Pack Welcomes Four New Additions

Over the past week NC State welcomed four newcomers to the Wolfpack football program. DT Deylan Buntyn, QB Manny Stocker, OL Quincy McKinney and OL Bryce Kennedy all enrolled for the spring semester and will be eligible for spring practice. Pack Pride takes an in-depth look at State's most recent additions.

Over the past week NC State welcomed four newcomers to the Wolfpack football program. DT Deylan Buntyn, QB Manny Stocker, OL Quincy McKinney and OL Bryce Kennedy all enrolled for the spring semester and will be eligible for spring practice. Pack Pride takes an in-depth look at State's most recent additions.

DT Deylan Buntyn...6-4, 335 pounds...New Mexico Military Institute

Stats: notched 16 tackles, three tackles for loss, two pass breakups, one fumble recovery and a blocked kick in 2011.

Commit Date: 7-11-2011

Recruiting Scene: As a senior in high school Buntyn received the most recruiting attention from NC State, Clemson and East Carolina. He was impressive at the Wolfpack's summer camp which piqued the interest of the NC State coaching staff. However, he failed to qualify academically and ended up signing with Winston Salem State.

Buntyn matriculated to New Mexico Military Institute where he put on nearly 60 pounds and emerged as a main stay at defensive tackle. Once the Pack got wind of his progress and verified his academic standing, wasted no time in offering a scholarship. That move was a smart one and allowed State a chance to secure his commitment before most schools were able to jump on him.

Why NC State?: "I was really excited when I got the offer because it was just a dream come true. Now my family won't have to fly back and forth to see me play. NC State is just a great school and I can wait to get there."

Picked NC State over: New Mexico, Texas Tech and Western Kentucky

High School Scouting Report: "Buntyn is a two-way standout from Havelock High School. He is a massive prospect with great upper body strength and above average speed given his size.

While Buntyn lines up at both defensive tackle and offensive guard for Havelock, he may be best suited for the offensive line in college although he could certainly play both. At guard, Buntyn has nice explosion at the snap of the ball and does a good job of getting to his man and taking him out of the play. Because of his foot speed and agility, Buntyn has the potential to develop further at offensive guard.

"At defensive tackle, Buntyn shows that he has the ability to explode by the opposing offensive lineman and make plays in the backfield. He tends to play a little bit high and could stand to add strength in his lower body but there's no doubt Buntyn will get a long look from college recruiters this spring."


QB Manny Stocker...6-3, 200 pounds...Coatesville (PA) Area High School

Stats: As a senior, Stocker led Coatesville (PA) High School to a 9-3 record while passing for nearly 2,000 yards with 20 touchdowns and another 10 rushing touchdowns.

Commit Date: 6-28-2011

Recruiting Scene: There were high expectations for Stocker prior to his arrival at NC State's football camp last summer and he didn't disappoint. He threw well, showed good mobility and impressed the coaching staff with his background and personality. Once the Wolfpack had completed summer camp, they quickly identified Stocker as their number one quarterback and made their offer. After talking to his family, Stocker committed to NC State.

Why NC State?: "I'm committed to NC State," said Stocker. "They called me this morning to offer me as a quarterback, and I talked it over with my family. They told me that I'm the No. 1 quarterback on their board and that meant a lot to me. I called them back and let them know that I wanted to be on the team.

"Coach O'Brien told me he was excited to have me... he welcomed me to the team."

Picked NC State over: Cincinnati, Temple

Scouting Report: If Stocker were taller he would likely be receiving more attention as a pure quarterback prospect as opposed to just an athlete. He is a well built prospect that looks like a wide receiver. He plays in a scheme where he is asked to make many throws both from within the pocket and out as well as significant play-action snaps. He is a good athlete- a true dual-threat, but clearly a passer first. He has very good mechanics overall. He gets back and sets up quickly and carries the ball high in the pocket. He is calm and balanced and sees the field well considering his lack of height. He has very good quickness and he can buy time in the pocket with his movement and shows the ability to avoid the rush. He is a threat when he pulls the ball down as he has the elusiveness to make people miss- ESPN


OL Bryce Kennedy...6-3, 285 pounds...Pinecrest High School, Southern Pines, NC

Commit Date: 12-27-2011

Recruiting Scene:
Kennedy earned early interest from UNC, South Carolina, NC State and East Carolina but as the summer wore on it became clear that the Heels and Wolfpack were the main contenders. State was able to host him on several occasions and appeared to be in great shape after his official visit to Raleigh on Oct 4. However, Kennedy would make an unofficial visit to UNC the following weekend and promptly committed to the Tar Heels.

NC State never relented in their pursuit of Kennedy, however, and by the time the Shrine Bowl rolled around in December, were right back in the thick of it.

The Pack's loyalty combined with questions surrounding UNC due to possible NCAA sanctions tilted Kennedy back in State's favor and he committed to the Wolfpack shortly after Christmas.

Why NC State?: "I liked the coaches a lot at State and Carolina equally so when they left Carolina that pretty much did it for me," he said. "When I told the State coaches they were real happy, excited to get me.

"I've got a great relationship with coach Bridge, and I've been talking with him a long time so he had a feeling I was going to go there."

Picked NC State over: UNC

Scouting Report: "We've worked him both sides at [offensive] tackle this week," Shuford said. "We're hoping to rotate him around so he could play both sides. We hope to rotate all three [tackles] around. We've had some injuries that we've had to adjust to, but [rotating at both tackles] is the plan.

"[Kennedy] was an unknown quantity. I've seen some junior film on him, I didn't see him at a combine, [and] he wasn't at the invite-only [Shrine Bowl practice]. But I've been real pleased with him [in practice this week].

"We had a couple [offensive linemen] that dropped off for us. When [Brock] Stadnik decided he wasn't going to play, [Kennedy] was the next one on our list to go play. [Shrine Bowl assistant coach Richard] Bailey played against him and said, ‘This is a kid we need to take.' That was fine with me, because we needed a big strong kid. It seemed like in the past, North Carolina has been overmatched strength wise, but [Kennedy] is a big, strong kid.

"He's a smart kid. He's going to know where to be, where to position himself. I can't wait to see him a little bit more full speed and moving his feet, because he's been injured. In the first day of contact, he picked everything up right away." - Shrine Bowl offensive line coach Barry Shuford


OL Quincy McKinney...6-3, 315 pounds...Fork Union Military Academy

Commit Date: 11-22-2011

Recruiting Scene: As a senior in high school McKinney was one of the more sought-after prospects in Georgia. He boasted early offers from Tennessee, Rutgers,  Duke, Florida State, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, South Carolina and Southern Miss before committing to South Carolina in August prior to his senior season.

McKinney failed to qualify and spent this past semester at Hargrave Military Academy shoring up his academics. He decided to reopen his recruiting and State jumped on him immediately. The Pack hosted him for an official visit back in November and he committed a couple of days after that visit. He mentioned possible visits to Rutgers and Mississippi State but decided against those and remained solid to the Wolfpack.

Picked NC State over: Mississippi State, Rutgers

Scouting Report: Mckinney is a tough guy with good upper body playing strength along with an aggressive finishing attitude. Plays tackle however his size and athleticism are better suited for the offensive guard position at the major level of competition. Appears a little stiff in a three point but comes off the ball quickly although his initial fit and pad level are too high; has a good base, brings his feet, enabling him to sustain. Flashes explosion but can get stalemated however this player is a battler who eventually gets movement off the line of scrimmage; shows good initial quickness and if he learns to lower his pad level will improve his chances vs. quick 1st and 2nd level defenders. We like his aggressive approach downfield; displays quickness to linebackers; plays on his feet with positive results while always looking for a second block- ESPN

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