Along the way he's also had to solidify the commitments of several players that have already pledged to the Wolfpack.
However, one player he likely won't have to worry about, is Hopkins (SC) Lower Richland defensive back Marcus Edmond, who has spoken with Doeren a few times already.
"Our conversations have been good," said Edmond. "He was letting me know that he wanted to get me up there and everything. He was talking about how excited he was to be coaching there.
"He gave me his number to keep in touch with him... I like him, he seems real cool and excited about being at NC State."
Edmond had offers from Arizona and Wake Forest at one point in the recruiting process, but he said he hasn't heard from any new schools since the Wolfpack's coaching change.
"Well, I'm committed, but there aren't any new schools talking to me," Edmond stated.
On the field this fall Edmond had a big year with 33 tackles, three interceptions and four passes broken up on defense. He also had 92 rushes for 778 yards and six touchdowns, and as a passer he was 81-112 with 979 yards and 12 more touchdowns.
"My team did a lot better than they did the past few years," he said. "We just got a new coach, our third coach in four years. We made it to the playoffs and won the first round but something happened after that with eligibility so we got kicked out," he said.
Edmond was supposed to take his official visit to NC State earlier in December but with the coaching change he was asked to sit tight, and he has now tentatively scheduled his visit for the weekend of January 18th.
He projects to be a full qualifier.