LOI #12: Josh Mercer
Scout Ranking: ***
Scout Rank: No. 98 running back
Size: 5-11, 185 pounds
Hometown: Guyton, GA
School: South Effingham High School
Projected Position At NC State: Running Back/Slotback
Stats: Mercer rushed for 1,479 yards and 27 touchdowns. He caught 13 passes for 158 yards and two scores. Mercer scored four touchdowns in a game three times, including a playoff win over Westover. He lost just two fumbles all season with 260 touches on offense.
Accolades: Mercer was named the Region 3-AAAA Offensive Player of the Year and is a two-time All-Savannah Morning News first-team selection.
Commit Date: Sept. 25, 2013
Recruiting Scene: Mercer has probably flown under the radar as much as any NC State commitment and could end up being the top sleeper in the class.
An accomplished back, Mercer picked up early offers from programs such as Georgia Tech, Tennessee, and Wake Forest before committing to the Wolfpack in the fall.
Even with the coaching change, he never wavered on his commitment to NC State and didn't take any other visits.
Why NC State? "I just felt like they wanted me. I feel like I can be a good asset to their team."
Picked NC State Over: Georgia Tech, Tennessee, Middle Tennessee State, UCF, and Wake Forest
Scouting Report: Mercer is a versatile back with a lot of upside as a multi-purpose prospect. Not a natural pick and slide runner but is a productive back and pass catcher who can create favorable matchups from the backfield or out in the slot.
Very good stride and top-end speed and has the frame to continue physically developing while retaining it. Long and a bit lanky and lacks the compact body structure of a projected every-down back but his length helps his receiving skills and range if potentially recruited to play defense.
Productive stretch and cut runner at the high school level who combines good up-field quickness, lateral movements through traffic and strength to move the chains. Sees blocks develop and runs with some patience. - ESPN