The top mid-year signee is Lincolnton (NC) defensive end Darian Roseboro, arguably the best high school player in the state. An all-state pick, Roseboro recorded 123 tackles and nine sacks while rushing for 1,400 yards and 35 touchdowns in 2014.
Joining Roseboro in Raleigh will be a pair of 2014 signees, Woodward Academy (GA) punter A.J. Cole and Walled Lake Western (MI) kicker Kyle Bambard, who greyshirted this fall. Cole and Bambard are expected to compete for starting jobs in the spring.
The Wolfpack has also added South Lake (FL) offensive lineman T.J. McCoy, Southern Guilford (NC) tailback Reggie Gallaspy, Pelion (SC) safety Freddie Phillips, Millbrook (NC) linebacker James Smith-Williams, and Osceola (FL) linebacker Riley Nicholson.
Here is a closer look at the Wolfpack's eight early enrollees...
Hometown: Walled Lake (MI)
High School: Walled Lake Western
Projected Position: Kicker
Kicker Kyle Bambard
Notables: Originally a member of NC State's 2014 recruiting class, Bambard greyshirted this fall and is enrolling as a true freshman.
A high school teammate of Wolfpack safety Josh Jones, Bambard was a finalist for Michigan high school football player of the year in 2013 as he also played quarterback for Walled Lake.
He was rated the No. 9 kicker in the 2014 recruiting class by Kohl's Kicking and a three-star prospect by Scout.com.
“Kyle's FG are solid, he did a great job on pressure kicks at the National Camp, made 9 of 10 FG at the Midwest Showcase Camp,” wrote Kohl's Kicking in his player evaluation. “Kyle showed solid improvements in all three areas of kicking at the 2012 Scholarship Camp. He currently is a solid combo prospect, He drives the ball well on KO's, Kyle is an explosive athlete who makes kicks, he is trustworthy as a kicker and punter.
Hometown: College Park (GA)
High School: Woodward Academy
Projected Position: Punter
Punter A.J. Cole
Notables: Originally a member of NC State's 2014 recruiting class, Cole greyshirted this fall and is enrolling as a true freshman.
Cole helped lead his Woodward squad to a 9-3 record and the second round of the state playoffs. Along the way he connected on 7 of 9 field goals with a long of 47 yards. He also averaged 40.12 yards on 26 punts with a long of 53 yards.
For his efforts Cole was named class 3A all-state second team, all region and all-area by the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
He earned an offer from NC State after attending the Wolfpack's summer camp.
“It's incredible,” said Cole. “Being able to punt at a school like NC State is something I've always wanted to do. I love the coaches and the school.”
Cole was rated the No. 3 punter in the 2014 recruiting class by Kohl's Kicking and a three-star prospect by Scout.com.
Hometown: Greensboro (NC)
High School: Southern Guilford
Projected Position: Running Back
Tailback Reggie Gallaspy
Notables: Reggie Gallaspy enrolls at NC State after a breakout senior season at Southern Guilford, where he had one of the best statistical years in state history.
He totaled 3,318 rushing yards, the eighth-best single-season total in North Carolina High School history. His 54 total touchdowns is the third-most ever in the state, trailing only T.A. McLendon (71) and Kevin Parks (59). His 3.86 touchdowns per game mark only trailed McLendon's 4.73 in 2002.
He committed to the Wolfpack last fall after considering offers from Duke, North Carolina, Wisconsin, Michigan State, Vanderbilt, and Arkansas among others.
I'm excited,” said Gallaspy. “I'm ready to get up there and get to work.”
He is rated the No. 84 tailback in the country by Scout.com, and he was named first-team all-state and to the 2014 Shrine Bowl team.
Hometown: Groveland (FL)
High School: South Lake
Projected Position: Offensive Line
Lineman T.J. McCoy
Notables: Rated a three-star prospect and the No. 82 offensive guard in the nation by Scout.com, McCoy had been sitting on an NC State offer for the last four months before picking the Wolfpack in September.
He earned that offer after an impressive workout in front of the Wolfpack coaching staff over the summer, and picked them over South Florida.
“I just can't wait to get up to NC State and play and see what things they want me to do and incorporate it into my game,” said McCoy. “I just want to help the Pack get to the next level. The recruits that are coming to NC State, I've been talking to them and we want to help State make it to the next level and become a dominant program in the NCAA and the ACC.
“So that's one of my main goals coming into NC State in the spring.”
McCoy is rated a three-star prospect and the No. 89 offensive guard in the country by Scout.com.
Hometown: Osceola (FL)
High School: Osceola
Projected Position: Linebacker
Linebacker Riley Nicholson
Notables: One of the Wolfpack's summer commitments, Nicholson is an intriguing prospect capable of playing all three linebacker positions.
He picked the Wolfpack after considering offers from West Virginia, Georgia Tech, Purdue, Cincinnati, Iowa State, Indiana, Minnesota, Rutgers, Wake Forest, South Florida, and Central Florida among others.
“I liked how the coaches treated me and how the players treated me when I was on my visits,” said Nicholson. “Plus, they are in the ACC, so I'll get to play some great competition. I also liked the campus... it was like home, at least it felt that way.”
He is currently rated a three-star recruit and the No. 66 middle linebacker prospect in the country by Scout.com. He finished his senior season with 135 while leading his team to the state title game.
Hometown: Pelion (SC)
High School: Pelion
Projected Position: Safety
Safety Freddie Phillips
Notables: Like Nicholson, Phillips picked NC State after a long courtship from the Wolfpack. He also held offers from North Carolina and Wake Forest when he verbaled in June.
A Shrine Bowl selection, Phillips battled injuries as a senior while playing wide receiver and safety for Pelion. He will began his career at safety in Raleigh.
He is rated the No. 64 safety in the country by Scout.com, a three-star recruit.
Hometown: Lincolnton (NC)
High School: Lincolnton
Projected Position: Defensive End
Defensive End Darian Roseboro
Notables: Arguably NC State's top commitment in the 2015 recruiting class, Roseboro will have a chance to play right away for the Wolfpack.
He held offers from Michigan, Alabama, Tennessee, Clemson, Oklahoma, North Carolina, and others when he chose the Wolfpack.
“It was the coaching staff," he said. "I like them a lot. Then the degree, from an academic standpoint, I'm going to get a good education.
“It was a good move for me and my family. I think my family knew I was going to do it. They were going to support me wherever I went, but I do think they were a little relieved that I was going to be close to home. Also, I think I'll have a great opportunity to play early.”
Playing time and schematic fit were huge for Roseboro. Checking in at 6-foot-4 and 280 pounds he is slated to play defensive end for NC State, and he fills a big need. The Wolfpack isn't a high-blitz team, so they need defensive ends who can pressure the quarterback but also set the edge against the run.
“I talked to the coaches about it, and they want me to come in and play defensive end,” he stated. “They want me to be able to make the plays that they their ends to make. The scheme is a lot like what we run at my school, so that was big. The coaches put their ends in a position to make plays... they allow them to get up the field and make plays.”
Roseboro is currently rated a four-star recruit and the No. 14 defensive tackle prospect in the country by Scout.com. An all-state pick, Roseboro recorded 123 tackles and nine sacks while rushing for 1,400 yards and 35 touchdowns in 2014.
“Roseboro is a force on the defensive line with great athleticism,” said Scout.com Recruiting Analyst Michael Clark. “He has a college-ready frame and is extremely powerful. Roseboro has all the tools you are looking for in a big-time defensive lineman and should make an immediate impact.
Hometown: Raleigh (NC)
High School: Millbrook
Projected Position: Linebacker
Linebacker James Smith-Williams
Notables: Flying under the radar, Smith-Williams committed to NC State over the summer after earning an offer at camp where he flashed his unique athleticism.
Recruited to play linebacker, he lined up at multiple positions as a senior. Smith-Williams unofficially totaled 146 tackles, 19 sacks, 36 tackles for a loss, two forced fumbles and an interception as the Wildcats finished 12-2.
He also held an offer from Boston College.
“I liked the coaching staff a lot,” he said. “Coach Doeren, coach Huxtable... both are great guys.”
A terrific student, Smith-Williams has scored a 30 on the ACT and has an unweighted 3.9 GPA with a 4.9 weighted GPA.
He is currently rated a two-star prospect by Scout.com.