Fast forward to June 2014 where the Pack will once again look for big momentum in their 2015 effort.
NC State will begin its camp sessions on Wednesday, June 11th with additional one-day camps on Friday (6/13) and Saturday (6/14) of this week, and Monday (6/16), Wednesday (6/18), and Thursday (6/19) of next week. The Wolfpack will also hold a 7-on-7 team camp next Friday (6/20) and a Specialist camp this Thursday (6/12).
|June 11th||One Day (Individual)||5:30 PM-8:30 PM|
|June 12th||Specialist (Individual)||10:00 AM-2:30 PM|
|June 13th||One Day (Individual)||1:00 PM-4:30 PM|
|June 14th||One Day (Individual)||1:00 PM-4:30 PM|
|June 16th||One Day (Individual)||9:00 AM-12:30 PM|
|June 18th||One Day (Individual)||1:00 PM-4:30 PM|
|June 19th||One Day (Individual)||1:00 PM-4:30 PM|
|June 20th||7-on-7 (Team)||TBD|
The Wolfpack staff will primarily look to accomplish any of the following during camp:
1. Identify any underclassmen that will track as high-level recruits in the years to come.
2. Find those rare hidden gems and evaluate rising seniors that are on the "offering fence."
With all the publicity recruiting receives these days this has become more difficult but there are still kids out there, tucked away in obscurity, that no one knows about.
Dorchester (SC) DE Michael BarnettLast June, the Pack liked what they saw out of Tony Adams, B.J. Hill, and Marceilias Sutton enough to give committable offers to each while at camp.
3. Use the camp dates to host known targets with solid offers.
This has become a powerful tool over the years in recruiting. Getting guys you covet on campus to intermingle with the current commitments, current players, and the coaching staff. It gives the recruit time to take things in for themselves as they walk the sidelines in street clothes while the masses workout and the coaches, well... coach.
4. Getting known targets to actually work out at camp.
This is more difficult to do but when a kid with an offer is willing to workout it's usually a pretty good sign that they're significantly interested in playing at your school. Most of the time it is so the player gets a rare opportunity to work with his future position coach. Keep an eye on those who fall in this category during the coming weeks.
While the June camp tours will help to answer many questions for NC State's 2015 recruiting class, the staff is hopeful that some good news is already on its way. No less than three key prospects are expected to make their college decisions in the coming weeks.
Charlotte (NC) Christian center Brian Chaffin and his family will make one last visit on Friday (6/13) to NC State. The Chaffin's will be fresh off a visit to Stanford, who along with UNC, Duke, and NC State make up Chaffin's pool of four schools that he will choose from.
Charlotte (NC) C Brian ChaffinChaffin has visited all three in-state schools multiple times throughout the winter and spring. Prior to the trip to Stanford most believed NC State and UNC to be the frontrunners.
Chaffin's final recruiting trip to NC State will likely be primarily focused on academics. Look for State to roll out the red carpet for Chaffin that will likely include a meeting with AD Debbie Yow and Chancellor Randy Woodson.
Over the past several weeks NC State has watched its quarterback board diminish. However, one key target remains in Southern (NC) Durham signal-caller Kendall Hinton. Hinton has been at the top of State's board since November 2013 when he received an offer from the Wolfpack.
Hinton is primarily focused on NC State, Duke, and Wake Forest. The Demon Deacs will host Hinton today, and he will make the short trip to Raleigh to visit with the State coaches on Wednesday. A decision is likely to follow in the next 7-10 days.
NC State has been believed to be the leader for the last month or two.
Hinton's good friend and highly touted offensive tackle prospect Emanuel McGirt may also be closing in on a decision. However, McGirt has been a little less committal on a specific timeframe. The big man from Durham (NC) Hillside High School will likely take a few trips to some of his favorites in the next few weeks before making the call in late June or early July.
McGirt has made several trips to both UNC and NC State in the last few months, and those two are in his top three along with Georgia.
It may be a bit presumptuous to add prized defensive end target Michael Barnett to the above list, but on Saturday he tweeted, "I think I have made my decision..."
Barnett had recently stated in various interviews that he would wait until national signing day to announce his decision, but there is now some speculation that he could make a commitment much sooner than that. Florida State, Georgia, NC State and home-state school Clemson seems to garner the biggest buzz with Barnett.
The Wolfpack staff, just as they were last year, is in very good shape with a number of talented prospects, several of which could be close to making a decision. If a few key factors play in State's favor over the next couple weeks then another top notch class is real possibility in Raleigh.
Durham (NC) QB Kendall Hinton
-- Wednesday, the first day of camp, the Wolfpack is set to host QB Kendall Hinton and DE Houshon Gaines.
-- Two top "power" tailbacks should be on campus Thursday in Reggie Gallaspy and Mikel Lands-Davis.
-- Friday C Brian Chaffin and his family will be at the Murphy Center to meet with Doeren and company in what will likely be a pivotal closing visit for the Charlotte Christian center.
As always Pack Pride will deliver full camp reports throughout the coming weeks as well as keep you updated on any breaking commitments.