Wolfpack Announces Signing of 18 in 2004

NC State head football coach Chuck Amato announced the signing of 18 new players who will be joining the Wolfpack football program next season.

Seven of the recruits are from North Carolina, five from Florida, three from Pennsylvania, and one each from the states of Georgia, Alabama and Texas. The list includes two players -- offensive lineman Merci Falaise and cornerback Miguel Scott -- who enrolled at NC State for the second semester.

"Everything starts here at home," Amato said. "All the young men we signed from the state will play a tremendous role in the future of this program.

NC State Football 2004 Signing Class

John Bedics (6-6, 245, DL, Bethlehem, Pa., Bethlehem Catholic)
Earned a two-star rating by Rivals.com ... had seven sacks, caused three fumbles and recovered another, which he returned for a touchdown as a senior ... accounted for 114 tackles, 18 tackles for loss and 12 sacks in his last two years of high school ... scored a total of three defensive TDs during his career ... named to the Maxwell Club, an award given to the top 40 prospects in the area ... also a four-year starter on the basketball team ... his brother, Pat, is a linebacker at Penn State ... sister was a four-year letterwinner on Lafayette's basketball team

Darrell Blackman (6-1, 200, RB, Williamsport, Pa., Hargrave Military/Williamsport Area HS)
Committed to NC State last year out of Williamsport (Va.) Area High School, but attended Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Va. ... rated the nation's No. 35 non-high school prospect by Rivals.com ... rushed 220 times for 2,323 yards and 22 TDs while averaging 10 yards per carry in his senior season of high school ... As a junior, gained 2,457 yards and scored 32 touchdowns ... one of 78 players chosen nationally to participate in the Army All-American Bowl ... high school teammate of fellow Wolfpack signee Raymond Brooks ... has been timed at 4.4 in the 40-yard dash ... 2002 First-Team Parade All-American selection ... ranked No. 46 player regardless of position nationally by Rivals.com in 2002-03 ... ranked by Rivals as the No. 6 running back nationally in 2002-03 and the fifth-best player in Pennsylvania ... No. 5 among Pennsylvania players according to SuperPrep in 2002-03 ... ranked as the No. 28 player and the No. 3 running back nationally by Tom Lemming in 2002-03 ... G&W and Leming ranked him the top player in the state in 2002-03 ... Prep Star Dream Team Top-100 selection in 2002-03 ... a first-team all-state performer in football and basketball as a junior

Raymond Brooks (6-4, 240, DL, Williamsport, Pa., Williamsport Area HS)
Originally signed with NC State last spring, but did not enroll in school until January ... Recorded 14 sacks and averaged more than 10 tackles per game as a senior ... rushed for 783 yards and scored eight touchdowns as a fullback ... tallied nine sacks while playing both offense and defense junior year ... high school teammate of fellow NC State signee Darrell Blackman, the pair was nicknamed "Thunder and Lightning" ... ranked by Rivals.com as the No. 18 defensive end and the ninth-best player overall in Pennsylvania ... rated Pennsyvania's 10th-best player by G&W Recruiting in 2002-03 ... Tom Lemming put him in his top 125 listing nationally last year ... No. 12 in Pennsylvania by SuperPrep a year ago and the No. 36 best defensive line player in the nation ... named to the 2002-03 SuperPrep All-American team ... all-region team selection by Prep Star coming out of high school ... has clocked in at 4.5 in the 40-yard dash

Andre Brown (6-1, 210, RB, Greenville, N.C., Rose HS)
Given a four-star ranking by Rivals.com ... Nation's No. 10 running back according to Rivals ... ranked the No. 19 prospect in region and seventh in state by Rivals ... led Rose High to a 14-2 record and a 4-A state championship his senior year ... named the North Carolina state high school Player of the Year by the Associated Press ... three-star rating by Prep Star and is ranked among the top 10 running back prospects in the country, as well as one of the top recruits in North Carolina ... rushed for a 4A state record 3,478 career yards and scored 47 career touchdowns ... averaged more than 12 yards per carry his final season at Rose ... third-team 2003 Fox Sports Net Countdown to Signing Day All-South Team ... announced his decision to attend NC State on Fox Sports Net South's "Countdown to Signing Day" TV show in Atlanta.

Octavius Darby (6-4, 224, TE, Hollywood, Fla., Chaminade-Madonna)
No. 28-ranked prospect in Florida according to SuperPrep ... earned a three-star ranking by Rivals.com * that service also calls him the nation's eighth-best tight end... named All-Broward County as a junior ... along with fellow NC State signee, John Dunlap, led team to 2A state finals two years in a row, winning the championship their senior season ... caught 17 passes his senior year in Chaminade's run-oriented offense ... two-time All-Broward County selection ... benches 275 pounds and squats 400

John Dunlap (6-3, 225, WR, Hollywood, Fla., Chaminade-Madonna)
No. 12-ranked prospect in Florida, according to SuperPrep recruiting publication ... earned a three-star ranking by Rivals.com * that service also ranked him 71st among the nation's wide receivers .. runs a 4.5 40 ... along with fellow NC signee Octavius Darby, led team to 2A state finals two years in a row, winning the championship their senior season ... named second-team All-Broward County junior year ... led team with 355 receiving yards as a junior ... had 27 catches for 433 yards at wide receiver his last season at Chaminade-Madonna and made 52 tackles at linebacker

Daniel Evans (6-3, 170, QB, Raleigh, N.C., Broughton HS)
Completed 272 of 473 passes for 3,796 yards and 37 TDs as a senior, including five games with over 300 passing yards ... led Broughton High to an 11-2 record in 2003 ... also rushed for 301 yards with five scores in his senior season ... threw for over 3,000 yards as a junior ... dad, Johnny, was an All-American quarterback at NC State from 1974-77 and currently provides color analysis for the Wolfpack Radio Network

Merci Falaise (6-6, 315, OL, Washington, Ga., Georgia Military College/Wilkes HS)
Pronounced mercy falease ... Transfer from Georgia Military College in Milledgeville, Ga., who be a junior in eligibilty ... enrolled at NC State this semester and will join team for spring practice ... earned a three-star rating by Rivals.com ... a junior college All-American last season ... played mostly tackle last year, but saw some time at guard and is capable of playing either position ... a four star recruit out of Washington Wilkes High ... two-time all-state first-team selection by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and the Georgia Sportswriters Association ... named a High School All-American by Prep Star ... also a two-time All-Northeast Georgia by the Athens Banner-Herald ... suffered a dislocated hip injury his junior year

Jeremy Gray (6-3, 185, CB, Opelika, Ala, Opelika HS)
Fine all-around athlete who also played basketball and ran track in high school ... one of the state's premier performers in the 300-meter hurdles ... made 40 tackles as a senior, including 11 solo stops, had two interceptions and 12 pass break ups ... totaled 50 tackles during his junior season to go with one pick and 20 breakups ... father (Jimmie) and cousin (Frank) both played football at Auburn

Anthony Hill (6-6, 260, TE, Houston, Texas, Hargrave Military/Clear Brook HS)
Earned a three-star rating by Rivals.com ... rated No. 44 nationally at his position by Rivals ... clocked a 4.7 in the 40-yard dash ... joins Hargrave teammates Darrell Blackman and Brandon Setzer at NC State

Tyler Lewis (6-2, 230, K/P, Albemarle, N.C., Albemarle HS)
Named to the 2003 EA Sports High School All-American Team ... earned a two-star rating by Rivals.com ... ranked 27th nationally among kickers by Rivals ... set 10 state or national records including career extra point kicks (350) and kicking points (428) ... booted 26 career field goals, including a 57-yarder for a team that won three straight state titles ... played in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl ... also averaged 44.2 yards per punt

LaMarte McGhee (6-6, 260, DL, Roxboro, N.C., Person HS)
Earned a three-star rating by Rivals.com ... ranked 44th nationally among defensive ends by Rivals and 20th among North Carolina prospects ... began playing football his junior year of high school, he was a basketball player ... registered 68 tackles, seven sacks, four forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries as a junior and made the Durham Herald-Sun's all-area team ... follows former Person High grads Chip Thomas and Jamie Barnette into the Wolfpack lockerroom

Gerard Miller (6-3, 270, DL, Craven, N.C., West Craven HS)
Rated the No. 26 weakside defensive end in the nation by Rivals.com ... made 84 tackles and recorded 8.5 sacks at West Craven last year as a defensive end ... caught 16 passes for four TDs at tight end ... earned first team all-conference and all-area honors ... has been clocked at 4.67 in the 40-yard dash

DaJuan Morgan (6-1, 190, ATH, Riviera Beach, Fla., Suncoast HS)
Earned a three-star rating by Rivals.com and ranked the No. 27 wide receiver in the nation ... ranked the 76th-best prospect in the Southeast by Rivals ... runs the 40 in 4.4 seconds and owns a 35-inch vertical leap ... missed his entire senior season after dislocating hip in car accident ... earned all-region honors at wide receiver and was the team MVP as a junior ... rushed for 722 yards and nine TDs that year and also pulling down five interceptions on the defensive side of the ball ... finished his high school career with 2,670 receiving yards and 27 touchdowns ... also saw some action at quarterback

DeMario Pressley (6-4, 290, DL, Greensboro, N.C., Dudley HS)
Named to the 2003 EA Sports High School All-American Team ... named to Fox Sports Net's First Team 2003 Countdown to Signing Day All-South Team ... the nation's top-ranked defensive tackle by Rivals.com ... has been clocked at 4.8 in the 40-yard dash ... racked up double-figure sacks for a second straight season last year ... two-time all-state selection and was the 2003 North Carolina Player of the Year ... five-star prospect by Rivals.com ... picked to Prep Star's Top 100 Dream Team as the No. 1 defensive lineman ... played in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl ... three-star rating by Prep Star and ranked the No. 1 prospect in North Carolina and the entire Atlantic Region

Miguel Scott (6-1, 180, DB, Miami, Fla., Killian HS)
Originally signed with NC State last year, he enrolled in school this spring and accompanied the team to the Tangerine Bowl ... recorded 65 tackles, five pass breakups and three interceptions as a senior ... ranked the No. 12 cornerback in the nation by Tom Lemming last year ... as a junior, tallied 65 tackles and picked off four passes ... has posted a 4.49 in the 40-yard dash ... bench presses 285 poinds, squats 365 and has a 32-inch vertical leap ... rated No. 47 cornerback in the nation last year by Rivals.com ... listed as the No. 51 player in Florida last year by SuperPrep ... 2002-03 all-region team selection by Prep Star ... selected to the Florida Super 75 last year ... born in Jamaica ... high school teammate of current Wolfpack players Andre Maddox, Pat Thomas, and Stephen Tulloch

Brandon Setzer (6-5, 275, DL, Thomasville, N.C., Hargrave Military/Thomasville HS)
Played football and basketball at Thomasville High and then spent last season playing football with the Hargrave postgraduate team in Chatham, Va. ... earned a three-star rating by Rivals.com ... rated No. 32 nationally among defensive ends by Rivals ... named to the NC Shrine Bowl squad

Willie Young (6-5, 215, DL, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., Palm Beach Gardens HS)
Rated a four-star prospect by Rivals.com and the No. 14 weakside defensive end in the nation ... named one of the nation's top 10 weakside defensive ends by SuperPrep ... made 60 tackles, 15 tackles for loss, nine sacks as a junior ... added 65 tackles, 25 for loss and 12 sacks senior season ... great speed and explosive power with a 34-inch vertical leap

- Bios courtesy of NC State Athletics and GoPack.com

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