With much of the class of 2014 already verbally committed, the NC State coaching staff will enjoy the advantage of being able to focus more attention towards the class of 2015. One important prospect they've already made solid inroads with is Havelock's Michael Bowman.
At 6-2, 190 pounds Bowman is one of several D-1 prospects to play at Havelock High School in recent years. Back to back state titles will get players noticed and Bowman looks to be one of next year's most promising targets. This past season he tallied 50 receptions for 805 yards and six touchdowns but also has the potential to line up at outside linebacker on the next level.
That production has helped Bowman land several scholarship offers before his junior season even begins.
"So far I have offers from NC State, UNC, Penn State, South Carolina and East Carolina," Bowman told Pack Pride recently. "Getting all these offers early really makes me feel good and it's just given me more confidence in myself."
Bowman says he's being recruited both as a receiver and linebacker but prefers wide receiver on the next level.
The Wolfpack likes Bowman on offense and they've made a strong impression early on.
"Coach Kitchings is recruiting me and we have a really good relationship. We talk every now and then when we have a chance. As for State, I like their facilities, the new coaching staff- especially coach Doeren. State likes me at receiver."
Although there's a long ways to go before Bowman arrives at a decision, NC State finds themselves in an enviable position.
I like State, UNC and South Carolina. Out of those, State is my favorite because it's one of the schools I've always liked and I've been around there a lot.
"I plan to make my decision towards the end of my senior year after football. It could come sooner but I'm not really sure yet."