NC State Class Breakdown - Defensive Ends

NC State signed three defensive ends in the 2004 recruiting class, <B>Willie Young, John Bedics, and Raymond Brooks</B>. Here, we breakdown the defensive end position at NC State and evaluate Young, Bedics, and Brooks in the sixth position installment of the Wolfpack's class.<P> <B>Coming Wednesday - Defensive Tackles</b>

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NC State's Current Situation at Defensive End: The Wolfpack returns a wealth of talent at the defensive end position next year, led by outstanding sophomore Mario Williams. The 6'7 255-pounder made several freshmen All-American teams in his first season and will likely contend for All-conference honors in 2004. The opposite side could see Mario flanked by another long, lean, pure athlete in the freakish junior, Manny Lawson. Lawson started his first game ever at Defensive End in the Tangerine Bowl and looked impressive. Early reports suggest that he will remain at defensive end, where he could wreak havoc on opposing offensive lines. The 6'5 220 pounder recently won the ACC Long Jump Championship, showcasing his athleticism. Other returnees who will contend for playing time include sophomore Maurice Charles (can also play DT), sophomore James Martin (can also play LB), and junior Chip Cross. Junior Renaldo Moses should return healthy in 2004 from an ACL injury that sidelined him last season. Moses, who began the year as a starter, could figure into the mix as well. The Wolfpack signed defensive end prospects Willie Young, John Bedics, and Raymond Brooks in this year's class, looking to add depth to a young but talented position.

Willie Young Player Evaluation: On film, Young showcases great speed and athleticism off the edge. He has long arms that allow him to get off blocks quickly and disrupt the passing lanes. Deceptive strength and is very agile. Long, lanky athlete who will need to add weight to play defensive end at NC State, but has all the tools to be a great one. Physically resembles current Wolfpacker Manny Lawson and 2005 commit Chad Green coming out of high school. Fits in nicely with the new "mold" of defensive ends that NC State recruits.

Senior Season Stats: 65 tackles, 25 tackles for loss, and 12 sacks in 11 games

What his coach said: "Willie is great off the edge and played there for us. He ran a 4.6 on grass at the NIKE Camp, so that shows you how fast he is. Some schools mentioned him playing linebacker, but I think he stays at defensive end after his body matures. He's just a great kid who loves playing football." -- Palm Beach Gardens Head Coach Tim Tharp

John Bedics Player Evaluation: A sleeper prospect that not many gurus knew about, Bedics is definitely one to watch. He plays with passion and has a motor that doesn't stop running. He has a great frame and already looks the part of a college defensive end. Deceptive speed... much quicker then you would think and gets off blocks very well. A versatile prospect who could help NC State at defensive end, tight end, defensive tackle, or even offensive tackle. Can he play defensive end for NC State? After seeing his film, I definitely think he can.

Senior Season Stats: 60+ tackles 7 sacks 3 forced fumbles as a senior

What his coach said: "John has a great motor and always gives 100%. He's only played football for three years, so he is a little raw at defensive end, but he's got a lot of potential. I think he will fit in well at NC State under Coach Amato." -- Bethlehem (PA) Catholic Head Coach Chuck Sonon

Raymond Brooks Player Evaluation: Physically, Brooks could be the most impressive of the group. At 6'4 and 260 pounds, Raymond returned three kickoffs for touchdowns as a high school senior. He has great speed and athleticism... some think he could play linebacker if needed. A strongside defensive end, Brooks could also grow into a defensive tackle for the Wolfpack. In high school he was able to get by on athleticism and natural ability, but will need to continue developing his fundamentals at the next level. With that being said, he has all the tools to be a star at NC State.

Senior Season Stats: 94 tackles and 12 sacks

What his coach said: "Raymond has unbelievable speed for his size. He can run the 40 in the 4.5 range and he's just an impressive looking kid. He has returned two kicks 90 plus yards for touchdowns this year. He's a great lead blocker and he just scares people. You see him in pads and your jaw drops. I think Raymond will be a defender in college. He can play a defensive end or a linebacker with his speed." -- Williamsport (PA) Head Coach Steve Radocaj

Defensive End Position Grade/Analysis: (A) -- NC State did a great job of recruiting defensive ends with this class. They filled their needs with the additions of Young, Bedics, and Brooks. The Wolfpack missed on just two defensive ends, Olu Hall (Virginia) and Brandon Daniel (Florida), while also landing Vanceboro (NC) West Craven's Gerard Miller. Miller played End for the Eagles, but I feel he will be a Defensive Tackle at NC State. These prospects all appear to have bright futures wearing the red and white.

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