NC State hosted one of South Carolina's top defensive backs this past March at their annual junior day event. The position is one of major importance to the Wolfpack staff for the class of 2006 and they'll likely be keeping a close eye on rising senior safety David Erby of Rock Hill (SC) High School as the 2005 season unfolds.
At 5-11, 190 pounds and boasting 4.5-second speed in the 40-yard dash, Erby put up some monster stats for Rock Hill in 2004. On the year he collected 106 tackles, 22 tackles for loss and six sacks en route to all-region honors. Erby, lining up as a linebacker on the high school level, also came up big in his team's state championship run last year- tallying seven tackles, one sack and two tackles for loss in the title game.
The Pack was one of the first schools to jump on Erby and the talented prospect talked about his first visit to NC State back in March.
"I came up to State for junior day and it was good," said Erby. "They were talking a lot about student athletes and how academics come first. They were saying how you have to get your academics right. The weight room and the field there is really nice. I got a chance to talk to coach Portee and coach Amato and they're good coaches."
Although it's still very early in the recruiting process, Erby has formulated a top five and a favorite headed into the May contact period.
"Right now I like NC State, UNC, South Carolina, Clemson and Tennessee," said Erby. "But I would say State is my favorite. They really seem to be the most interested."
Erby has yet to receive his first official scholarship offer but that will likely change in the near future. He will camp at NC State over the summer in the hopes of landing a scholarship from the Pack.
Erby plans to major in Physical Education