Looking Back at the Class of 2001

Pack Pride looks back at Chuck Amato's first full recruiting class at NC State including five near misses and how they've turned out.

Pack Pride takes a look back at the class of 2001.

Class Rankings:

-No. 15 class in the nation by G&W Recruiting

-No. 13 class in the nation by Tom Lemming and Prep Football Report

-No. 17 class in the nation by Rivals.com

-No. 23 class in the nation by SuperPrep

-No. 9 class in the nation by recruiting analyst Max Emfinger

-No. 31 class in the nation by Scout.com

-Consensus class rating- No. 18 in the nation

Signees:

-OL Brian Archis...no longer with football team

-LB Freddie Aughtry-Lindsay...No. 26 player in NC...backup weak-side LB

-TE Sean Berton...transfer from WVU...dominating TE for NC State in 2002...All-ACC First Team in 2002...currently with Minnesota Vikings

-RB Josh Brown...Unranked in NC...currently working as student assistant coach with the Pack

-DE Terrance Chapman...started at DE for State in 2002. Declared academically ineligible for 2003 season

-OL Antoine Colvin...No. 31 player in Maryland/DC...no longer with football team

-DL Kennie Covington...No. 5 player in NC...SuperPrep All-American...academically ineligible for 2004 season

-DL Chip Cross...Unranked in NC...academically ineligible for 2004 season

-QB Jay Davis...No. 24 player in Florida...SuperPrep All-American...Pack's starting QB

-CB Dovonte Edwards...No. 6 player in NC...SuperPrep All-American...Pack's starting CB

-FB/LB Avery Gibson...No. 20 player in Alabama...lines up at FB and reserve LB for Pack

-CB Greg Golden...No. 66 player in Florida...no longer with football team

-WR Tramain Hall...No. 17 player in Florida...SuperPrep All-American...starting WR

-DL Dwayne Herndon...backup defensive tackle

-WR Sterling Hicks...No. 31 player in Florida...SuperPrep All-American...backup WR

-S Marcus Hudson...No. 38 player in Florida...starting free safety

-S J.J. Jones...Unranked in NC...backup strong safety

-S Andre Maddox...Unranked in Florida...starting strong safety...All-ACC First Team in 2003...

-DT Terrance Martin...super DT for NC State for two years...All-ACC Honorable Mention in 2002

-OL John McKeon...Unranked in NC...starting offensive guard

-OL Brandon Moore...no longer with football team

-DE Renaldo Moses...No. 18 player in NC...backup defensive end

-WR Chris Murray...No. 45 player in Florida...no longer with football team

-OL Jed Paulsen...No. 40 player in Midwest region...starting center, currently injured...All-ACC honorable mention in 2003...Remington Award Nominee in 2004

-DE Shawn Price...No. 51 JUCO player in the nation...two-year starter at defensive end for the Pack...All-ACC Second Team in 2002

-CB Lamont Reid...No. 13 player in NC...starter at cornerback

-TE John Ritcher...No. 25 player in NC...starter at TE

-TE Lamarr Smith...no longer with football team

-WR Fred Span...No. 78 player in Florida...not currently listed on depth chart

-LB Pat Thomas...No. 69 player in Florida...starter at LB...All-ACC 2nd team in 2003

Five that got away:

CB Ahmad Carroll- was set to officially visit NC State on Jan 19, 2001 but never made trip. Played at Arkansas and was All-SEC for all three season with the Razorbacks. First round draft choice of the Green Bay Packers.

S Greg Blue- officially visited NC State on Dec. 1, 2000. At the time, grades were a concern but Blue qualified and ended up at Georgia. He is now listed as the starter for the Dawgs at SS.

WR Roscoe Parrish- verbally committed to NC State in 2001 but reneged when hometown Miami Hurricanes offered just prior to signing day in 2001. Parrish is now a starter at WR for the Canes and one of their big play threats.

CB Dominique Foxworth- Pack battled with Terps for Foxworth but after he cancelled Dec. 15 visit to NC State, Foxworth was all but ready to sign with Maryland. Has since emerged as one of ACC's top defensive backs and is a two-time all-conference selection.

OL Elton Brown- visited NC State on Dec. 1, 2000 and the Pack was very close to landing him. Ended up signing with Virginia and is now considered one of the top offensive guards in the nation. Outland Trophy candidate.


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