Pack Pride's Recruiting Hot List

Pack Pride breaks down 15 football prospects showing the most interest in NC State.

NC State has extended a host of scholarship offers as they establish their recruiting board for the class of 2014. Pack Pride has scoured through all of the names and has put together a listing of the 15 prospects showing the most interest in the Wolfpack currently. This listing is a starting point for next year's class and will change as the year progresses.

1. ATH Jefferie Gibson (6-4, 190 pounds) Gray's Creek High School
Holds early offers from NC State, UNC and Clemson...has visited State numerous times and although he's shied away from naming particular favorites, we think State may be at the top. The Pack likes him as a wide receiver.

On NC State: "I talked to coach White and actually just about all of the coaches. Coach White was just talking about how it would be good if I came there. They're recruiting me as a receiver and they think it would be a good place for me," he said.

Pack Pride's Take: State in top 2

2. OL Will Richardson (6-6, 305 pounds) Cummings High School
Reports early offers from NC State, Duke, Ball State, Virginia, Indiana, Florida State, Ohio, and ECU and lists a top four of Virginia, NC State, Duke, and Florida State. Of that group we feel Virginia and State are his top two. Engineering could play a factor in his decision although an upcoming trip to Florida State could be key.

On NC State: "Coach White is real cool," said Richardson. "He's down-to-earth, and I like that. We're always messing with each other on Facebook and Twitter. He told me he's going to do whatever it takes to show me a lot about NC State, and he's done that so far.

"Coach Doeren is a real nice guy. He expects a lot out of his players, and he seems very excited about the season. Hearing him talk about it, he actually has me excited to see how they are going to do."

Pack Pride's Take: State in top 2

3. DT Deshaywn Middleton (6-2, 295 pounds) Parkland High School
Middleton is approaching double digit offers including NC State, Duke, Clemson, East Carolina and Wake Forest. He has made numerous trips to NC State and right now, the Pack and Clemson appear to have moved out front.

On NC State: "We went through the VIP section just to get a feel for everything. When the players were on the court warming up they had us down there watching them. When we walked down by all the students they would start to clap for you and cheer for you. I really liked going through the crowd and having people say my name," he said.

Pack Pride's Take: State in top 2

4. LB Cayson Collins (6-2, 210 pounds) Phillip O Berry Academy
This appears to be a classic in-state battle between UNC and NC State. Both have offered and Collins says he likes State because of academics and Carolina for athletics. He has indicated that a decision could come in the not-so-distant future.

On NC State: "I feel like it's coming down to NC State and [North] Carolina," Collins said. "In different areas I'm leaning in different directions. In academics, I'm leaning more towards NC State, because they do have my major. But with athletics, I'm leaning more towards Chapel Hill, because the history that they have with winning and the success that they've had with their program."

Pack Pride's Take: State in top 2

5. DE Lorenzo Featherston (6-7, 215 pounds) Page High School
Boasts big-time offers from the likes of NC State, Tennessee, Florida State, UNC, South Carolina and Clemson. He has been hard to read but indications are NC State is near the top of his list and he has visited a couple of times. Featherston has also mentioned State as being the team that is recruiting him the hardest and he hopes to major in Engineering which is always a good sign. UNC looks fairly strong as well.

Pack Pride's Take: State in top 5

6. TE Avery Edwards (6-5, 230 pounds) Ravenscroft
He holds offers from Duke, North Carolina, NC State, Pittsburgh, Virginia and Wake Forest. Out of that group State, Duke and UNC look strong and academics could play a big role so don't discount Duke. Edwards grew up a State fan so that should weigh in their favor.

Pack Pride's Take: State in top 2

On NC State: "Well, I grew up a State fan," said Edwards. "We've always had season tickets so I've been to a lot of games at Carter-Finley Stadium... my brother is a freshman at State right now.

 "I finally was able to meet the new coaching staff this weekend," said Edwards. "Coach Doeren is a great guy. I was able to meet with him and I sat down and talked with coach Faulkner, the tight ends coach. He was telling me how it's time we start to build a great relationship.

"I think they are going to do big things. They said they are going to spread it out offensively and are going to put their best players on the field, wideouts and tight ends."

7. OL Eric Shute (6-3, 275 pounds) Glenbard West High School, Glen Ellyn (ILL)
Shute holds early offers from NC State, Syracuse, Illinois and Toledo. He visited for the Pack's junior day in February and that made a huge impression. Since that trip he has consistently listed the Pack as his top school. Getting him back in the spring or summer will be crucial to building on that lead.

On NC State: "North Carolina State offered me today," Shute said. "The visit was great, I really liked everything a lot.

"I got to see all the facilities and I got to go to a basketball game," Shute said. "Then after the junior day ended the coaches gave me the offer and then a private campus tour and even showed me the football dorms."

Pack Pride's Take: State Leads

8. OL Trip McNeill (6-5, 290 pounds) Davie County
McNeil was a standout at NC State's camp last summer but has been playing catch up on the recruiting trail after the firing of Tom O'Brien. State was able to get him in for junior day and made up some ground. Having former teammate Cole Blankenship at State could be beneficial as well for the Wolfpack. McNeil has visited UNC numerous times and they may be the team State has to overcome.

On NC State: "I really like the new staff at N.C. State," he said. "They seem like a bunch of good guys and they really take the time get to know you. They're just really active in the whole recruiting process."

Pack Pride's Take: State in top 4

9. WR Bo Hines (6-1, 190 pounds) Charlotte Christian Academy
Hines' recruiting took off after he was named the WR MVP at a combine held in the midwest. He was timed at 4.41-seconds in the 40 with was the event's best. He has landed offers from NC State, Nebraska, ECU and Marshall among others. However, this is a two team race between State and Nebraska and a visit with Huskers later this month will be crucial. Hines will likely make a decision afterwards.

On NC State:  "It was great," said Hines. "I was able to spend a lot of time talking with coach Doeren about the program, and I also got to tour the facilities again. I had a great time.

"Coach Doeren said they want guys that they think can build up the program. He said they want the best players out of this state and the best players from across the country because they are going to create something special there."

Pack Pride's Take: State in top 2

10. TE Cole Cook (6-5, 234 pounds) Carrollton (GA)
NC State was the first school to offer and that was followed a few days later by an offer from Missouri. The Pack clearly caught Cook's eye by being the initial school to offer and they should get a visit this month. State is likely the top school on his list currently.

On NC State: "Since I was a little kid I have wanted to play college football, so getting my first offer is very exciting. It is a big relief and exciting at the same time. I have just wanted someone to give me an opportunity and N.C. State has done that."

Pack Pride's Take: State Leads

11. RB Derrell Scott (5-11, 185 pounds) Havelock High School
Scott would be a perfect fit in a spread type offense and he's become a priority for the Pack. He has a ton of offers but everyone has been playing catch up to South Carolina. It would appear State made a huge jump forward after a successful junior day a couple of weeks ago. USC still leads but time is on the Pack's side. They need this one to drag out, hope that South Carolina gets a commitment from another running back or bide their time long enough to overtake the Gamecocks.

On NC State: "NC State was nice," he recalled. "They've got some really nice facilities so it was a pretty good time. That was my only time up there."

Pack Pride's Take: State in top 2

12. DT Lamont Gaillard (6-3, 315 pounds) Pine Forest
Gaillard's recruiting has exploded recently with offers from NC State, Alabama, South Carolina, Florida State and Georgia among others. He made a swing through Clemson and South Carolina this past weekend and may be at NC State next weekend. While he's not named particular favorites, we believe State may lead or be very near the top of his list.

Pack Pride's Take: State in top 3

13. ATH Johnathan Lloyd (6-0, 185 pounds) Southern Alamance
Lloyd has close to a dozen offers and is an interesting prospect based on his versatility and where he could ultimately play in college. State appears to like him as an athlete and the potential is there for them to target him as a quarterback. He hasn't really named favorites but we feel State is near the top.

On NC State: "They're great. They're great," Lloyd said with emphasis. "I really like them. It was a lot of guys so talking to (the coaches) was pretty brief but from the contact that was made I can tell they're a bunch of good guys."

Pack Pride's Take: State in top 3

14. OL Sam Madaras (6-3, 325 pounds) Good Counsel, Olney (MD)
Madaras has offers from Georgia Tech, NC State and Hawaii among others but a junior day visit to State may have put the Pack out front. He lists his current top five as  Georgia Tech, Boston College, Pittsburgh, NC State, and Rutgers. Madaras plans to return to State in the near future. His brother (Mike) plays for Maryland.    

On NC State: "I have already been to North Carolina State and it was a great visit."

Pack Pride's Take: State Leads

15. S Shawn Boone (5-10, 175 pounds) Dwyer High School, Palm Beach Gardens (FL)
Boone has close to 10 offers with some of the biggest being from NC State, Ole Miss and Boston College. He grew up a Miami fan but has stated that NC State is recruiting him the hardest. Boone lists a top three of Georgia, NC State and Alabama although the Pack is the only team to offer from that group.

On NC State: "I like Georgia, NC State, and Alabama," he said. "I like those programs and what they're saying."

Pack Pride's Take: State Leads

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