Newly appointed Pack defensive coordinator Reggie Herring brought quite a resume for developing LB's when he was hired by NC State earlier this year. He's also proven himself to be quite effective on the recruiting trail as well- landing the Wolfpack on the favorite's list of several highly-regarded prospects from the northern region of Florida. The latest to express serious interest in the Pack also happens to reside at a position of major importance for the Wolfpack's class of 2005.
Jamar Chaney of St Lucie West Centennial High School in Ft. Pierce, Fla put together a tremendous season last year- amassing 120 tackles, 22 tackles-for-loss, six sacks and one interception en route to being named his team's defensive player of the year and the all-county squad.
Earlier this year Chaney attended TheInsiders/MSL Combine held in Gainesville, Fla and put up some super numbers. Checking in at 6-1, 214 pounds, Chaney ran a 4.56-second 40-yard dash, a 4.38-second shuttle and recorded a 34.5-inch vertical leap.
That athletic ability has led to a four-star rating by TheInsiders.com with Florida recruiting analyst Larry Blustein writing, "(Chaney) could become a 20-plus sack performer this season because of his ability to run, overall strength, athletic ability and knowledge of the sport. He has the instincts to make plays at any level (and) was a key member for a team that breezed through the regular season in 2003.
Chaney recently told Pack Pride that he was being recruited primarily as an OLB and schools obviously love the speedy ‘backers potential on the division one level. He's already accrued scholarship offers from NC State, Georgia, Iowa, Maryland and West Virginia with interest coming from nearly every major program in the nation.
NC State is a school that made a huge impact on Chaney and have since solidified themselves as one of his top schools.
"State offered me a while ago," said Chaney. "It was like back during the May evaluation period. They recruit a lot of Florida guys. I like some of the linebackers they've had over the last several years. I watch them all the time- like when they play Florida State. They'll be playing Miami this year so that ought to be a good game. I like how they use their defense to get after people."
Chaney also talked about his recruiting coach, Reggie Herring, and what his impressions of the Pack's new defensive coordinator were after the initial May contact period.
"Coach Herring is recruiting me and he's a really good person, Chaney said. "He sounds like he knows what he's doing and I know he's coached some LB's in the NFL. He's a real disciplined coach and he knows how to get you where you want to go."
Despite the Pack's early success with Chaney, they will have a fight on their hands as the 2004 season unwinds. The rising senior's top six schools are a who's who of perennial college football powerhouses.
"Right now I like Miami, Georgia, NC State, Florida State, Florida and LSU. But NC State is one of the schools I have high interest in. I plan to taking one of my five official visits there."
In addition to football, academics will play a huge role in Chaney's decision and it's something he will place major importance on when deciding on a school later this year.
"I'm really looking for a school that can help me out with my major which is Marketing," he said. "I also want to see how I can contribute to the team at my position. I plan to wait until signing day but my decision could come a little sooner.
Chaney projects as an academic qualifier.