As is the case with every recruiting class, landing talented, offensive linemen will be a priority for the NC State coaching staff. Early feedback from numerous prospects suggest that the Wolfpack may be in the best position in years to land several big-timers and the sheer numbers listing the Pack appears to be a major area for strength for NC State in 2004. Pack Pride breaks down the players considering the Wolfpack and gives in-depth analysis of State's chances with each.
- NC State loses after 2004 season:
C Jed Paulsen (starter)
OT Chris Colmer (starter)
OG Rickey Fowler (previous starter)
-How many OL will the Pack try to sign in 2005:
between 3 and 5
The Pack's best bets- NC State has offered and appears to have the best shot at the following:
Julian Williams (6-4, 290 pounds, 5.0 in the 40) New Bern (NC) High School
Recruiting Notes....Earlier this year Williams was unabashed in naming the Pack as his favorite. As time has worn on, Williams has backed off those claims publically, but behind the scenes, most still feel like State is the team to beat. East Carolina and Maryland has offered as well but we think Williams is destined for Raleigh as things stand now. His commitment certainly wouldn't hurt with the recruiting of teammate Montario Hardesty...Recruiting Rating...3-star
Curtis Crouch (6-5, 310 pounds, 5.2 in the 40) EE Smith High School, Fayetteville, NC
Recruiting Notes....The Pack appears to solidly be the team everyone else is chasing for Crouch. He has a former teammate in Pack DL Demarcus Tyler already in Raleigh, his family is solidly in NC State's corner and the chance to play close to home is a priority according to Crouch. Look out primarily for Tennessee and Virginia Tech although Oklahoma has made a huge push. Right now, we think he'll commit to State later in the year....Recruiting Rating...3-star
Jerrail McCuller (6-7, 300 pounds, 5.1 in the 40) Atlantic Shores High School, Chesapeake, Va
Recruiting Notes....While NC State may be the leader currently, we clearly came away with the impression that the potential is there for McCuller's favorite to change on a dime. He's looking forward to the recruiting process and any additional offers could impact State's current spot at the top of his favorite's list. Michigan State and Virginia Tech are two key teams to watch here....Recruiting Rating...Unrated
Michael Turkovich (6-7, 255 pounds, 4.9 in the 40) Valley Forge Military Academy, Wayne, Pa
Recruiting Notes....A month ago we felt there was an 80-20 chance of Turkovich choosing the Pack. A monkey wrench was thrown in the works when LSU offered Turkovich just a few weeks ago. Now, it appears that his recruiting could go well into 2004 before a decision. As things stand now, it appears Turkovich will choose between LSU and the Pack with proximity to home and his relationship with OL coach Barry being the main feathers in State's cap. As this draws out, other schools could, and most likely will, join in the race. Right now, it's too close to call....Recruiting Rating...3-star
The Pack is a serious contender- NC State looks solid to get an official visit but has serious competition from several teams.
Ronnie Wilson (6-3, 335 pounds, 5.4 in the 40) Ely High School, Pompano Beach, Fla
Recruiting Notes....Wilson camped at State this summer and has former Ely stars LB/DE James Martin and WR Sterling Hicks already on the Pack roster. As things stand now, we think Ohio State, Florida and NC State lead. It is our belief that State may trail Florida and Ohio State ever so slightly but that lead could easily be erased when Wilson officially visits the Wolfpack on Sept. 18 for it's contest with Ohio State. He plans to enroll in college in January....Recruiting Rating...4-star
Simon Codrington (6-7, 265 pounds, 5.1 in the 40) S Miami (Fla) High School
Recruiting Notes....Codrington is a very athletic but raw offensive lineman whose best days lie ahead. Camped at State and has a great relationship with Coach Amato who was actually involved in Codrington's father's recruiting while at Florida State. Codrington likes Miami but we think the odds are slim for the Canes to offer. The biggest comp here will be Florida who has offered. This recruiting story appears to be very similar to that of Willie Young from last year that came down to the Gators and Pack on signing day....Recruiting Rating...3-star
The Pack will have work to do- landing one of these players could prove tough but getting an official visit looks likely, at which point, anything's possible.
Chris Barney (6-5, 315 pounds, 5.45 in the 40) Northwestern High School, Miami, Fla
Recruiting Notes....While NC State has had a ton of success at numerous high schools in Florida, unfortunately, Northwestern hasn't been one of them. The Pack will almost certainly get an official visit but getting Barney out of Miami could be next to impossible....Recruiting Rating...4-star
Michael Oher (6-5, 320 pounds, 5.2 in the 40) Briarcrest Christian, Memphis, Tn
Recruiting Notes....May possibly be the most talented OL on the Pack's board. Unbelievable ability to move given his size. Visited State for junior day and followed that up by coming to camp. Historically State has not fared well in trying to steal SEC prospects out of the heart of SEC country. With Oher, they'll also have to fend off other numerous big-time programs. We think State could possibly get an official visit but it's probably not a given. The leaders here are LSU, Florida State, Memphis, Ole Miss, Tennessee and NC State....Recruiting Rating...5-star
The Pack's watching- NC State has not offered any of these prospects but they're good enough that they could earn an offer at some point.
Kevin Wiggins (6-7, 320 pounds, 5.4 in the 40) Dunbar High School, Washington, DC
Recruiting Notes....Needs to watch his weight but has earned offers from Maryland and Pittsburgh. Wiggins likes NC State and the Pack could emerge as a serious contender should they offer.
Jon Walko (6-6, 288 pounds, 5.2 in the 40) Seneca Valley High School, Germantown, MD
Recruiting Notes....Pack has called this month and is obviously interested but has yet to offer. Clemson, Virginia Tech and West Virginia have offered and lead.
Terrance Campbell (6-5, 295 pounds, 5.0 in the 40) Purnell-Swett High School, Pembroke, NC
Recruiting Notes....Campbell has yet to earn a scholarship offer but possesses the size and quicks to do just that with a successful senior year. Would most likely commit to State should the Pack offer.
Names to keep in mind- Not much is known about these prospects or they are committed to other schools, however, we'll be tracking them just in case.
Robin Lindor (6-4, 335 pounds, 5.4 in the 40) Edison High School, Miami, Fla
Quentez Ruffin (6-4, 290 pounds, 5.1 in the 40) Leon High School, Tallahassee, Fla-committed to Clemson
Jamarcus Grant (6-5, 320 pounds, 5.1 in the 40) Mullins (SC) High School-Committed to Clemson
Brandon Richardson (6-4, 330 pounds, 5.6 in the 40) New Brighton (PA) High School
Brian Simmons (6-5, 305 pounds, 5.2 in the 40) Hargrave Military Academy