Part II: 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.

  • Part I: Offensive Preview

    Defensive 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.

    Defensive End

    Key losses...Manny Lawson, Chip Cross, Renaldo Moses

    Pack is likely to sign...(2-3)

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

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

    On the surface, NC State appears to be in pretty good shape at the defensive end position but looks could also be potentially deceiving. What is for certain is that State will lose Manny Lawson, Chip Cross and Renaldo Moses after the 2005 season. It is also very possible that Mario Williams could project as a top 10 draft pick should he build on his sophomore season. Chad Green is a monster end waiting in the wings but his academic status is a huge area of concern. Willie Young is a super talent already with the Pack but he will certainly have to build on his thin frame before he's ready to become an every down player for NC State. All of these concerns mean that State will likely aggressively pursue the defensive end spot once again in 2005. On the bright side is the fact that the Wolfpack has had no problem landing big name DE's since the arrival of head coach Chuck Amato. They'll certainly look for more of the same for the class of 2006.

    Early names on the radar...Ricky Sapp...Jayson Ayers...Mike Gee...John Graves...Lamar Mapp...Ronnell Brown

    Defensive Tackle

    Key losses...None

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

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

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

    Defensive tackle, like the offensive line, is a position that you always take talent if given the opportunity, regardless of numbers. The Pack has done a super job recruiting this position with stalwarts John McCargo and Demarcus Tyler starting and talented newcomers Demario Pressley, Gerard Miller, and two freshmen- Alan-Michael Cash and Ted Larsen waiting in the wings. From a numbers standpoint, DT will not be in a make or break position for 2006 but expect the Wolfpack to heavily pursue some of the region's best.

    Early names on the radar...Aleric Mullins...Adam Patterson...Charles Deas...Jason Kates (OL)

    Linebacker

    Key losses...Oliver Hoyte

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

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

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

    A former LB himself, it has to be of some concern to coach Amato that the Pack has signed only two LB's over the last two years. While the lack of numbers may not greatly impact the team on the field in 2005, there's no hiding the fact that State needs linebackers for the future and they need several of them. Admittedly, 2004 was a poor year for high school LB's across the Wolfpack's recruiting region but the potential to come in and earn early playing time will probably be a common theme played over and over with ‘backer prospects for the class of 2006.

    Early names on the radar...Terry Adams...Emmanuel Cook...Chasman Davis...Julius Wilkerson...AJ Jones...Brandon Spikes

    Cornerback

    Key losses...Marcus Hudson

    Pack is likely to sign...(2-3)

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

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

    Including last year's losses with 2005, the Pack will have seen impact players Marcus Hudson, Lamont Reid and Dovonte Edwards depart the Wolfpack program. During that time, NC State has landed Jeremy Gray and Jamelle Eugene. Clearly, CB will be a point of emphasis for the Wolfpack during this recruiting year. Should the decision be made for Levin Neal to make the move from WR to CB, that would ease some depth concerns but look for the Pack to go after two, and possibly three, cornerbacks before all is said and done in 2006.

    Early names on the radar...DeAndre Morgan...Ameer Salahudin...Kendric Burney...

    Crezdon Butler (ATH)

    Safety

    Key losses...JJ Jones

    Pack is likely to sign...(2-3)

    Number signed at this position over the last two years...1

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

    Like the CB position, State will have lost three key contributors at safety over the last two years. During that time they have signed no true S prospects but the position did get a boost after the move of Dajuan Morgan from WR to S. The position could get an added lift if ultra-talented JC Neal were to end up making the transition from offense to defense. It's also worth mentioning that Neal could very possibly play both spots while at State. In any event, the Wolfpack will clearly make the safety position a priority for the class of 2006.

    Early names on the radar...Brandon Heath...Darius Gaither...Deunta Williams...Bruce Carter...Donkay Degraffenreid...David Erby

    Kicker

    Key losses...none

    Pack is likely to sign...at least one

    Number signed at this position over the last two years (still on roster)...0

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

    While some coaches shy away from recruiting scholarship kickers, coach Amato has made the position a recruiting priority while at NC State. The spot took a hit when Tyler Lewis withdrew from school earlier this year. With just two years of eligibility left for K/P John Deraney, expect State to aggressively pursue this position in 2005 and try to sign at least one kicker next February.

    Early names on the radar...None known at current time


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