Did the Pack meet their needs- (C) Admittedly, the Wolfpack was extremely selective when targeting defensive backs for the class of 2005. Jamelle Eugene was a solid pickup for NC State but landing just one DB probably fell short of what the Pack hoped to pull off.
Did the Pack get who they wanted- (D) NC State targeted a number of superb defensive back prospects but missed on nearly all of them. Included in the list were Demetrius Morley (TENN), Kenny Phillips (MIA), Randy Phillips (MIA), Requan Boyette (DK), Jordan Hemby (UNC), Cam Martin (VT), Tyler Roberts (USF) and Knowledge Timmons (Penn State).
Jamelle Eugene (5-9, 187 pounds, 4.5-seconds in the 40) from Naples (Fla) High School is a perfect example of how player can return from a devastating injury through perseverance and hard work. Eugene suffered tears of his ACL and MCL as a sophomore in 2002. After undergoing a year of rehab, Eugene returned in grand fashion in 2002 as he piled up nearly 2,000 yards rushing en route to all-state first team honors. This past season he collected an impressive 1,213 yards and 16 touchdowns and was selected all-state yet again.
Despite Eugene's accomplishments at RB, he will begin his career at CB for the Wolfpack. Smallish at 5-9, Eugene makes up for his lack of size with tremendous quickness, shifty hips and a tenacious attitude. He is unusually strong given his size which is reminiscent of Pack WR Tramain Hall exiting high school. Perhaps Eugene's strongest suit is simply his overall athletic ability. While he has played almost exclusively at RB on the prep level, the Wolfpack coaches were reportedly impressed with his overall athleticism and feel he could become a natural at CB.
Since the move to the defensive backfield will be a huge transition for Eugene, it is most likely it will take at least a couple of years for him to grow into the position. However, with time he could become an integral part of the Pack's DB rotation.