NC State unofficially kicked off recruiting for the class of 2012 by hosting the first major event of the year. The Pack held it's annual junior day event on Saturday and hosted roughly two dozen of North Carolina's top rising seniors. Before heading to NC State, nearly all of the juniors on hand attended a photo shoot with recruiting guru Tom Lemming at Cardinal Gibbons High School. Pack Pride recaps the players that were in attendance.
If Saturday's junior day was any indication, 2011 will be a big year for offensive linemen in the state of North Carolina. Of the 24 players on hand, seven project along the offensive line.
One of the biggest names to watch will be Ardrey Kell's Nick Davidson. His father, Jeff, was the offensive coordinator with the Carolina Panthers and is now headed to Minnesota as the offensive line coach with the Vikings. Davidson boasts offers from Stanford, Virginia Tech, NC State, South Carolina, Clemson and Maryland. Saturday's visit was important for the Wolfpack because Davidson did not know a lot about the Pack prior to his visit. Since Davidson has no favorites, an early impression is crucial for State. Because of his ability and the fact his father will be in Minnesota, we could see any of the Big 10 schools becoming a major factor at some point.
Randleman's OT Joel Suggs may not have the offers of Davidson but it's just a matter of time before he starts to pull them in. NC State, Clemson, Florida and Georgia are just a few of the schools involved and the Pack has been one of the teams showing the most interest so far. This may be a prospect to watch down the road with NC State sitting atop Vanderbilt, UNC and Duke on Sugg's favorite's list.
Charlotte Catholic OL Mark Harrell is another impressive looking lineman that has landed an early offer from Duke. NC State, Georgia Tech, Clemson and Virginia are also heavily involved. Wolfpack tight end's coach Jim Bridge is heading up his recruiting and we believe State could become the team to beat should they offer.
One of the most impressive linemen we've watched on film in a while is Burlington Williams' Jacob Ingle. He has yet to pick up an offer from the Pack but there is heavy mutual interest between the two schools. UNC also made an early impression and the leader to ultimately land him may boil down to which school pulls the trigger on an offer first. Ingle's mother had extremely kind words for the Wolfpack after the visit.
Offensive Linemen in attendance
Nick Davidson...Ardrey Kell High School...seven offers with no favorites
Brock Stadnik...Western Guilford High School...national recruit with no favorites publically
Clayton Stadnik...Western Guilford High School...has an ECU offer
Joel Suggs...Randleman High School...NC State on top
Casey Lawson...Person High School...reportedly a UNC fan
Mark Harrell...Charlotte Catholic High School...NC State on top
Jacob Ingle...Burlington Williams High School...UNC and NC State lead
The defensive line was also well represented at junior day. Roanoke Rapid's DT JJ Patterson has early offers from State, Carolina and East Carolina with Virginia Tech and Clemson on the verge of offering as well. For now, State and UNC are locked in an early battle but Patterson is close to Carolina DT Kareem Martin which has allowed him more access to the Tar Heels.
Wake Forest Rolesville's Evan Duke was a standout at NC State's camp last summer and he has emerged as a major target for the Wolfpack staff. He has yet to land an offer but State has been the most heavily involved so far. The Pack is on top of his early wish list.
K'Hadree Hooker is another of the top defensive tackles in the state and just happens to be good friends with Wolfpack commit Josh Sessoms. He made a good connection with Terrell Manning during junior day and we think State is a quiet leader for the rising senior.
Wolfpack WR Owen Spencer was a North Brunswick standout and DE Keilen Rayner is the latest prospect from that school. He has a good frame and is a player that has been on State's radar for months. The Wolfpack looks strong early and a Wolfpack offer may prove tough to beat.
Defensive Linemen in Attendance
DT K'Hadree Hooker...South Lenoir High School...NC State may be quiet leader
DE Evan Duke...Wake Forest-Rolesville...NC State is top school
DT J.J. Patterson...Roanoke Rapids High School...UNC may lead slightly over NC State
DE Keilen Rayner...North Brunswick High School...NC State on top
DE Darius Wilkins...Middle Creek High School...Clemson leads State and UNC
Here's a brief rundown of the remaining players that attended junior day
TE Daniel Beilinson...Panther Creek High School...the Wolfpack officially offered this past week and lead currently. He could potentially be an early commit which would be a good turn of events for NC State. Beilinson has impressive film and a frame that could grow into a monster tight end down the road. He is truly one of the hidden gems in North Carolina right now.
QB Kyle Farlow...Randleman High School...visited with teammate Joel Suggs. We're not sure if he's a Wolfpack target at this point.
WR Kevin Jones...Middle Creek High School...NC State was his first and only offer after he impressed at camp last summer. The Wolfpack sits near the top of his list of favorites.
S Josh Sessoms...Southern Nash High School...Sessoms is a Wolfpack commit and a very nice early pickup for NC State. He is razor thin right now and will need to gain weight but is somewhat reminiscent of West Virginia S Robert Sands at the same point in his career.
S Kamron Summers...West Iredell High School...Summers has been a frequent visitor to NC State with the Pack recruiting him as a free safety. There are no offers yet but the Pack, along with Duke, Georgia Tech, Virginia and Clemson are involved.
WR Jody Fuller...Sun Valley High School
ATH Tysean Holloway...Asheville High School
ATH Quataye Smyre...South Iredell High School
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