Alex Barr, a 6-foot-7, 302-pound offensive lineman, helped lead Starr's Mill to a Georgia Region 3 AAAA title and a runner-up finish in the state title game as a senior when he was credited with 30 pancake blocks.
A second-team all-state selection, Barr was named first-team all-region and all-county as a junior and senior.
Barr's recruitment came down to two schools: NC State and Vanderbilt. He committed to Vandy in October, but when head coach Robbie Caldwell was fired Barr elected to open back up his recruitment. Caldwell actually informed the NC State coaching staff about Barr's talents, and the Wolfpack brought him up for an official visit.
Shortly after the trip he committed to the Wolfpack.
Loganville (GA) Grayson High head coach Mickey Conn knows that he has a special player in linebacker Michael Peek.
"He's just a playmaker," said Conn. "Michael makes a bunch of plays and is a great athlete. He's a 4.5 kid who can run and is strong as well.
"He had over 120 tackles for us and four interceptions. He also had four touchdowns and should have had five but it was called back. The best way to describe Michael is to say he just makes plays."
The 6-foot-3, 220-pounder held offers from programs such as Navy and Georgia Southern when he committed to Navy in January, but programs like NC State, Georgia Tech, and Vanderbilt entered his recruitment late in the process.
He visited the Wolfpack a week before signing day and switched his commitment to NC State after returning home and talking with his parents.
Peek finished his senior season with 120 tackles, six sacks, 16 tackles for a loss, four interceptions, five forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, and four touchdowns. He led a defense that allowed just 11 points a game and reached the state semifinals.
Joe Thuney had been a hot prospect since this summer when he camped at a few schools and earned scholarship offers.
Several programs jumped into the mix, but Thuney was intrigued by offensive line coach Don Horton and the Wolfpack.
"It helps that coach Horton would be my position coach because he knows where I'd be playing there. I got to watch him in practice. I've talked to him on the phone and he's been by the school a lot. I know him pretty well and it helps that we've been able to build that relationship even before you start to play football there."
Despite holding multiple offers, Thuney committed to NC State a couple of weeks after his official visit.
"I called coach Horton and coach O'Brien to tell them and they were excited about it. The coaches, they seem like they genuinely care about their players and the players really get along well. [The official visit] was just fun. It was a good atmosphere and I liked it a lot."
"I liked the coaching staff a lot, and I got to hang out with the players... all they had were great things to say about the program. They've had a lot of success in the ACC and it felt good on my visit. I had a great feeling about them."
Thuney picked NC State over offers from Georgia Tech, Vanderbilt, and West Virginia and was receiving heavy interest from Missouri, Michigan State, and Boston College before picking the Wolfpack.