The "Doc" Is In

Pack WR coach John 'Doc' Holliday is one of the nation's most effective recruiters. We take a look at the reasons behind the success and what 2004 could hold in store on the recruiting trails of S. Florida.

While Wolfpack head coach Chuck Amato has unquestionably been the architect behind the emergence of NC State football, there's also little doubt that Pack WR coach Doc Holliday has been the master carpenter in the rebuilding effort. The State football roster currently includes 13 players recruited from south Florida by Coach Holliday but perhaps most impressive is the fact that 12 of the 13 will likely be on the two-deep roster come opening day of the 2004 season.

Because of his success, it's easy to nearly take for granted Coach Holliday's ability to sway Florida kids north from an area that was completely foreign to NC State just five short years ago. While he's certainly not a big talker or the flashiest of recruiters, Holliday simply gets the job done. Players take to his laid back style but just as important are his persistence, honesty and ability to connect with the attitude of players from Florida.

"He keeps it real," said Ohio State WR Albert Dukes prior to committing to the Buckeyes . "He doesn't really promise nothing. He just lets me know that with my ability and with what I can do, I can come there and play. He doesn't give me the impression that I'm going to come there and start. I just feel we have a good relationship."

Pack LB Stephen Tulloch echoed almost the exact same sentiments. "Coach Holliday will always try to help you and he's a straight-up guy," said Tulloch back in 2003. "A lot of coaches that call try to beat around the bush but Doc's just been honest with me throughout the whole recruiting process."

With Florida breathing down his neck, Holliday's down to earth style was a major factor in DE Maurice Charles spurning the home-state Gators for a chance to run with the Pack.

Coach Holliday is real funny but he also tells you like it is," said Charles. "He's an easy-going guy that's easy to get along with."

Of course most fans will judge a coach's recruiting ability by what the next year's class holds but coach Holliday has shown amazing consistency during his tenure at NC State. Although still early, 2004 shows as much promise as any since Holliday's arrival in Raleigh.

Perhaps headlining the prospects of 2004 is RB Antone Smith (5-9, 180 pounds) of Pahokee, Fla. He is rated by the Insiders.com as a five star prospect and the No. 3 RB in the nation. While Miami will be tough to beat, reports have NC State and Florida State nipping at the Canes' heels.

The Pack has also offered massive OT Chris Barney from Northwestern High School in Miami, Fla. At 6-5, 315 pounds, Barney currently favors Miami, NC State, USC and Florida State. State looks to be in great position for an official visit later this year and could easily emerge as a serious contender for his commitment. He told TheInsiders.com, "NC State got my attention when the coaches came down here to visit. They've got a connection to south Florida because coach (Chuck) Amato used to recruit south Florida kids when he was with Florida St. I like coach Amato and (asst. head) coach (John "Doc") Holliday because they are cool coaches but I also know that they going to get on me if I don't do what I'm supposed to."

Another big-time OL prospect coach Holliday has the Pack in great shape with is OL Ronnie Wilson (6-4, 330 pounds) from Ely High School in Pompano Beach, Fla. NC State, Miami, Ohio State and Florida are some of the main school here but the Wolfpack will get a chance to make a big splash this week when Wilson attends camp at State.

Safety will be an area of focus in 2004 and State is solidly in the top five for S Dorian Munroe of Coral Reef High School in Miami. Although the Pack hasn't offered, he still lists State along with LSU, Georgia, Miami and Florida as his top five. Munroe has been assigned a four-star rating by TheInsiders.com and is considered one of the top DB prospects in the nation. He hopes to take an official visit to State in the fall.

Speaking of Safeties, Kenny Phillips (6-2, 195 pounds) from Carol City High School in Miami is rated a five-star prospect and the No. 1 Safety in the nation by TheInsiders.com. He currently boasts offers from around the nation and is listing the Wolfpack as one of his top five schools. The big three in Florida will be tough to beat but NC State is a prime contender to land an official visit later in the year.

Here's a complete rundown of the major prospects being recruited by Coach Holliday and listing State as one of their five favorites.

Name

Hometown

Offer

Camp

Favorites

QB Michael Greco

Ft Lauderdale, Fl

No

Yes

NCS, MIA, FSU

QB Jarrett Brown

W. Palm Beach, Fl

No

Yes

NCS, IOWA, FSU, WVU

WR Cedric Mcgee

Plantation, Fl

No

Yes

NCS(L), FLA, FSU, PITT, MIA,

WR Mike Moore

Coconut Creek, Fl

No

?

MIA, FSU, FLA, NCS, UGA

OL Simon Codrington

Miami, Fl

Yes

Yes

MIA, FLA, AUB, NCS

OL Christopher Barney

Miami, Fl

Yes

No

MIA, NCS, OKL, OSU, SCAL

OL Ronnie Wilson

Pompano Beach, Fl

Yes

Yes

MIA, NCS, PITT, FLA, LSU, MICH

TE Michael Holton

Pompano Beach, Fl

Yes

Yes

FLA, AUB, CLEM, NCS, UGA

DT Jeff Owens

Plantation, Fl

Yes

Yes

MIA, FSU, OKL, NCS, UGA

DE Vladimir Richard

Sunrise, Fl

Yes

No

MIA, NCS, FLA, FSU, UGA

DE Rickey Jean-Francois

Miami, Fl

No

No

MIA, FSU, NCS, IOWA, LSU

LB Steve Johnson

Plantation, Fl

Yes

Yes

MIA, NCS, UNC, AUB

LB Elijah Hodge

Ft Lauderdale, Fl

Yes

No

MIA, IOWA, NCS, PITT, LSU, DK

LB Gerald Williams

Lauderdale Lakes, Fl

Yes

Yes

MIA, FSU, NCS, UGA, LSU

S Kenny Phillips

Carol City, Fl

Yes

No

MIA, FSU, FLA, RUT, NCS

CB Chris Chancellor

Miami, Fl

Yes

No

FSU, MIA, FLA, NCS, OSU

CB Quinton Andrews

Miami, Fl

No

No

MIA, OSU, NCS, MICH, KSU

S Dorian Monroe

Miami, Fl

No

No

MIA, FSU, UGA, NCS, AUB

RB Antone Smith

Pahokee, Fl

Yes

Yes

MIA, FSU, MIA, MICH


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