Dave Mann, a 6-foot-3, 230-pound defensive end otu of Fairburn (GA) Lithonia High School, flew completely under the recruiting radar early in the process.
Mann enrolled at Lithonia in August of his senior year after leaving Our Lady of Good Mercy, a smaller, local school. Mann hoped the transfer would lead to more recruiting attention and it certainly did.
Mann totaled 50 tackles with nine sacks and an interception during his senior campaign, earning all-area honors.
He was able to land scholarship offers from programs such as NC State and West Virginia, and he selected the Wolfpack after a fall official visit.
Georgia Tech attempted to make a push for Mann a week before signing day but he remained committed to Tom O'Brien and NC State.
Mike Rose, a 6-foot-4, 215-pound athlete out of Simpsonville (SC) Hillcrest High School, has the athletic ability to play a variety of positions but will line up at defensive end for the Wolfpack.
A three-year captain on the football team, not only is Rose a great leader, but he's also a terrific athlete. He's been clocked at 10.86 in the 100-meters and was all region in the 4x100 tam on Hillcrest's track team.
Rose lined up at defensive end, linebacker, and safety for Hillcrest throughout his career, and totaled 86 tackles, 16 tackles for a loss, and nine sacks as a senior. He also forced six fumbles and blocked three kicks.
Rose first started to draw recruiting attention after posting 116 tackles with 10 sacks and two forced fumbles as a junior. A two-time all-region and all-county selection, Rose eventually picked the Wolfpack over offers from programs such as Wake Forest and Maryland.
Brandon Pittman hails from Raleigh (NC) Leesville Road High School, a program that has produced current Wolfpack contributors Taylor and Zach Gentry.
Pittman helped lead Leesville Road to a 9-3 record and a playoff appearance as a senior, earning co-defensive player of the year honors. He totaled 89 tackles (75 solos) and a sack during his junior campaign.
The 6-foot-3, 212-pounder was recruited by NC State to play the strongside linebacker position, a spot currently occupied by rising senior Audie Cole.
An instinctive playmaker, Pittman has a lot of physical upside and should fit well into that role.
He picked NC State over East Carolina, Wake Forest, and Virginia prior to the start of the Wolfpack's 2010 season.