Pack Among Leaders For Sapp

With Manny Lawson graduating and Mario Williams likely headed to the NFL following the 2005 season, NC State will be looking for defensive ends in the Class of 2006. South Carolina standout Ricky Sapp is one of the top candidates available and he has the Wolfpack among his favorites.

The 6-4, 225 pound defensive end prospect is not ready to name any favorites, but that doesn't mean the recruiting process isn't heating up.

"Yeah I don't have any favorites yet, but I do have a top ten. Clemson, North Carolina State, Georgia, Virginia Tech, Florida, Auburn, LSU, Tennessee, Nebraska and South Carolina are my top ten," Ricky Sapp said.

The halls of Bamberg Ehrhardt High School will be filled with college coaches over the next few weeks. "South Carolina came by last week. Virginia Tech also came by. Clemson and Georgia are coming on Tuesday. State will be by on Friday," said Sapp.

When will the talented be ready to make a commitment? "That's up in the air. I'm not sure when I will make a decision."

Sapp's summer camp plans are also not clear at this time. "I'm not sure where I will camp," stated Sapp.

Who is recruiting the prize recruit the hardest at this time? "It's all about even. I'm getting lots of mail. I'm trying to read it all, but it's hard. I'm really looking at playing time. I will also look at the education and the facilities. Most importantly I want to play early."

We will continue to keep you updated on this outstanding defensive lineman from South Carolina, right up through signing day 2006.

Junior Stats: Sapp recorded 82 tackles, 11 sacks and 25 tackles for loss as a junior en route to All-State and All-Region honors.

Sapp Quotable: "My strengths are my ability to sack the quarterback. I would also say my speed. I'm really fast. I want to work on my agility. I also want to get faster and stronger."

Scouting Report: Great lower body for a high school player, comes out of his stance like a sprinter. Sometimes gets too far upfield, but his athleticism makes up for any mistakes he makes.

Coach's Comments: "I knew when I got here two years ago that (Sapp) was special," says head coach Ron Duncan. "He was already 6-4, and 185 pounds as a sophomore. He has the frame to play at 235 pounds as a linebacker. He could even get up to 260 pounds. Sometimes in practice, he will play cornerback and dominate there."

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