NC State Class Breakdown - Defensive Backs

NC State signed two defensive backs in the 2004 recruiting class, <B>Jeremy Gray and Miguel Scott</B>. Here, we breakdown the defensive back position at NC State and evaluate both signees in the eighth position installment of the Wolfpack's class.<P> <B>Coming Friday - Kickers</b>

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NC State's Current Situation at Defensive Back: NC State returns six of their top eight defensive backs from last year, led by starting seniors Andre Maddox and Lamont Reid. Maddox was a first-team All-ACC selection as a junior, and could be the conference's top returning safety. The Wolfpack will also have the services of junior Marcus Hudson, who sat out the 2003 season. At 6'2 and 195 pounds, Hudson was the most physcial cornerback for NC State in 2002 and with their trademark press coverage his abilities were missed last year. Other players who figure into the mix include seniors Dovonte Edwards and Troy Graham, and sophomores A.J. Davis and Garland Heath. Another player to keep an eye on will be redshirt-freshman Jimmy Sutton, who was impressive while working on the scout team last season. The Wolfpack adds two defensive backs from the 2004 recruiting class, cornerback Jeremy Gray and free safety Miguel Scott. Both are big, physical prospects who fit NC State's aggressive defensive system.

Miguel Scott Player Evaluation: Played cornerback in high school but projects as a free safety on the next level. Lean, rangy athlete who is fast (4.52 NIKE 40) and athletic enough to play either position. On film he shows good natural instincts and is a big-time hitter. Has solid cover skills and comes from a strong program in Killian. Miguel's already enrolled at NC State and is good enough to see the field as a true freshman.

Senior Season Stats: 65 tackles 3 ints

What his coach said: "Miguel is a little raw right now but if they need him to play right now he can. He's a great athlete who also ran track and is probably a 10.6/10.7 guy in the 100. He's just a great athlete." -- Miami (FL) Killian Head Coach Billy Rolle

Jeremy Gray Player Evaluation: Mr. Smooth... it's that simple. Jeremy just glides across the field and is a big-time playmaker. He's a tough, physical corner who at a legit 6'3 loves to play press coverage. Likes contact and is a natural knee-bender who will come up and stuff the run. A terrific athlete, he has great speed and the ability to make up ground in a hurry. Playing in an aggressive Opelika defense, he's familiar with the coverage NC State uses and has very good technique. Can cover the slant and fade routes effectively, and uses his hands well off the line of scrimmage. If he keeps growing then he could end up at free safety in college, but I love his upside at cornerback. A great pickup for the Wolfpack who is fully qualified to play as a freshman.

Film Session: CB #8 Jeremy Gray

Senior Season Stats: 40 tackles 2 ints 12 pass breakups

What his coach said: "Jeremy's a good athlete, and he has started a lot of games for us. He's smart, likes contact, and I think he's going to be a very good college football player." -- Opelika Head Coach Spence McCracken

Defensive Back Position Grade/Analysis: (B-) -- NC State landed two very good defensive backs in Miguel Scott and Jeremy Gray, but the Wolfpack missed on several notable targets, such as Lovon Ponder, J.R. Bryant, and Tony Joiner. However with so much talent returning, signing more than one or two defensive backs wasn't a must, and NC State was able to sign two prospects who could contribute early while in Raleigh.

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