, 220 pounds...Anson County, Wadesboro NC
Notes...Anthony appeared signed, sealed and delivered to Florida earlier this year but things have apparently changed over the last four weeks. State really did a great job when hosting Anthony for the Virginia Tech game and seemed to move up his list to some degree. Clearly Florida can't be ruled out although distance from home has popped up as an issue recently. This may ultimately boil down to a Clemson, NC State, Virginia Tech battle if that really is the case. UPDATE DEC 7....NC State continues to hold on in the Anthony sweepstakes. He lists Florida, Virginia Tech, Clemson and NC State as his top four and plans to visit them all in January with the Pack getting the final crack at him. UNC is also pushing for a visit with him in January but appear to be on the outside looking in currently. For now, smart money would appear to be on VT and Florida but we wouldn't count out Bridge and the Pack just yet.
10. TE Benson Browne...6-6, 240 pounds...Walnut Hills, Cincinnati OH
Notes...Browne is another player that we're mentioning for now although State probably has work to do to land him. It appears NC State, Illinois, Purdue, West Virginia and Louisville are the main schools to watch and he plans on visiting them all. The Pack's interest may be determined by how things play out with Drew Owens. UPDATE DEC 7....Browne officially visited State this past weekend but Pack Pride has been unable to reach him for feedback on the trip.
11. DE Chad Hannah...6-5, 220 pounds...Gaither High School, Tampa, FL
Notes...After sending his senior film to NC State, the Pack stopped by and recently offered Hannah. State is somewhat late to the party so they'll have some ground to make up. Illinois leads currently and they, along with NC State will get an official visit in January. Hannah was scheduled to visit Cincinnati this past weekend and will reportedly be at Rutgers (first to offer) next weekend.
12. OL Taylor Gadbois...6-8, 285 pounds...East Paulding High School, Dallas, GA
Notes...Gadbois is another player that State recently offered and it appears there's some reciprocal interest on Gadbois' part. He also holds offers from Georgia Tech, Michigan State and Kentucky and the Jackets have been pressing him to commit. So far he has fought off the urge. Gadbois will be on an official visit to Kentucky this weekend. This may be a guy to keep an eye on and getting an official visit soon could pay dividends.
13. LB Britton Grier...6-2, 205 pounds...West Charlotte (NC) High School
Notes...Grier made an early commitment to Duke but State stayed in touch and has ramped up their interest level over the last several weeks. It is unknown at this point how serious Britton is about NC State but it's clear the Pack is going all out to steal him.
14. OL Donovan Smith...6-7, 280 pounds...Owings Mill (MD) High School
Notes...It was a nice accomplishment for State to get Smith in for an official visit and by all accounts, the visit went extremely well. Smith was scheduled to visit UCLA this past weekend but they are considered a long shot. For now, Penn State appears to be the team to beat with Michigan State trailing close behind. Unless something bizarre happens, it would come as a shock if he were to choose NC State.
15. WR Dexter Bridge...6-2, 185 pounds...Conestoga HS, Berwyn, PA
Notes...[NEW ENTRY] The Pack has been onboard with Bridge for quite a while with an offer as has Illinois. A recent interview with fellow wide receiver target Stanton Seckinger revealed that State would like to take two big wideouts in the class of 2011 and Bridge would appear to fit the bill physically. He has shied away from naming particular favorites and seems intent to wait the process out a while to see if any additional schools decide to offer. This is a player that could rapidly move up this list or fall off completely depending on what transpires over the next two months. UPDATE DEC 7....We had removed Bridge from this list because of the thought that State would land Stanton Seckinger. We put him back for now because we know State wants to add a pure wide receiver to this class. We'll have to track down some updated info on Bridge to determine whether he'll remain on this list.
16. DE Desmond Floyd...6-5, 230 pounds...Union County (SC) High School
Notes...Floyd is a player that State was on heavily earlier in the year and appeared to be in pretty decent shape. However, Wake Forest was able to secure his commitment after an unofficial visit. For now, Floyd is scheduled to officially visit State this coming weekend. The extent of Floyd's interest in NC State is unknown at this time.