NC State made a late run at Varina High School in Richmond, Virginia in 2004 and came away with a commitment from defensive tackle prospect Alan-Michael Cash as a result. The Pack, led by safeties coach Manny Diaz, has gotten an earlier start this year and will be working overtime in 2005 to try to sway talented running back Brandon Minor to Raleigh for the 2006 season.
Minor was simply a monster for Varina last year. He finished off the year with 2,091 yards rushing and 32 total touchdowns en route to all-district, all-region and all-state honors. His play was critical in helping lead the Blue Devils to an undefeated regular season.
At 6-0, 215 pounds and boasting 4.6-second speed in the 40-yard dash, Minor is a load at running back and has landed a ton of early recruiting interest from around the nation. Even before the initial contact period from colleges, the rising senior reports scholarship offers from Florida, Tennessee, NC State, Michigan, Nebraska, Virginia and Virginia Tech.
While some have speculated that Minor could ultimately become a phenomenal LB, he says that all of the schools recruiting him are doing so as a running back only. While still early, he's put together a top five list of perennial college powers.
"Right now my favorites are Miami, Florida, Tennessee, Michigan and Nebraska," said Minor.
NC State obviously got an eyeful of Minor last year while recruiting Cash but obviously has some work to do before becoming a major threat to land the standout back. Minor admitted that he and his former teammate are good friends and that relationship could prove pivotal in landing NC State an official visit later in the year.
"Me and Alan-Michael are real tight," said Minor. "We hang out every now and then. I would say right now NC State probably comes in behind Nebraska. I don't know too much about State right now but I've got Cash and whatever he experiences, he's going to tell me and let me know whether it's a good program or not."
When the time comes for Minor to make a decision, he made it clear that location won't play a factor.
"Close to home really doesn't matter to me," he said. "I would say my education is first."
Minor reports a 2.7 GPA and has scored an 840 on the SAT.