Pack Pride Presents The Top 25 List

Pack Pride breaks down all the prospects reporting an NC State offer and rates them according to their interest in the Wolfpack.

Pack Pride presents The Top 25 List. This feature gives a detailed listing of players interested in NC State and they are ranked according to their interest in the Wolfpack based on information gathered by the staff at Pack Pride. This list is in no way connected with any actual recruiting list of the NC State coaching staff. All players on this board have received a scholarship offer from the Pack unless specified otherwise.

Pack Pride Rating Legend

100- Verbal Commitment

95-99 NCS Lean

90-94 NCS in top 2 or 3

85-89 NCS in top 5 or 6

75-84 NCS has work to do

1. DE Chad Green (6-5, 240 pounds) Hinds Community College, Raymond, Ms

Notes....Committed to NCS in 2003.... JUCO All-American....NCS Recruiter....Manny Diaz....Rating....100

2. DE Greg Peterson (6-5, 260 pounds) Hinds Community College, Raymond, Ms

Notes....Committed to NCS over UNC, OM, UNC and others....JUCO All-American HM....NCS Recruiter.....Doc Holliday....Rating....100

3. QB Mike Greco (6-3, 205 pounds, 4.4/40) Cardinal Gibbons HS, Ft Lauderdale, Fla

Prospect Ranking...3-star prospect...No. 42 player in Florida by Recruiter........Doc Holliday

Notes....Greco blew up at NCS's camp and came away with an offer. State took the lead for his services with Auburn and Rutgers nipping at their heels. Many feel either Miami or Florida State will ultimately offer depending on how things shake out with their QB prospects. Should that happen then that team would most likely become State's stiffest competition....Update...Verbal Commitment...Update...Missed first two games due to broken knuckle but threw 25-yard TD pass in first game back...Rating....100

4. OL Garrett Kline (6-7, 315 pounds, 5.3 in the 40) Lackawanna Junior College

Prospect Ranking...Unrated...NCS Recruiter...Curt Cignetti

Notes...Big, physical OT that will be counted on to come in and contribute early. Committed to NCS last June...Rating...100

5. OL Jeraill McCuller (6-7, 300 pounds, 5.2 in the 40) Atlantic Shores HS, Chesapeake, Va

Prospect Ranking...Unrated...NCS Recruiter...Manny Diaz

Notes...Very raw player with tremendous upside. Because of age, could be a junior currently. Pack is first offer and they lead but other offers could shake up McCuller's favorite's list. Other primary players are Maryland, West Virginia, South Carolina, Ohio State and Michigan State...Update...NC State commitment...Rating...100

6. OL Julian Williams (6-4, 295 pounds, 5.2/40) New Bern (NC) High School

Prospect Ranking....3-star prospect....Nation's No. 14 OG by Tom Lemming...NCS Recruiter........Manny Diaz

Notes....Has offers from NCS, ECU and MD. Injury in 2003 has caused some schools to take wait and see approach but Pack has been aggressive. State has been Williams' consistent leader with many feeling a commit to NCS only being a matter of time. Teammates with Pack recruit Montario Hardesty....Update...Williams declares no favorite among East Carolina, NC State and Maryland. We think State is still in a good position but there's no denying Williams has backed off his claims on NC State leading from earlier in the year...Update...The Pack now appears to be firmly in the lead but TENN has offered so an eye will have to be kept on the Vols...Rating.....97

7. OL Andy Barbee (6-4, 300 pounds, 5.2 in the 40) Crest High School, Shelby, NC

Prospect Ranking...Unrated...NCS Recruiter...Dick Portee

Notes...Technically sound center prospect that pulls well and plays to the whistle. Pack was first to offer but Barbee likes UNC and NC State equally. A UNC offer probably makes this a 50-50 bet to go either way. Departure of senior centers from both teams is a factor. Will officially visit State later in the year...Rating...95

8. OL Curtis Crouch (6-5, 315 pounds, 5.3/40) EE Smith High School, Fayetteville, NC

Prospect Ranking....3-star prospect...Nation's No. 6 OG by Tom Lemming....No. 11 player in NC....NCS Recruiter........Curt Cignetti

Notes....Super OL prospect with tremendous strength and good agility. Offers from NCS, OKL, UVA, VT and TENN and has consistently listed NCS as fave. Family prefers NCS and former teammate, Demarcus Tyler, is at State now. Watch out for TENN and potentially VT.....Update...State still at the top but visits could become crucial. We like the fact Crouch's family is pushing State...Update...Crouch took in Richmond and OSU games at State. Will officially visit Oklahoma, NC State, Virginia Tech and Tennessee (no offer). We still think State to be the team to beat...Rating....95

9. ATH Montario Hardesty (6-1, 200 pounds, 4.4/40) New Bern (NC) High School

Prospect Ranking....4-star prospect....Nation's No. 11 S.....No. 7 player in NC....NCS Recruiter........Manny Diaz

Notes....Amazing ATH that could project at a number of positions. Has steadily seen his offer list grow this summer. Grew up a fan of FSU but Noles have not been overly involved. Many feel, short of an FSU offer, NCS could prove tough to beat- especially if teammate Julian Williams should choose the Pack. NEB, VT and UNC also heavily involved....Update...NC State now leads slightly with Nebraska, Virginia Tech, Florida State, Tennessee and Clemson trailing closely...Rating....95

10. TE/DE Jonathan Hannah (6-4, 255 pounds, 4.8/40) South View HS, Hope Mills, NC

Prospect Ranking.....4-star prospect....Nation's No. 5 TE....No. 4 player in NC....NCS Recruiter........Mike Barry

Notes....Tremendous jumbo athlete who now has better than a dozen offers. NCS and VT have been prominent for months with VT taking a slight lead recently. Father played at NCS. Some feel Hannah is destined for NCS but the fact some feel that way could hurt with Hannah. NCS will have to win Hannah over because he won't choose NCS simply because both parents went there. Update...Recently attended Meet the Pack Day and State still looks to be strong. Hannah explained on Pack Pride that he and Cameron Sexton would like to attend the same school but both ultimately have to do what's best for both....Update...Says he will pay for official visit to NC State. Has not attended an NC State home game this year but Pack still appears strong. Look out for Virginia Tech still as well as Penn State, Oklahoma and Clemson...Update...One guru from a competing team for Hannah told Pack Pride that he was hearing from his sources that the only way Hannah wouldn't go to State was if the Pack stopped recruiting him. That ain't gonna happen...Rating....94

11. QB Chris Todd (6-3, 190 pounds) Elizabethtown (Ky) High School

Prospect Ranking...Currently unranked....NCS Recruiter....Curt Cignetti

Notes....Pocket passer that had monster season as a junior passing for better than 4,500 yards and 50 touchdowns. Camped at State this summer and reported that he came away with an offer. In addition to the Pack, Todd claims offers from UNC, WF and CINC. Todd is reportedly trying to decide between UNC and NCS and a decision could potentially come at any time. One caveat is that we're not completely sure what effect Greco's commit could have on the status of Todd, or if it could have any effect at all as it appears State is seriously pursuing the possibility of landing two QB's.....Update...Todd says he now favors NC State, Texas Tech and Oklahoma although the Sooners haven't offered. Todd seemed to indicate that State may have a slight lead and he will officially visit for the Miami game...Update...Todd continues to list NC State and Texas Tech as the leaders...Rating....94

12. CB Jordan Hemby (5-11, 175 pounds, 4.4/40) Freedom High School, Morganton, NC

Prospect Ranking....No. 26 player in NC...NCS Recruiter........Curt Cignetti

Notes....Has attended four camps and earned a scholarship from each school he attended including NCS, VT, UNC and CLEM. Has shied away from naming faves so impossible to say exactly what he might be thinking. Has forged a good relationship with the NCS coaches however....Update...Visited for OSU game and will return for the Miami game. Still denies favorites from among NC State, Virginia Tech, UNC and Clemson although we felt much more positive after speaking with him...Rating....93

13. RB Richie Rich (5-10, 180 pounds, 4.4/40) Wheeler High School, Marietta, Ga

Prospect Ranking....4-star prospect....Nation's No. 20 RB....NCS Recruiter........Noel Mazzone

Notes....Super player with great strength, speed and vision. Coach Mazzone loves Rich at RB and that fact has propelled NCS to the front of Rich's top five along with MD. However, MD may not take any more RB's which could drop them on his list. Will visit NCS this fall. Other schools to keep an eye on are FSU, ND, AUB and OKL...Update....Rich loves the Florida schools and has not hid the fact he would probably commit should FSU or MIA offer....However, short of an offer from those two, State still looks strong with their offense being a major selling point....Rating....93

14. CB Levin Neal (5-11, 180 pounds, 4.4/40) Ashley High School, Wilmington, NC

Prospect Ranking....3-star prospect...No. 23 player in NC....NCS Recruiter........Greg Williams

Notes....Neal is a player that reportedly had a tremendous showing at NCS's camp and came away with an offer. Has better than a half dozen offers but favors NCS in-state and FSU and UGA out-of-state. Will attend the MIA contest later this year...Update....Neal recently suffered an ankle injury but all indications are State will not let up. NCS has a lot of potential to emerge as a leader here at some point. FSU, UGA and FLA continue to be the main competition.....Update...Visited for OSU game with teammate Geron James. Will officially visit VT on 11-1...Rating....93

15. WR/RB JC Neal (6-0, 185 pounds, 4.4/40) Lakewood High School, Sumter, SC

Prospect Ranking....3-star prospect....No. 8 player in SC....NCS Recruiter........Dick Portee

Notes....Blazing prospect who reportedly wowed the NCS coaches at camp with his speed. Being recruited as a WR/RB, odds are he would end up at WR for NCS. Has better than a dozen offers but has consistently favored VT and NCS. Should be in attendance for State games this fall...Update...Maryland, VT and NC State continue to lead the way with Duke in the mix as well. ....Update...Neal has established official visits with Virginia Tech and Maryland. NC State appears to still be a major player and should be setting an official visit in the near future. Florida State is still a possibility...Update...Will officially visit NC State on Dec. 10. Appears to be three horse race between NCS, VT and MD...Rating....92

16. DE Everette Brown (6-4, 240 pounds, 4.55/40) Beddingfield High School, Wilson, NC

Prospect Ranking....4-star prospect....Nation's No. 12 DE....No. 6 player in NC....NCS Recruiter........Manny Diaz

Notes....Sports offers from NCS, TENN, MIA, VT and UNC among others. NCS, UNC, PSU, MIA and FSU appear to be the primary contenders. Has made unofficial visits to NCS but has not named any leaders as of yet. Brown heading out of state could be a real possibility....Update...We feel much better about State's chances although it will be a dogfight. Brown visited for the OSU game and continues to favor the same schools...Rating....92

17. LB Ryan Stamper (6-2, 215 pounds, 4.6 in the 40) First Coast HS, Jacksonville, Fla

Prospect Ranking...3-star prospect...NCS Recruiter....Reggie Herring

Notes...Coach Herring has made great inroads with Stamper and he referred to Herring as his favorite coach that he has talked to during the contact period. A lot of potential for State to move up during the visit due to Florida connections on team and playing time. Auburn and Clemson look strong currently. Clemson has already landed a commit from Stamper's teammate, Paul Muse...Update...NC State is battling AUB and CLEM for Stamper. Visit on Dec 3 will be huge for State but this is a player we really think State could snag in the end...Rating...92

18. DT Brian Simmons (6-4, 300 pounds, 5.1 in the 40) Hargrave Military Academy

Prospect Ranking...Unrated...NCS Recruiter...Todd Stroud

Notes...Oklahoma gave early offer and there's little doubt that gave other colleges reason to inspect Simmons closer. Virginia Tech followed suit as did the Pack. Although the connections with Simmons are obvious, the burning question will be whether NC State's offer came too late. Simmons officially visited State last year at which time, the Pack was the leader. They'll have to really turn up the heat if they hope to overcome the Sooner's lead...Rating...92

19. S Dorian Munroe (6-0, 180 pounds, 4.55/40) Coral Reef HS, Miami, Fl

Prospect Ranking....4-star prospect and the No. 29 player in Florida by Recruiter....Doc Holliday

Notes....Munroe has good speed and the play-making ability and football savvy that can't be coached. Georgia, Miami, Florida State, Florida and LSU appear to be the front-runners but we really like the Pack's chances here. Munroe has connections with several of the Killian players on the State roster, particularly Bobby Washington and that could help State's chances when official visits roll around.....Update...Reports that he favors Georgia and NC State. Miami or Florida State offer could change that...Rating....92

20. OL Chris Barney (6-5, 315 pounds, 5.2/40) Northwestern High School, Miami, Fla

Prospect Ranking....4-star prospect....Nation's No. 26 OL....No. 2 OL in Florida by Orlando Sentinel....NCS Recruiter........Doc Holliday

Notes....Super OL prospect with outstanding strength and good agility. Close to 20 offers but the front runners appear to be MIA, Southern Cal, NCS, OKL, OSU and FSU. We feel strongly that State will get an official visit but history has not been kind to the Pack with OL from S. Florida.....Update...Barney continues to favor Miami but a case could be made that State has emerged as his clear No. 2 choice. If they can convince him of early available playing time, perhaps he could be won over...Update...Barney favors MIA over NCS, however, State may have an ace here. Grades are somewhat of a concern and the Canes cannot afford to risk over-signing again in 2005. If Barney is borderline to qualify when signing day approaches, that could open the door for State to steal him...Rating....92

21. ATH Demerick Chancellor (6-1, 185 pounds, 4.5 in the 40) Edison HS, Miami, Fla

Prospect Ranking...3-star prospect...NCS Recruiter...Doc Holliday

Notes...State was one of first schools to offer. Plays RB but could end up at DB as well. Pack has also offered brother Chris. Chancellor favors NC State, Florida and Rutgers over Miami, Texas and South Carolina...Rating...91

22. CB Chris Chancellor (5-9, 155 pounds, 4.4/40) Edison High School, Miami, Fla

Prospect Ranking...3-star prospect....NCS Recruiter...Doc Holliday

Notes...Favors FSU (childhood fave) over FLA, MIA, NEB & NCS....Update...Chancellor now favors MIA slightly over FSU and NCS. Pack is only team of faves to offer both he and his brother. Look for State to try to bring the Chancellors in on Dec 3...Rating....91

23. CB Guesly Dervil (5-10, 170 pounds, 4.4/40) Ed White High School, Jacksoville, Fla

Prospect Ranking....3-star prospect...NCS Recruiter........Reggie Herring

Notes....Has about a half dozen offers but has been favoring NCS for weeks. Very fast and athletic CB. Brother, Gerlin, is already at NCS. Keep an eye on Florida if they decide to offer. Another school in the running is UGA....Rating....91

24. RB Toney Baker (5-11, 215 pounds, 4.4/40) Ragsdale High School, Jamestown, NC

Prospect Ranking....4-star prospect....Nation's No. 3 RB by Tom Lemming....No. 1 player in NC....NCS Recruiter........Curt Cignetti

Notes....Some consider Baker to be a heavy silent lean to NCS. Publically, Baker says he is open between NCS, UNC, VT, UVA and TENN. Proximity to home is big consideration as is ability to impact as a freshman. Baker has numerous friends at State and has unofficially visited several times...Update...With the Pack securing Bobby Washington, State's chances of landing Baker slipped. Where State looked almost like a sure thing several weeks ago, NCS, VT and UVA all look neck and neck currently. Should Darrell Blackman and Bobby Washington have big years, realistically, one would expect State to fall further....Update...Visited VT for NCS game and will visit NCS this weekend for the WF game. Baker will probably compare C-F crowd to Blacksburg. With VT getting a commit from Elan Lewis, Virginia and Tennessee now look like the primary threats...Rating....91

25. LB Elijah Hodge (6-1, 200 pounds, 4.5/40) Dillard High School, Ft Lauderdale, Fla

Notes...4-star prospect....NCS Recruiter...Doc Holliday

Notes...Favors MIA, IOWA (brother plays at Iowa), LSU and NCS.....Update...Hodge favors MIA, IOWA and NCS. All three appear to be fairly close although IOWA (brother plays at Iowa) and hometown Canes may hold slight advantage. Ability to play early could help NCS. Will visit Dec 3...Rating....91

Just missed the cut....

Here's 17 more prospects who didn't quite make the top 25 list but the potential is certainly there for any of these talented players to be included in future lists.

26. OL Simon Codrington (6-5, 265 pounds, 5.0/40) S. Miami (Fla) High School

Prospect Ranking....3-star prospect....No. 7 OL in Florida by Orlando Sentinel....NCS Recruiter........Doc Holliday

Notes....Tall, athletic OL who holds a tremendous amount of upside. Reports close to two dozen offers but appears to be mainly focused on the Big 3, WVU, NCS and MSU. FLA may hold the upper hand currently but this is a player State has the potential to land....Update...All indications are this battle will come down to FLA or NCS. Codrington has said that if he goes out of state to play it will most likely be at NC State...Rating....91

27. OL Michael Turkovich (6-5, 265 pounds, 5.0/40) Valley Forge Academy, Wayne, Pa

Prospect Ranking...Currently Unranked....NCS Recruiter........Greg Williams

Notes....Picked up offers from NCS, UNC, DK, BC and WIS this summer and currently favors NCS. Wants to play in big-time conference and proximity to home is a factor as well. Not necessarily a slam dunk for NCS so keep an eye on BC and WIS. Update...LSU recently offered and that has greatly clouded the picture. Decision could still come any day and it looks to be between LSU and NCS. Could go either way at this point.....Update...Turkovich now says he's even between WIS, BC, LSU and NCS. We're not as optimistic here as we once were but the additions of McCuller and Kline certainly help if the Pack misses here...Rating....90

28. OL Robin Lindor (6-4, 335 pounds, 5.4 in the 40) Edison HS, Miami, Fla

Prospect Ranking...2-star prospect...NCS Recruiter...Doc Holliday

Notes...Pack first began to show interest over the summer and is involved with several Edison players. Pack has offered according to Lindor and he is currently denying any particular favorites although we think he favors Florida State over Pittsburgh, Miami, Ohio State, NC State and Oklahoma...Update...Lindor told Pack Pride he now favors MIA, FSU, NCS and OKL. Until we can better determine State's interest level, we'll keep him down the list...Rating...90

29. LB Geno Hayes (6-2, 215 pounds, 4.6/40) Madison County High School, Madison, Fla

Prospect Ranking....5-star prospect....Nation's No. 3 LB.......NCS Recruiter........Reggie Herring

Notes....One of the nation's most devastating LB prospects. Has the ability to change the outcome of a game from his LB spot. Better than 2 dozen offers but favors USC, FSU, NCS, LSU, OKL and MIA. Grew up a fan of FSU but seemed bothered that they didn't offer early. NCS led in the early going but recently Southern Cal has been out front with State in his top five...Update...Pack continues in top 5 for Hayes but obviously have slipped from when they led back in the spring. Many insiders feel that FSU has taken the lead which could really spell doom for the Pack's chances if it turns out to be true....Update...Sources indicate Florida State and Georgia may hold an advantage while USC is intriguing to Hayes as well. However, there's no mistaking the job State has done and they could be a darkhorse...Rating....90

30. OL Jason Kacinko (6-6, 300 pounds, 5.2 in the 40) Penn Trafford HS, Harrison City, Pa

Notes...4-star prospect...NCS Recruiter...Curt Cignetti/Greg Williams...

Notes...Maryland currently holds a fairly sizeable lead but, if Kacinko doesn't commit early, State should get an official visit. Wisconsin, Michigan State, NC State and Pittsburgh are the other main schools in the hunt...Rating...90

31. OL Michael Oher (6-5, 330 pounds, 5.2/40) Briarcrest Christian, Memphis, Tn

Notes.....5-star prospect...Nation's No. 4 OL....Doesn't appear to be leaning in any direction but likes TENN, MEM, NCS, OKL and FSU. Has visited NCS twice and there is potential for him to move up on this list...Update...Oher has been impossible to reach but all indications are he had a super visit to NC State. Pack will have to overcome the distance factor although it can be done...Rating....90

32. QB Cameron Sexton (6-2, 177 pounds, 4.4/40) Scotland County HS, Laurinburg, NC

Prospect Ranking....3-star prospect....No. 16 player in NC....NCS Recruiter........Greg Williams

Notes....Has close to 12 offers but seems most interested in FSU, VT, NCS and CLEM. Has made several trips to State including pro-day and camp. Also made an impromptu visit to watch Pack players working out. Although he has not publically named a leader, some feel VT and FSU may hold the upper hand...Update... UNC recently re-entered the picture and have become a huge player once again. Although he has not said so publically, our feeling is that State has dropped somewhat....Update...Maintains an open top five list publically but behind the scenes, we think 1-Florida State, 2-NC State, 3-UNC, 4-Virginia Tech, 5-Clemson...Rating....90

33. WR TJ Williams (6-2, 170 pounds, 4.5 in the 40) Leon HS, Tallahassee, Fla

Prospect Ranking...2-star prospect...NCS Recruiter...Reggie Herring

Notes...Pack has been involved with several Leon targets. Williams currently favors Florida State and Clemson over Georgia and NC State. Coach Herring will have ground to make up if he wants to gain on the Noles and Tigers but an official visit is possible if Williams doesn't commit first...Rating...89


34. DE/TE Richard Gordon (6-4, 255 pounds, 4.7/40) Norland High School, Miami, Fla

Prospect Ranking....4-star prospect....Nation's No. 15 DE....No. 1 TE in Florida by Orlando Sentinel....NCS Recruiter........Doc Holliday

Notes....One of the nation's best combo DE/TE athletes. Has around 10 offers and has reported that NCS is one of the schools recruiting him the hardest. Primary schools right now appear to be NEB, FLA, FSU and NCS but watch out for MIA should the Canes offer. Potential for OV later in the year looks good....Rating....89

35. DE Courtney Harris (6-3, 230 pounds, 4.7 in the 40) Jupiter (Fla) HS

Notes...3-star prospect...NCS Recruiter...Todd Stroud...Harris currently favors Miami, Florida, Florida State, NC State, LSU, Michigan, Ohio State and Minnesota. He denies a favorite among that group but the big three in Florida are obvious front-runners. Pack looks good for an official visit and we think this to be a real prospect to keep an eye on over the coming months...Rating 88

36. WR Josh Briscoe (6-3, 175 pounds, 4.5/40) Burns High School, Lawndale, NC

Prospect Ranking....3-star prospect....No. 13 player in NC....NCS Recruiter........Dick Portee

Notes....Tall, lanky receiver with good hands and shiftiness. Favors UGA, VT, UVA, NCS, TENN and USC but many feel it very likely that he follows TENN-commit Jonathan Crompton to Knoxville. Briscoe's real interest in NCS has been difficult to judge up to this point....Update...If Crompton sticks with Tennessee, look for Briscoe to commit to the Vols after completing his official visits or possibly sooner...Rating....88

37. DT Jeffrey Owens (6-2, 275 pounds, 4.9/40) Plantation (Fla) High School

Notes....4-star prospect....Favors MIA, FSU and OKL over NCS and UGA. Camped at NCS....Rating....87

38. RB Antone Smith (5-8, 185 pounds, 4.4/40) Pahokee (Fla) High School

Prospect Ranking....5-star prospect....Nation's No. 3 RB....No. 2 RB in Florida by Orlando Sentinel....NCS Recruiter........Doc Holliday

Notes....Amazing athlete the Pack has targeted as an every-down RB. Offers from all over but the primary teams in contention are MIA, FSU, NCS and RUT. Smith has sincere interest in the Pack but the pressure to stay in Florida may be too much. Probably a Cane when all is said and done....Rating....86

39. DE Ricky Jean-Francois (6-3, 245 pounds, 4.6/40) Carol City High School, Miami, Fla

Notes.....5-star prospect....Nation's No. 4 DE...Favors MIA solid over NCS, FSU, LSU and SC...Rating....86

40. OL Ronnie Wilson (6-3, 335 pounds, 5.3/40) Ely High School, Pompano Beach, Fla

Prospect Ranking....4-star prospect....No. 3 OL in Florida by Orlando Sentinel....NCS Recruiter........Doc Holliday

Notes....Reports 16 offers and has already set official visits with NCS, OSU and PITT. Some had Wilson reportedly making a commit to OSU while camping with the Buckeyes but that apparently did not pan out. Wilson's trip up for the OSU game will be huge for the Pack's chances. MIA could be a strong player here as well but it's unclear as to what the Cane's interest level is currently....Rating....86.....Official Visit.....Sept 18

41. RB Conredge Collins (6-0, 220 pounds, 4.6/40) Pace High School, Miami, Fla

Notes....3-star prospect...Favors FSU and MIA over NCS and OSU. Visited NCS this summer....Rating....85

42. S Kenny Phillips (6-2, 195 pounds, 4.45/40) Carol City High School, Miami, Fla

Notes....5-star prospect....Nation's No. 1 S.....Favors MIA, FSU, NCS, FLA, LSU....Rating....85

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