By the Numbers

Pack Pride breaks down all the facts and figures of the class of 2005. We also name our top five newcomers that could play a major role for State in 2005.

A look at the 2005 NC State football recruiting class- By the Numbers

Class rating by:

Scout.com: No. 23

No. 1 class in North Carolina by the Atlanta Journal Consitution

ESPN: No. 25

Bill Hodge: No. 24

Breakdown by state: North Carolina (10), Florida (7), Pennsylvania (3), Virginia (2), South Carolina (1), Delaware(1)

Breakdown by position: Running Back (2), Offensive Linemen (7), Defensive End (5), Defensive Tackle (2), Cornerback (1), Quarterback (1), Wide Receivers (4), Linebackers (2), Safety (0)

Level of school: High School (18), Junior College (4), Prep School (2)

Number of top 100 players regardless of position, exiting high school: (4) Toney Baker, Andre Brown, Brandon Jeffries, Kyle Newell

Number of Parade All-Americans, exiting high school: (3) Toney Baker, Andre Brown, Brandon Jeffiries

Number of prospects listed as 4-star, 5-star or All-American: (10) Toney Baker, Andre Brown, Curtis Crouch, Mike Greco, Chad Green, Brandon Jeffries, Garrett Kline, JC Neal, Kyle Newell, Willie Young

Number of players listed in the top 50 at their position exiting high school: (13) Toney Baker, Andre Brown, Quentin Brown, Curtis Crouch, Mike Greco, Chad Green, Brandon Jeffries, JC Neal, Levin Neal, Kyle Newell, Avery Vogt, Julian Williams, Willie Young

Number of players named all-state: (10) prep and JUCO not considered- Toney Baker, Andy Barbee, Quentin Brown, Alan-Michael Cash, Jamelle Eugene, Matt Kushner, Jeraill McCuller, JC Neal, Kyle Newell, Julian Williams

Number of players selected to some post season all-star contest exiting high school: (11) Toney Baker, Andy Barbee, Andre Brown, Curtis Crouch, Mike Greco, Brandon Jeffries, Levin Neal, Avery Vogt, Julian Williams, Willie Young, Doug Palmer

Fastest NC State signee (combine timed)- Levin Neal (4.25-second 40-yard dash at Shrine Bowl combine)

Biggest NC State signee- Jeraill McCuller (6-7, 330 pounds)

First NC State verbal commitment for the class of 2005 (new commit): Garrett Kline (June 2004)

Last NC State verbal commitment for the class of 2005: Quentin Brown (Feb 1, 2005)

Team NC State beat for the most commitments: Virginia Tech (5) Toney Baker, Geron James, JC Neal, Levin Neal, Julian Williams

Team NC State lost the most players to, based on official visits: Miami (5) Randy Phillips, Chris Barney, Kenny Phillips, Eric Houston, AJ Trump

Number of signees that had offers from 2004 BCS Bowl participants: (9) Toney Baker (VT), Curtis Crouch (OKL), Mike Greco (AUB), Chad Green (USC), Geron James (VT), JC Neal (VT), Levin Neal (VT), Kyle Newell (PITT), Julian Williams (VT)

Breakdown by recruiting coach (Note: Amato equals player was recruited by coach Amato plus various assistants): Cignetti (3) Baker, Crouch, Palmer...Portee (2) Barbee, JC Neal....Diaz (5) Andre Brown, Cash, Green, McCuller, Williams, Stroud (3) Quentin Brown, Eugene, Larsen, Amato (4) Greco, Michel, Young, Vogt, Williams (6) James, Levin Neal, Kline, Wright, Newell, Kushner, Barry (1) Jeffries

Pack Pride's summary of NC State's recruiting by position with the class of 2005

Quarterback

Did State meet their needs- (A-)

Did State get who they wanted- (B)

Running Backs

Did State meet their needs- (A+)

Did State get who they wanted- (A+)

Offensive Linemen

Did State meet their needs- (A+)

Did State get who they wanted- (A-)

Wide Receivers

Did State meet their needs- (A+)

Did State get who they wanted- (A)

Defensive Tackle

Did State meet their needs- (A)

Did State get who they wanted- (A-)

Defensive End

Did State meet their needs- (A+)

Did State get who they wanted- (B)

Linebacker

Did State meet their needs- (B-)

Did State get who they wanted- (D)

Defensive Back

Did State meet their needs- (C)

Did State get who they wanted- (D)

Pack Pride's Five Freshmen of Influence

We've watched film, talked with everyone and analyzed this class in and out. Here's our choices of five freshmen that could have an impact for NC State this year.

1. RB Andre Brown- unbelievable talent that has it all. We think he will push whoever is on the depth chart ahead of him and if he starts before the year is out- don't be shocked.

2. DE Chad Green- another big-timer who may only be slowed down by the incredible talent already starting at DE for NC State.

3. RB Toney Baker- could get significant minutes at RB this year and gives State a "different" look at RB when compared to Darrell Blackman, Bobby Washington and Brown.

4. WR Kyle Newell- Newell is one of those kids who has absolutely no interest in talking about football. He's all about gameday. We think he could become big on gameday for the Pack in 2005.

5. OL Andy Barbee- We may be reaching but we love Barbee's potential. With Jed Paulsen gone, we think the door's wide open for Barbee to make a splash in 2005.

The remainder of "By The Numbers" can be found in the March 2005 issue of Pack Pride.

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