Scout Ranking: ***
Size: 6-2, 275 pounds
Hometown: Mocksville, NC
School: Davie County High School
Projected Position At NC State: Center
Accolades: Named to the 2012 Shrine Bowl team, missed half of senior season due to broken bones in his foot
Commit Date: April 24, 2012
Recruiting Scene: Blankenship was a player that had become very familiar with NC State during the early stages of his recruiting. Although he made visits to Duke, West Virginia and Wake Forest, Blankenship never hesitated to express his desire to play for the Wolfpack.
In April of 2012 he received the call from former defensive back's coach Mike Reed that State was extending an offer and Blankenship committed the next day. Although the Pack went through a coaching change in November, he never wavered on his commitment to NC State after meeting new head coach Dave Doeren.
Why NC State?: "There were a lot of schools looking at me, but I've been to NC State a few times now and every time I felt like it was home," said Blankenship. "I feel like I can be a great addition to NC State."
Picked NC State Over: interest from West Virginia, Duke, Wake Forest and Virginia Tech among others
Scouting Report: "Blankenship isn't the tallest player around (6-1, 295 pounds) but he's built like a fire hydrant and is a very effective interior player. He's a prototypical center prospect and helped kick off NC State's recruiting deluge in the spring when he pledged to the Pack.
"At the Shrine Bowl Blankenship showed good agility and the ability to pull and get out in space to make a block. Because of his size he is almost a lock to start off his career at center and his experience there from his time in high school should be a plus." - Pack Pride Recruiting Analyst Steve Williams
"He's a big physical player. He's not lazy; he gets after your tail and he wants to finish blocks," Illing said. "He's not waiting for a whistle. He wants his guy on his back. He's strong and he really stands out when you go to a game. He's physically more mature and physically stronger than anyone he plays against." - Davie County Head Coach Doug Illing in the Winston-Salem Journal
Scout Ranking: **
Size: 6-0, 180 pounds
Hometown: New Bern, NC
School: New Bern High School
Projected Position At NC State: Wide Receiver
Accolades: NCPreps.com All-State team, helped team to state championship title
Stats: 795 receiving yards and nine touchdowns, also had two rushing scores, five interceptions, a punt returned for a touchdown and two kickoffs returned for touchdowns, had three 100 yard receiving games as a senior
Commit Date: June 25, 2012
Recruiting Scene: Despite possessing good size, blazing speed and some impressive performances on the combine circuit last spring, Cherry didn't receive very much attention on the recruiting trail. There was interest from most of the in-state schools but it wasn't until his performance at NC State's football camp last summer that Cherry finally landed his first scholarship offer.
He performed extremely well in testing and then backed that up with some solid play in one on ones and that was enough for the Wolfpack coaches. They offered and Cherry wasted no time committing to State. Even after a coaching change a little over a month ago, he remained committed to the Pack.
Why NC State?: "The coaches just offered me a little while ago and I committed," said Cherry. "I've been waiting on that offer for a while now so I was relieved when they did.
"I like everything about NC State. I like the school, the environment, and the facilities. The coaches are cool... I just fit in there."
Picked NC State Over: interest from East Carolina, UNC, Appalachian State and Wake Forest
Scouting Report: "Cherry is a dynamic playmaker that can beat his opponents in many ways. One of the fastest players in North Carolina, Cherry, is a threat to go the distance every time he touches the football. He has good ball skills and is a nightmare for defenses in the open field.
"Cherry could play offense or defense at the next level, but I expect him to make an early impact on special teams as a return man. Overall, he is a good pickup for the Wolfpack with a lot of upside." - Scout.com Recruiting Analyst Michael Clark