Here's a breakdown of the commitment stories from this weekend:
"I verbally committed to NC State," Geron James told Pack Pride. "I got all the pressure off now."
"I really knew where I wanted to go so I wanted to get it over with. It was close to home and I enjoyed the visit."
The US Army All-American Bowl has become a stopping off point of sorts for running backs headed to NC State. The annual event, generally recognized as the nation's most prestigious high school all-star game, boasted NC State-bound backs three of the last four years.
On Saturday, all-american RB Toney Baker of Ragsdale High School in Jamestown, NC made it three out of four when he announced his verbal commitment to the Wolfpack.
"Well, I have decided to take my talents to NC State," said Baker.
When asked whether the departure of RB TA McLendon was a factor in his decision, Baker said, "Not much at all. I wanted to go to NC State whether he had stayed or not."
Recruited by NC State QB coach and recruiting coordinator Curt Cignetti, Baker is almost a shoo-in to become the fourth Parade All-American RB to occupy a spot on the Wolfpack's roster in 2005, joining Andre Brown, Bobby Washington and Darrell Blackman.
"It went pretty good," Littleton Wright said. "I enjoyed myself up there. It's nice a campus, and the facilities were great."
"The players really welcomed you in, and that's something I really liked."
The visit went so well that before leaving he chose to commit to NC State.
"Yea, I committed," Wright said. "I told them I was coming. I let coach Amato know before I left that I wanted to go there, and he was happy."
NC State picked up another huge commitment this weekend as four-star offensive lineman Curtis Crouch committed to the Wolfpack.
"My visit went well, and I'm committing to North Carolina State," Curtis Crouch told Pack Pride. "When I came up for the visit the players just made it feel like home.. it felt so much like home.
"I just felt like I was a part of the team, and I wanted to go ahead and make up my mind because that's what I was looking for."
It was clear from the start of the 2004-05 recruiting season that the offensive line would be a major point of emphasis for NC State. OL Doug Palmer from Byrd High School in Fayetteville, NC was a new name that surfaced only recently but apparently, he was not an unknown to the NC State coaching staff.
At 6-3, 291 pounds, Palmer's best 40-yard dash speed is 5.0-seconds and he boasts a 405-pound bench press. He was a standout at Byrd along the offensive line and came away with all-conference honors and a selection to the Shrine Bowl where he impressed throughout the week of workouts.
The Wolfpack was apparently impressed enough that they offered a scholarship and an official visit to Raleigh this weekend and the senior standout came away impressed. He also made the decision to run with the Pack in 2005.
"Yeah, I committed to State this weekend," said Palmer. "The visit was really nice. Coach Cignetti is the guy that was recruiting me and they just showed us the facilities and stuff. The reason I committed to State was because I could tell the players are hungry to win a national championship and that's the way I feel too.
J.C. Neal had all but narrowed his recruiting choices down to NC State, Virginia Tech and Maryland wih in-state powers USC and Clemson making a late charge. However, the Pack seemed to hold the upper hand for months and, this past weekend, Neal made it official for NC State.
"Yeah, I committed to State," said Neal. "NC State was so fun. I just loved everything- the players, the coaches, the fans. We were at the game last night and those fans were crazy. It was just like at the football game. While I was there I just got to see the campus and it was sweet. But the fans and the coaching staff is what did it for me for NC State. When I went in to tell coach Amato, he just started yelling and saying he needed an aspirin."
Fort Myers (Fl.) linebacker Ray Michel visited NC State this weekend and gave a verbal commitment to the Wolfpack.
"That visit was wonderful," Ray Michel told Pack Pride. "Richard Washington was my host, and he was from my high school so we hit it off. Everything was just great and I committed before I left."
NC State defensive line coach Todd Stroud had been recruiting Michel for the Wolfpack, and the Fort Myers, Florida product told he and Coach Amato about his decision before leaving Raleigh.
"They both were real happy," Michel said. "They let me know how much they wanted me to play linebacker for them and now I just want to get up there and make plays.
NC State's amazing recruiting weekend isn't over yet as New Bern offensive tackle Julian Williams has announced that he will play for the Wolfpack. "I just felt comfortable," Julian Williams told Pack Pride. "I told coach Amato before I left from the visit that I was coming, and he was happy about it. "I knew I was going to go there the whole time, so I figured it was time go ahead and commit." Williams chose the Wolfpack over offers from East Carolina, Virginia Tech, Tennessee, UNC, Maryland, and Notre Dame among others.