Part I: Recruiting Class Of 2006 Preview

With the initial May contact period just weeks away, Pack Pride gives a backdrop for the recruiting Class of 2006 and what positions may be most critical for the Pack.

Offensive Preview

Pack Pride takes a look at how NC State may recruit the various positions for the class of 2006. The following should be considered a rough guide only as many factors will affect the actual numbers at each position between now and signing day next year. Based on numbers available currently, the Pack will likely sign between 20-25 players in next year's class. All information contained in this article is the opinion of the staff at Pack Pride and should not be confused as being information from the coaching staff at NC State.

Quarterback

Key losses...Jay Davis

Pack is likely to sign...at least one

Number signed at this position over the last two years...2

How important is this spot in relationship to other positions...moderate

In addition to winning 34 games with NC State, QB Philip Rivers also helped turn the QB spot into an attractive one for high school recruits. The Pack has been in the running for, and landed official visits from, numerous high profile signal-callers. However, the Pack has missed on many of their bluechip prospects since landing Marcus Stone in 2003. As always, State will look to sign at least one QB in 2006 after losing Jay Davis to graduation.

Early names on the radar...Zach Frazer...Jeremy Ricker...Antwine Perez (ATH)...Herb Bynes

Running Back

Key losses...none

Pack is likely to sign...(0-1)

Number signed at this position over the last two years...3

How important is this spot in relationship to other positions...low

Despite a backfield that could potentially boast four parade all-americans, it is highly unlikely the Pack will just ignore the running back position in 2005. Realistically, landing a big-time RB could be a tough sell for NC State but nothing grabs the attention of high school players more than the emergence of a big name college back. It isn't a stretch to assume that TA McLendon's early success at RB created quite a buzz among high school RB's and made the position an attractive one among the prep ranks. Should one of State's much-heralded RB corps have a monster season, it could generate interest from around the region.

Early names on the radar...Josh Adams (DB)...AJ Wallace (CB)...Norman Whitley

Wide Receiver

Key losses...Fred Span, Tramain Hall, Sterling Hicks, Brian Clark

Pack is likely to sign...(2-5)

Number signed at this position over the last two years...5

How important is this spot in relationship to other positions...anywhere from low to crucial

Wide receiver will be a position that will be tough to project until much later in the year. What is known is that the wideout position will suffer a major blow due to graduation after the 2005 season with the losses of Tramain Hall, Sterling Hicks, Brian Clark and Fred Span. That, plus the departure of Richard Washington will create a huge hole headed into the 2006 season. State seemingly addressed many of those concern when they inked four wide receivers in the class of 2005. However, three of the four could project at other positions. Kyle Newell has the frame to ultimately play tight end and was recruited heavily as a defensive end. Levin Neal has all the physical makings to potentially become a stellar cornerback. JC Neal may be one of the Pack's most talented newcomers and was a fabulous safety in high school. If all three ultimately stay at WR then filling spots here won't be as crucial in the class of 2006. If two or three make the move to other positions then landing replacements ramps up significantly.

Early names on the radar...Owen Spencer...Damon McDaniel

Tight End

Key losses...TJ Williams, John Ritcher

Pack is likely to sign...(1-2)

Number signed at this position over the last two years...2

How important is this spot in relationship to other positions...crucial

Tight end is another unknown headed into the 2005 season. With the arrival of Marc Trestman as the new offensive coordinator, no one will know until the 2005 season arrives what importance will be placed on the tight end spot and what type of TE will Trestman prefer. Will it be the Sean Berton-type who was a dominating blocker. Will it be the Willie Wright-type that was a glorified wide receiver. Or will it be a TJ Williams clone who was basically a mix of the two. With two of the four tight ends on scholarship set to leave after the 2005 season, it is a safe assumption that the Pack will be looking at this position heavily for the class of 2006.

Early names on the radar...Jesse Cisco...

Offensive Line

Key losses...Merci Falaise, John McKeon, Dwayne Herndon

Pack is likely to sign...(3-5)

Number signed at this position over the last two years...8

How important is this spot in relationship to other positions...moderate

Recruiting the offensive line is always a position of need for basically every college program. The Pack set out to upgrade it's talent and depth in the trenches last year and managed to land seven new linemen. State landed some players that could contribute early in their careers and also inked some projects that will probably take time to develop. Despite last year's numbers, don't expect the Pack coaching staff to let up in 2005. They could potentially be a little more selective but will be just as aggressive going after the nation's best for the class of 2006.

Early names on the radar...Alex Stadler...Carl Johnson...Seaver Brown...Leo Tilley


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