Did State meet their needs- (Grade A-) NC State set out to land one dual-threat QB and one pure, drop-back QB. They succeeded in landing Mike Greco, a tremendously athletic QB but missed on all of their drop-back prospects.
Did State get who they wanted- (Grade B) Greco was made an early priority and he committed to the Pack in August of 2004. The Pack's first QB offer was to Harrison Beck of Clearwater, Fla but he verballed to Nebraska early in the process and State was never a major factor. State also made offers to Cameron Sexton (UNC) from Laurinburg, NC, Jarrett Brown (WVU) of West Palm Beach, Fla, Carlton Hill (USF) of Monticello, Fla and Chris Todd (TT) of Elizabethtown, Ky. Brown, Hill and Todd all made official visits to NC State but opted for other schools.
In this instant information age where fans break down every aspect of each football prospect, 4.4-second 40-yard dashes have become somewhat of a curse for future college QB's. Just the mention of that type of speed is almost certain to start talk of an impending move to any position other than QB. In the case of NC State commitment Mike Greco, that type of talk surfaced quickly after he ripped off a blazing 4.37-second 40-yard dash at a Nike Combine last year. That feat is even more impressive when you consider Greco checked in at 6-3, 200 pounds. Perhaps just as eye-popping was Greco's 3.9-second 20-yard shuttle and 33-inch vertical leap.
However, make no mistake, the tremendous athletic numbers should be considered simply icing on the cake for a player that wowed the NC State coaches at the Wolfpack's football camp last summer. Greco was part of a Florida "all-star" team of sorts that was invited to Raleigh last summer. The three-star prospect reportedly displayed impressive arm strength and accuracy and came away with a Wolfpack offer shortly after returning home from NC State.
Perhaps the biggest drawback for Greco at this point is his lack of experience as a QB. A two-year starter for Cardinal Gibbons, Greco spent much of his junior year orchestrating a run-based offense that left him scrambling for his life on many occasions when dropping back to pass.
In 2004, Cardinal Gibbons was to employ more of the passing game into the offense and many expected Greco to flourish. However, the lefty QB broke a bone in his throwing hand and missed the first two games of the season. Greco and his Cardinal Gibbons squad struggled the rest of the way although the local media was impressed enough to give him an invite to the Dade-Broward all-star event.
Perhaps Greco stands to benefit most from the hiring of offensive coordinator Marc Trestman. Trestman is renowned for his ability to develop QB's and Greco will be able to come in and learn the nuances of the new Wolfpack offense from the ground floor. Although he will almost certainly red-shirt in 2005, Greco has the potential to become a major contributor for the Wolfpack in the years ahead.