Pack Pride breaks down the 10 prospects currently showing the most interest in NC State. Each of these players has an offer from NC State and the Wolfpack appears to be a serious contender for each.
TE Chris Burton...6-3, 240 pounds...George Washington High School, Danville VA
Notes...The Pack has offered numerous tight ends and Burton may be the one that has reciprocated the most interest. He attended State's junior day earlier this year and then made a return trip for the Wolfpack's spring game. In addition to State- Texas Tech and Vanderbilt have also offered. While Burton has not listed any favorites publically, NC State appears to be in the driver's seat currently.
LB Jerod Fernandez...6-1, 215 pounds..4.6 in the 40...Lake Mary (FL) High School
Notes...Very solid linebacker that entered the spring very underrated but has since landed offers from Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Central Florida Cincinnati and Temple after receiving his first scholarship from NC State. Fernandez appeared to be on track to commit in early May but backed off that claim after landing additional offers. He could still make a decision in the very near future and the Pack may be the team to beat after hosting him and his parents at their spring game.
DE Justin Akins...6-4, 245 pounds...Jackson (GA) High School
Akins is a versatile defensive lineman that could ultimately play at end or tackle on the collegiate level. NC State was the first to offer and held an early lead after hosting him for a visit earlier this year. However, Louisville followed with an offer of their own and took the top spot after Akins made a visit there in April. We wouldn't count out State just yet, though.
OL Tyrone Crowder...6-3, 305 pounds...Richmond County High School, Rockingham NC
Notes...When you're the No. 3 offensive guard in the nation, it's a pretty safe bet that owning scholarship offers isn't a problem. That's certainly the case with Crowder. While SEC powers like Alabama and Florida are definite threats to land Crowder, we have a sneaking suspicion that State may be better positioned than some may think. Landing teammate Dawka Nichols had to help as well. This may definitely be one to watch as the summer unfolds.
WR Johnathan Howard...6-4, 180 pounds...Wilcox County High School, Rochelle (GA)
Notes...Like with several other prospects in the class of 2013, NC State was the first to offer Howard. Since then he's picked up offers from Clemson, Louisville, South Florida, Southern Miss, Middle Tennessee and Missouri among others. Clemson leads currently but the Pack is right behind them so this will be worth watching at least for awhile.
S Ahmad Thomas...6-0, 195 pounds...Miami (FL) Central High School
Notes...State already has a commitment from Miami Central CB Da'Wan Hunte. Clearly they'd like nothing more than to pluck Thomas out of south Florida as well. He's not naming favorites right now but every indication appears to have NC State out front. Notre Dame and South Florida are involved as well and there's a report that Florida State has now offered. If that proves to be true then landing Thomas will be exponentially tougher.
WR Jalen McDaniel...6-1, 190 pounds, 4.6 in the 40...Jack Britt High School, Fayetteville NC
Notes...McDaniel was actually NC State's first commitment for the class of 2013 but recanted shortly after landing interest from Clemson. The Tigers don't seem to be much of a threat currently but the Pack is still there and appear to hold the lead for McDaniel. Academics will be a concern and offers from NC State, UNC and Wake Forest may be contingent about McDaniel's progress in the classroom.
LB/WR Johnathan Alston...6-3, 195 pounds, 4.65 in the 40...Bunn (NC) High School
Notes...While he prefers playing wide receiver- linebacker or even safety may be a better fit for Alston in college. Whatever the position, he's become one of the state's most sought after players with NC State and UNC likely emerging as the teams to beat with Notre Dame, South Carolina, Tennessee and East Carolina in the mix as well.
CB Chocolate Wilson...5-10, 165 pounds...Myrtle Beach (SC) High School
Notes...Some observers in South Carolina say Wilson may be the best cover corner in the state although as a college prospect, he is undersized currently. He has a strange assortment of offers with scholarships on the table from NC State, Missouri, Purdue and Ole Miss. He isn't naming favorites but told us State is one of his top schools and we feel confident that the Pack is very near the head of his list. He is from the same school as 2012 signee Tyler Knox.
WR Marquez North...6-3, 210 pounds, 4.48 in the 40...Mallard Creek High School, Charlotte NC
Notes...We consider North the top player in the state and it's likely several other recruiting analysts will as well. He has offers from the likes of NC State, Georgia, Clemson, UNC, Michigan, Oregon and South Carolina among others. The Pack hasn't been particularly successful at Mallard Creek but are in the thick of the battle for North. Clemson is the team to beat but State is in his top two with Jim Bridge heading up the Wolfpack's recruiting efforts.
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