NC State's Current Situation at Wide Receiver: Wideout could be the deepest returning position at NC State, with the Wolfpack bringing back 6 of their top 7 wide receivers. Replacing super senior Jerricho Cotchery will be tough, but look for juniors Tramain Hall and Richard Washington have huge seasons in 2004. Junior Brian Clark was a valuable possession receiver last year and could emerge as the replacement for Cotchery. Redshirt-junior Sterling Hicks was off to a great start before suffering a knee injury against Ohio State. Look for sophomores Chris Hawkins and Lamart Barrett to be in the mix for playing time as well. NC State signed both Riviera Beach (FL) Suncoast's DaJuan Morgan and Hollywood (FL) Chaminade's John Dunlap in this recruiting class. Both have the ability to see the field as true freshmen.
John Dunlap Player Evaluation: On film Dunlap shows good quickness for the position and displays real ball skills at wideout. He uses his 6'2 220 pound frame to go over (and sometimes through) smaller defensive backs for the football. He could use some route improvements but most high school players do.
Working out of the wing-T offense in high school, John wasn't able to get many receiving opportunities but did showcase VERY good blocking technique. He plays the position with a nasty demeanor, which is why some analysts feel he may eventually end up at linebacker. He really has it all and could be a star at either position for the Wolfpack.
Dunlap Senior Season Stats: 30 receptions 500 yards and 11 touchdowns
What his coach said: "Dunlap is a super kid and a great athlete. He's very explosive and has a 38 inch vertical. John's played Wide Receiver his entire life but in the spring we moved him to Linebacker and the college scouts fell in love with him." -- Chaminade Head Coach Mark Guandolo
DaJuan Morgan Player Evaluation: WOW! On film DaJuan is probably the most explosive and dynamic prospect I've seen this year. At 6'2 and 195 pounds he played quarterback as a junior for Suncoast. Has the ability to play in slow motion... just glides across the field. Very fast and instinctive prospect who reminds me of LSU's signee Early Doucet, who also played quarterback as a prepstar. DaJuan can stop on a dime and make defenders miss. The best way to sum it up is he plays like the guy you control on a video game. He has those types of moves. Morgan also starred as a safety for Suncoast. On defense he's a hard-hitter who roams the field simply making plays. He can play either position in college, but I think he's too good with the ball in his hands to play defense.
The one drawback to DaJuan has been a hip injury that he suffered prior to his senior year, causing him to miss the season. Several schools backed off and some analysts feel that Ohio State thought he wouldn't fully recover and pulled their scholarship offer. Morgan informed StateFans that he was recently given a clean bill of health and is 100% healthy... even choosing to run track this spring. If Morgan comes to Raleigh 100%, he just might be the "steal of the year," according to TheInsiders.com National Analyst Jamie Newberg.
Morgan Senior Season Stats: Did not play his senior season.
What his coach said: "I'm allowing him to wear [NFL great] Anthony Carter's number and no one has worn that jersey since Carter twenty-five years ago. He exhibits every trait that I want to see in an athlete and person, and that's how much respect I have for him." -- Riviera Beach (FL) Suncoast Head Coach Jimmie Bell
Wide Receiver Position Grade/Analysis: (B+) -- NC State did a great job securing signatures from John Dunlap and DaJuan Morgan, two of the better wide receivers on their radar. Morgan is believed to have been NC State's #1 wideout target before originally verbaling to Ohio State last November. The Wolfpack set up an official visit with him in early August, before any other receivers. Dunlap had offers to play wideout from the likes of Miami, Florida, and Virginia Tech... an impressive offer list.
Although the Wolfpack set out to sign 1 or 2 wide receivers in this class and did just that, it can be said that they missed out on several top wideouts. Cherryville WR Kenneth Harris, Fork Union's Dorien Bryant, and Glades Central (FL) WR Albert Dukes were a few who spurned NC State. With that being said, most feel the Wolfpack coaching staff is ecstatic about the additions of Dunlap and Morgan.
Athlete DaJuan Morgan